Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green and starring Mark Wahlberg, ‘Joe Bell’ is the true story of a man who goes on a mission to spread awareness about the effects of bullying in school after his son committed suicide as a result of youth bullying and gay victimization.
‘Joe Bell’ was first premiered at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival and is expected to be a heart-touching story of Joe and Jaden. The film is scheduled for a July 23rd release.
Written by the Oscar-winning writers of Brokeback Mountain, this biographical drama is an intimate and emotional story of an Oregonian father, Joe, who pays tribute to his gay teenage son Jadin, embarking on a self-reflective walk across America to speak his heart to heartland citizens about the real and terrifying costs of bullying.
As per the real-life unfortunate incident, the 15-year-old Jaden was mercilessly bullied both in school and over the internet because he was gay and for not being accepted by many of his schoolmates. He hanged himself and died later while in hospital. After Jaden’s death on February 3, 2013, his father started a cross-country tribute in honor of his son and began a walk across the country but unfortunately, Joe was killed in a road accident after hit by a truck in rural eastern Colorado.
Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Reid Miller, Connie Britton
Cinematography: Jacques Jouffret
Release Date: September 14, 2020 (TIFF); July 23, 2021 (United States)