Archive for January, 2008

Welcome Emily!

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

We are excited to welcome Emily, our new Intern on Adina’s Deck. Many of you will be talking to her at some point. Here’s more about Emily! emily.jpg

Emily Bronstein is the new intern at Adina’s Deck. She is a third year
Political Science Major at UC Berkeley. This San Diego native is also very
involved in her sorority and even facilitates a student taught class at
Berkeley. In another vein, she simply cannot stand wooden pencils (this
last sentence is just a joke).

Screening at SF Childrens Film Fest at Wondercon

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Amelia Varni, “Adina,” Kelcie Stranahan “Skye,” Cristina Delvalle “Haley” and Donald Lett II “The Counselor” made an appearance at the SF Film Festival at Wondercon along with directors Debbie and Jason. Nick Myggen from the camera department was there too. Here are some pictures from the event:

Debbie and Jason with Gumby

Thanks to all of you who came to the event!

The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Growing up with great Educational shows as well as great Detective shows certainly helped inspire Adina’s Deck. Some of our favorites are:

  • Ghostwriter!
  • MathNet on Square One
  • Encyclopedia Brown DVD Series
  • Nancy Drew books
  • Babsitters Club books
  • And… The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo! Congrats to the actress Irene who  just got married.

I found this clip of the show on YouTube. How I miss the good ol’ Nickelodeon days! Hopefully Adina’s Deck can help re-inspire the type of programming that I want my kids to watch one day.

NEA Cyber Bullying Story: Silencing Cyberbullies

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

NEA Today’s writer Cindy Long posted a fabulous article about Cyber Bullying. We were interviewed for the story and Adina’s Deck is one of the links. The story is below; and you can read the entire article here.

Silencing Cyberbullies

Digital sticks and stones can’t break bones—but they can hurt even more. What educators can do to curb bullying in cyberspace.

by Cindy Long

Ryan Halligan was bullied so relentlessly at school, he finally learned kickboxing to defend himself from the physical assaults. But when the attacks moved online, he had no way to fight back, and no refuge. Day and night, he received e-mails and instant messages from classmates ridiculing him and calling him a loser. When a pretty girl at school pretended to like him online but later revealed she was only joking, the taunting e-mails and instant messages increased, only with even more venom. A few weeks later, in October 2003, Ryan hanged himself in his family’s bathroom. He was 13 years old.

Now, Ryan’s father travels to schools around the country to share the events that led up to his son’s suicide and to warn educators and students about the dangers of cyberbullying. “Please don’t ever forget Ryan’s story,” he says, “or the fragility of adolescence.”

CyberBully01_Tritone.jpgCyberbullying is the use of electronic technology to deliberately harass or intimidate. Unlike the schoolyard bully of yesteryear, the cyberbully can hide behind online anonymity and attack around the clock, invading the privacy of a teen’s home. With young people spending most of their free time online or texting their friends, digital bullies not only have ready access to victims, but also an audience—because without witnesses, virtual bullying loses its punch.

According to Pew Research, about one third (32 percent) of all teenagers who use the Internet say they have been targets of some form of cyberbullying that ranged from receiving threatening messages and having their private e-mails or text messages forwarded to having an embarrassing picture posted or rumors about them spread online.

Lighthouse Christian Store

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Starting today, Jan 28, 2008, Lighthouse Christian Store in Dublin, CA will be carrying copies of Adina’s Deck for Parents, Church Group Leaders, Teachers and more. If you go into their store there is $5 off the DVD  for an additional 20% off in Jan. and Feb.! logo_lighthouse.gif

We’ve had many requests and purchases from religious groups, who use Adina’s Deck for lessons about Internet Safety, cyber bullying, relational aggression, decision making,  and technology. If you aren’t local to Dublin, CA you can still purchase Adina’s Deck. *please note: Adina’s Deck is not affiliated with any religious party, nor are there any references to religion in the film.

International Family Film Festival

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

Adina’s Deck was accepted into the 2008 International Family Film Festival in Los Angeles! The film will be screened between April 28th and March 2nd, time TBD. Their official website is: ifff_seal.jpgIFFF’s Mission Statement: IFFF promotes socially responsible films and screenplays suitable for a general audience and expresses a fundamental respect for the positive values of life. The IFFF promotes and encourages the creation and sharing of family film and screenplay product through film exhibition, professional and children’s hands-on film camps, seminars and post-film discussions. Any subject matter may be covered.

Keep an Eye on the Events

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

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SF Bay Area International Childrens Film Festival

Friday, January 25th, 2008

“Adina’s Deck” was selected for the 2008 San Francisco Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival!

The festival takes place from Feb. 22-24 at WonderCon at the Moscone Center South. More than 100 films from around the world will be shown in a 400-seat theater on the 2nd floor, room 250. WonderCon is the largest comic-book and popular culture convention in Northern California, hosting more than 20,000 visitors during its three-day run. It is the sister event to Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Adina’s Deck will screen at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. Information about the 2008 festival will be posted on during the next two weeks. (The films listed on the site as of today are from 2007).

Covington Elementary School Cyber Bullying Film/Talk Tonight

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Tonight, Jason and I will be showing Ep. 1/speaking at Covington Elementary School in the Multi-Purpose room from 6:45-9pm . The event is hosted by: ““SELPA,” which  stands for Special Education Local Plan Area, as it is defined by the state Office of Education.  SELPA 1 includes all the public schools in the cities of Los Altos, Palo Alto, and Mountain View.  “CAC” stands for Community Advisory Committee.  Formed in 1994, the SELPA 1 CAC is a group of people — mostly parents of children with special needs along with district administrators and special education staff — who work on a wide range of issues related to special education. For more information, visit:

Adinas Deck in Baltimore Cyber Bullying News

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

This morning, Adina’s Deck was featured on the Web Trends Report on AM1090 in Baltimore, in affiliation with WBAL/NBC Channel 11.

Here is the news story about Cyber Bullying:
To read the original article, click here

The Cast

Adina - Amelia Varni
Amelia Varni
Clara - Ciera Trussell
Ciera Trussell
Skye - Kelcie Stranahan
Kelcie Stranahan
Melody - Stephanie Cameron
Stephanie Cameron
Michael - Sam Ison
Sam Ison
Winner Seals