THE STUDENT BODY

In an effort to address the obesity epidemic, notification letters are being sent to students whose body mass do not fall within a narrow range deemed “acceptable” by the government; essentially telling children, even as young as kindergarteners, that they are fat.  When a determined sixth-grader in Ohio voices her protest against the ‘fat letters’, student journalist Bailey Webber is inspired to take her fight to the highest levels of government.

THE STUDENT BODY is a true underdog story about two brave girls who take a stand against bullying and government hypocrisy while exploring the complex and controversial truths behind the childhood obesity debate.

COMING SOON (Spring, 2016)

THE FILMMAKERS

In feature films, the director is God; In documentary films, God is the director
– Alfred Hitchcock

MICHAEL WEBBER

PRODUCER, CO-DIRECTOR, Writer

Michael Webber is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and producer of The Student Body. He has produced numerous films for 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate and is producer/director of the runaway hit documentary The Elephant in the Living Room.  Praised by critics as one of the best films of the year, the movie went on to win 5 Best Documentary Awards and became the #1 Independent Film in the US – remaining in the Top 10 for nearly a year.

Michael has been guest on countless radio and television talkshows including appearances on The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News and Nightline. He was also the subject of an ABC 20/20 special by Emmy Award winning journalist Jay Schradler.  To see all of Michael’s motion picture and television credits, visit the Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com).

BAILEY WEBBER

CO-DIRECTOR, STUDENT JOURNALIST

Bailey Webber is a student investigative journalist, writer and co-director of The Student Body.  Her story of courage and activism has been featured in numerous newspaper and online articles.  She has been honored by the National Association of University Women for her advocacy work, is an ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association as well as Proud to Be Me with which she has written several articles, blogs, and has participated in panel discussions.

Bailey is also an up-and-coming public speaker and has appeared as a guest on several television and radio shows.  Bailey is the daughter of Michael Webber, a motion picture producer and renowned documentary filmmaker.  As such, she has grown up around movie making and has storytelling in her blood. T he Student Body is her directorial debut.

PAUL BRILL

COMPOSER

Paul Brill has received 3 EMMY AWARD nominations for his scores for the films, “Full Battle Rattle” (National Geographic), “The Devil Came on Horseback” (Break Thru Films), and “The Trials of Darryl Hunt” (HBO), which was hailed by Variety as “memorably chilling, sounding notes of purest dread.”  Paul recently won the 2011 Best Music Award from the International Documentary Association for his score for the film, “Better this World.”

Brill recently collaborated with Rock legends U2 on the HBO film, “Burma Soldier,” composing a new string arrangement for an acoustic version of their classic song, “Walk On.” He scored the hit documentary, “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” (IFC), the widely-acclaimed “Page One: Inside the NY Times” (Magnolia), as well as Christy Turlington Burns’ directorial debut, “No Woman, No Cry” (OWN), on which he collaborated with songwriter Martha Waignwright, and the film adaptation of the best-selling book, “Freakonomics” (Magnolia).

Michael Leonhart

COMPOSER

At age 17, Michael was honored as the youngest Grammy recipient in history, cited as the most outstanding musician in a U.S. high school. That same year ABC World News with Peter Jennings named him “Person of the Week”.

Michael has performed with Steely Dan since 1996, recording two albums with them, including 2000’s Grammy-winning Album of the Year “Two Against Nature” on which he was a featured soloist, arranger and conductor.   2012 marked the release of Donald Fagen’s long-awaited fourth solo album “Sunken Condos”, produced by Michael and Donald.

Michael has performed and/or recorded with music legends James Brown, Ringo Starr, Brain Eno, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Levon Helm, Yoko Ono, David Byrne, Dr. John, Steve Winwood, Bill Withers, Bette Midler, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Caetano Veloso, A Tribe Called Quest, Raekwon (Wutang Clan), Henry Mancini, John Barry, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Todd Rundgren and Bonnie Raitt, Alicia Keys, Foster the People, Lenny Kravitz.   Most recently, Michael can be heard playing trumpet on Mark Ronson’s #1 hit “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars.