The Tuman Effect - Man on a mission The man who makes kids cry

This is a time of hopelessness for many people. Bullying and anger are causing many to simply give-up because they believe they have no power to change our world.
Meet Jim Tuman, hear his words and find your own call to action by his inspiration. He has spoken to more than two million people around the world.
At the age of 76, his message of caring continues to touch and motivate people of all ages. “The Tuman Effect” is the journey of one man to change our world.

Jim Tuman dedicated his life to protecting and encouraging young people around the world. His ground breaking work as a speaker in the 1980s changed the way students, parents and educators took on the issues of bullying and teen suicide. When Jim began demanding students to respect and love themselves and tell people in their lives that they matter, he was leading a new movement. Many schools were afraid to allow him to speak because the result was tears and raw emotion that poured from every audience.
This documentary traces his success through the eyes and stories of then-teens in the audience, and explores what makes Jim Tuman a unique individual who still connects with his audiences today. He is bold, caring and is likely the most unusual man you've ever met!

  • Mathew Brunn
  • Date Taken:
    December 2, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Camera:
    Canon EOS C300
  • Lens:
    Canon Cine 30 -105
  • Focal Length:
  • Student Project:
  • Royal Oak Film Festival
    Royal Oak, Michigan
    October 14, 2017
Artist Biography

Jimmy Tuman
National Youth Speaker
• Graduate of Michigan State University
• Developed three national programs dealing with youth, women and returning veterans
• Has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS national news, The Today Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show
• Has been featured in: Newsweek, USA Today, Business Week, Chicago Sun Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News and the New York Times
• Was invited by fourteen world leaders to talk about the breakdown of families
• Has been the subject of a nationwide documentary show in Japan
• Believes in balance in his life and has done such diverse things as being a circus clown, rodeo rider, symphony musician, cake decorator and parade enthusiast
• Served as a famine relief worker in Ethiopia and worked as a roadee with the rock band Journey
• Passed the milestone of speaking to more than two million students in more than 2000 schools nationwide
• Named Detroit News “Michiganian of the Year”
• Named 2012 Distinguished Alumni from Michigan State University
• Featured performance in the critically acclaimed national movie “A Girl Like Her” (2015)
• TEDx Talk (Fall 2015)

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