Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New Short Film, 'The Truth', Based On 'The Truth' By Barbara Becker Holstein, Now In Production

Based on her highly successful book for teens, 'The Truth', the new short film features Cassidy Terracciano

'The Truth', a new short film, has begun production in Oakhurst New Jersey at the White House, a Tea House with a variety of gardens and rooms perfect for filming. The film is based on the book by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, 'The Truth, (I'm a girl, I'm smart and I know everything)'. The short film stars Cassidy Terracciano as the Girl. Cassidy has played Elle Woods in 'Legally Blonde', Sally Smith in 'Me and My Girl', Anne Frank in 'The Diary of Anne Frank' and Jane in 'Tarzan'. The videographer for the film is Lin Pernille, Photographer, Jersey City.

The film is the next step for Dr. Holstein. "Letting the Girl come to light through film is so exciting and gives her more room to be herself.  In the film she utilizes both her written diary and her cam recorder to capture and share her most secret feelings and thoughts."

Dr. Holstein recently presented a play based on the book,  'The Locket', at the Dramatist Guild of America in Manhattan at 1501 Broadway. The play was directed by Bob Angelini, actor/director and Artistic Director of the Revision Theatre in Asbury Park.

"This summer," stated Dr. Holstein, "a new film is being released, 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl'.  In the film the teenager speaks into a tape recorder to record and process her life.  Whether a girl chooses to write in a diary, speak into a recorder or utilize a video device, it is an important step in moving from girlhood into adulthood.  Yes, #GirlsCan.

"Diaries are important for teens and tweens, as it allows us to record what we did and/or our feelings.  We may remember keeping our diary locked and hidden. The diary for most of us was very private. As a positive psychologist I have great respect for our diaries.  They are an entrance way to the inner life we experience growing up.  Events may be accurately reported, but what is most important is our chance to 'share' with ourselves a sense of personal identity and importance.  Oftentimes the diary is the only place to put into words what hurts the most, or what feels the most wonderful.  It is a place to prove to a girl, tween or teen, that she is truly #likeagirl in the best sense of the expression."

"What is particularly interesting in today's world is the #selfie which has taken disclosure to a whole new level.  Everyone records themselves in #selfies. Whereas diaries are often locked, hidden off limits to others, #selfies are often displayed and shared, even to the point of poor judgement.  The Girl in 'The Truth' keeps her diary but she also records everything that is relevant to her on her video camera.  Who is the video record for? Herself? Others? A Guardian Angel? Who are all our #selfies for? Only time will tell."

Recent marketing campaigns such as #LikeaGirl by Always (introduced during last year's Super Bowl) and #GirlsCan by Covergirl (featuring Ellen DeGeneres and Queen Latifah) are helping to overcome many long held biases. Dr. Holstein strongly believes that it's very important to reach girls with empowering messages a very early age, as it is in those formative years that self image is formed and future plans are laid.

Dr. Holstein recently released "The Truth, Diary Of A Gutsy Tween". The new book is a revised and expanded edition of her very successful book, 'The Truth: I'm a Girl, I'm Smart and I Know Everything'. The new book is published by Sky Pony Press.

A Facebook page, thetruthforgirls, highlights many of the topics woven into "The Truth".  Articles, videos, remarks, conversations, visuals, on this page center around many of the issues that tweens face growing up.  These include: self-esteem issues, quarreling in families, divorce, moving to a new home, a new school, best friends, a crush, bullies, a death in the family, money issues, not feeling pretty, feeling sad, feeling lonely, jealousy and more. Dr. Holstein's book for teens and tweens is a first in using fiction for embedding positive psychology concepts.

Her second book in The Truth Series is “Secrets: Diary Of A Gutsy Teen”. In 'Secrets' the girl is 13 years old. She handles many adolescent issues, including a crush, moving, a death in the family, feeling fat and problems with girlfriends.  'Secrets' provides a book kids and parents and grandparents can share and use as a sounding board for needed communication between the generations.

Both “The Truth” and “Secrets” are great for parents, grandparents, older siblings and teachers to establish lines of communication with the tweens and teens in their lives. Both books have been re-released by Sky Pony Press.

Dr. Holstein is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at drbarbara@enchantedself.com. All of her works are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all other online retailers. More information is available at her website at http://www.TheTruthForGirls.com.


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist is the creator of The Enchanted Self ®, a positive psychology method for happiness.  She is in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein.

Dr. Barbara can be found on the web, interviewed, writing articles and posting video 'TED' style talks on Happiness,  Positive Psychology, Relationships and Parenting.

She has been a contributor to Heart and Soul, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Redbook, Real Simple, The Wall Street Journal, Time on line, the Today Show and Family Circle Magazine.


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
170 Morris Ave.,
Long Branch, New Jersey 07740