Cool Kid Daniel Tweedy makes anti-bullying film

LA CRESCENTA, Calif. (KABC) -- This week's ABC7 Cool Kid is Daniel Tweedy, who wrote, produced and edited an anti-bullying short film.

The 90-second video made by the 15-year-old was the winner of the 2016 Great Kindness Challenge hosted by Glendale Memorial Hospital.

"I really thought it was a chance... just to show that the message of kindness is most important," Daniel said.

The short film was submitted as part of an anti-bullying initiative sponsored by Dignity Health.

Rev. Cassie McCarty, who heads the spiritual services at the hospital, said Daniel exemplifies kindness as evident through his work.

"We were really excited about the fact that in the beginning the gentleman that was a (bully), in the end, Daniel was able to extend kindness to him. That was really appealing to us and really demonstrated the kindness that we were looking for," McCarty said.

The video shows Daniel, who attends Crescenta Valley High School in La Crescenta, being bullied and pushed to the ground before another student rushed to help him.

A ripple effect of kindness follows, with the last shot showing Daniel helping the student who bullied him and ultimately becoming his friend.

Daniel said that while it was not an easy video to make, his family supported him the entire way.

"You know my sister acted, my dad helped film, my mom helped pick out the music and we all contributed," he said.

Daniel's school at the time, Rosemont Middle School, received a $500 prize. After high school, Daniel hopes to get into a film program at UCLA.

"You know a simple act of kindness no matter how small, like opening a door or smiling can go a long way," Daniel shared.

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated that Daniel Tweedy attends Valley High School in Santa Ana. He attends Crescenta Valley High School in La Crescenta. An earlier version also stated Crescenta Valley High School received a $500 prize. It was Tweedy's former school Rosemont Middle School that received the $500 prize.
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