Film Year: 2022
Film Length: 103 min.
Director: Byron Hurt
Byron Hurt explores the history and culture of hazing, a widespread, far-reaching practice that has long pervaded college campuses and that is increasingly, and tragically finding its way into our headlines. Hurt, a one-time fraternity member himself who has admittedly been on both sides of the hazing equation, explores the roots of the practice, ranging from systemic racism, toxic masculinity, and groupthink culture within Greek life, making a connection between the practice and race, gender, class, and where one goes to school. Hurt looks at the issue from all angles, including the heartbreaking perspective of families who have lost loved ones, helping to put faces and names to the life-changing implications and tragic loss that hazing causes.
Introduction by Steve Humble (VPM)
Discussion with director Byron Hurt and film subject James Vivenzio, moderated by Angie Miles (VPM)
Presented in partnership with the The University of Virginia’s Gordie Center, which works to end hazing and substance misuse among college and high school students nationwide through evidence-informed, student-tested resources that share the lessons from Lynn “Gordie” Bailey Jr.’s tragic death as a result of a hazing-related alcohol overdose. Visit the Gordie Center website for additional educational resources and campaigns.
Vinegar Hill Theatre