Teen Cast of Cartoon Network's CONTEST Write/Perform Film's Soundtrack
CONTEST, Cartoon Network
In addition to starring in Cartoon Network's Oct. 6 world television premiere (6 p.m. ET/PT) of CONTEST, a film about bullying, teen actors Kenton Duty, Katherine McNamara and Alex Boniello also wrote & performed original songs for the film's soundtrack, now available on iTunes.
With lyrics about bullying and how kids can overcome it, three songs with music videos are now available for embedding (in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month):
"Breaking the Surface" by Kenton Duty ("Matt" in CONTEST)
"Chatter" by Katherine MacNamara ("Sarah" in CONTEST)
"Alright for Now" by Alex Boniello ("Joe" in CONTEST)
CONTEST is set in a small town high school where athletes are revered and the swim team rules. Two students-one, a bully (Kenton Duty, Shake It Up!); the other, his victim (Dan Flaherty, The Americans)-are forced to work together on a television cooking contest for teens, which forms an unlikely friendship. As the contest unfolds and stakes grow higher, old emotions resurface, loyalties are challenged and the line between friend and foe is blurred. From Percolate Productions, CONTEST is written and directed by newcomer Ajay Giunta, and features Katherine McNamara (New Year's Eve), Kyle Dean Massey (Hart of Dixie), Mary Beth Peil (Dawson's Creek), Alex Boniello (Detachment), Chris Riggi (Adult World), Owen Teague (Malibu Country), Raviv Ullman (A.K.A. Ricky Ullman of Phil of the Future), Robert Wuhl (Arli$$), Kelley Missal (One Life to Live) and Youtube star Jan "Johnny" Uczkowski.
The CONTEST premiere will be followed immediately at 8 p.m. by a live, hour-long online Q&A with current New York Times Best-Selling author Rosalind Wiseman, whose new book, Masterminds & Wingmen (#3 on NYT List), reveals the way boys think and shows parents, educators and coaches how to reach out and help boys overcome their most common yet difficult challenges. At www.StopBullyingSpeakUp.com , another Q&A will also occur at 8 p.m. for west coast audiences.
Wiseman is an internationally recognized expert on children, teens, parenting, bullying, social justice, and ethical leadership. She also writes the monthly "Ask Rosalind" column in Family Circle magazine, and is a regular contributor to several blogs and websites. Also, a gift to boys, Wiseman has written a companion text specifically for teen boys available for free at iTunes, entitled The Guide: Managing Douchebags, Recruiting Wingmen, and Attracting Who You Want.