Describe Me

Mari and Julia were best friends up until the eighth grade when Julia threatened to beat up a sixth grader which causes her to have three months of suspension. Julia loses her school popularity, and is replaced as by Mari as the most popular girl in high school. Julia goes after her replacement Mari and bullies her far into questioning if her life is still worth living. It's a story based on the gruesome reality of suicide being the third leading cause of death for people aged 15-24 in the USA. And according to Yale University research, victims of bullying are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims.

  • Micah Borghese
  • Micah Borghese
  • Amelia Clark
    Key Cast
  • Kaylin Mally
    Key Cast
    American Honey
  • Bre Jacobs
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 22, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Middle School
  • Kansas City FilmFest
    Kansas City, MO
    United States
    April 9, 2017
    Heartland Student Shorts
Director Biography - Micah Borghese

I am a 14-year-old filmmaker from Kansas. The first video project I made was called "Snatcher on the Block" and was the start of my passion for filmmaking and editing. I am by no means a professional writer, cinematographer, or editor as you can probably see. I'm just having fun working on projects I love.

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Director Statement

I started working on "Describe Me" about a year ago after thinking about some sort of meaningful project I could work on in my free time. I've always loved recording sketches and performing in shows. I had no intention of publishing this short film. I thought of it as a concept film I would later turn into a full-length feature. As I was in the editing phase, I read a heartbreaking suicide note written by a 13-year-old boy who was bullied by his classmates. I had just turned 14, and realized now this boy wouldn't be able to. In an interview with his parents, they said, "He wanted accountability. He wanted people to hear his story." I also noticed a rise in teen suicides in my area, and felt the urge to publish.