Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New Short Film, 'The Truth', Based On Book For Tweens By Barbara Becker Holstein, Has New Website For Followers Of Film

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

A new short film, 'The Truth', has begun production in Oakhurst New Jersey. 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.

Dr. Holstein is pleased to announce that a new website has been created,  (www.NewShortFilmTheTruth.com), that will allow the public to follow the crew through the production process and will give visitors an insiders, "backstage" look at the production of the film as it progresses.

In the film, a young girl keeps her diary and reaches out to others at the same time as she keeps a record of "the truth". She shares her life in her diary and through recording devices, including her phone and a video camera. The film will hold special interest for parents, grandparent and educators, as it allows them to 'get inside the head' of a tween girl and immerse themselves in HER world, experiencing first-hand what she experiences in real time. Topics in the film include:

Falling in love
Hating her mother
Hating her parents fighting
Being afraid to grow up
Being upset that they may move
Loving the locket her aunt gives her and feeling loved in ways by her aunt that her parents can't seem to muster
Wishing the boy she is in love with would grow taller
Confronting her disappointment that she has no relationship with him
Sharing her glee at having a best friend and confiding in each other
Coming to terms with growing up
Letting go of the her first love
Getting ready to move and more.

ScreenshotBarbaraShe turns off her recording devices and closes her diary as they move, happy that she has found a secret way to hold on to herself emotionally as the movers come.

Dr. Holstein also 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.

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 tween and teen girls with empowering messages, as it is in those formative years that one's self image is formed and future plans are laid.

"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 or her phone.  Who is the video record for? Herself? Others? A Guardian Angel? Who are all our #selfies for? Only time will tell."

Dr. Holstein also 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