Film Focuses On Accepting Differences In High School

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Some high school filmmakers from the Twin Cities spent their school year tackling some tough subjects. They made a movie called “What Lies in Difference.” It will premiere later this week.

What the audience will see reflects reality for one young man calling the shots.

High School is hard. Anybody’s who’s been there knows that. It is when you are different, it can be unbearable.

John Tereick and Jack Caughey grew up as best friends. They’ve been making movies together since they were little boys.

They spent most of their senior year writing, shooting and editing a story that hit close to home.

“It was the summer before eighth grade I was diagnosed with Tourette’s syndrome,” Tereick said.

After being diagnosed, both John and his friends found that people had a lot of misconceptions about Tourette’s.

“People make quick judgments that are not necessarily true about John and that’s hard,” Caughey said.

Tereick and Caughey tackle the stereotypes that face three different characters and their struggles through high school. One character has Tourette’s, another is bi-sexual. The last character is a musician living with a demanding father who wants him to play sports instead.

Tereick and Caughey learned a long time ago the difference a friend makes.

“If there is someone there to pick me up or someone just to talk to it helps a lot,” Tereick said.

They also know the lie in the word different. Truth is, we all are.

“We’ve been able to spread the message and been able to take it pretty far,” Caughey said.

“What Lies in Difference” premieres at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mounds View High School.

To learn more about the film, click here.

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  • Hollie Caughey

    Awesome job guys!

  • See BS

    Arts and Humanities is just liberal bible banging.

    • Erin

      Don’t be jealous just because you’re too close-minded to be creative.

      • See BS

        I am “open minded” enough to know this how liberals bible bang.

        Schools need to be focused on math, science and biology.

        Ps. Check out the comedy “Bad Teacher”, it rips on liberal bible bangers and their classroom videos.

        • Jack Caughey

          I don’t understand how this is relevant to the story.

          You don’t have to support arts or humanities, no one is making you. There is no need to rip on the arts on this story. We are simply a couple students who really enjoy film making and decided to spread the word about a worthy cause. We aren’t making anyone watch the film who doesn’t want to, we aren’t saying that we know best, or anything like that. If you don’t support the arts, then you can choose not to watch or enjoy it. That’s your decision.

          Oh, and this was not a school sponsored film. Schools do focus on math and science, however reading, writing, and the arts are important parts of an education as well. They help create a well-rounded student that can succeed in life. Also in regards to focusing on math and science, I myself am going to school for Electrical Engineering, which is completely math and science. However, I still plan on doing stuff like film and theatre and other arts. Why? Because I enjoy it and because it has a purpose in life as well.

          We had a lot of fun making this movie and put a lot of time and effort into it, so I would appreciate it if you kept your negative views on the arts away from here. Thanks.

          • Les Johnson

            I would like to have an opportunity for my own 5 kids to view the film, one of whom also has Tourette’s Syndrome as I do as well. Is there a youtube link coming up at any point?

            I think it is a fantastic idea, and my friends and I made tons of movies when we were in HS as well, although at that time, we used full sized video cameras that held VHS tapes. When we were in jr high we even made radio shows taped on cassettes. My how time changes the technologies used, but not the inspirations for these great ideas.

            Keep it up, Jack and John.

            • John TerEick

              Hi There Les,
              Thanks for the interest, it’s greatly appreciated! In terms of how to view the film, there is a screening at Mounds View high school this Thursday. Also DVD’s are available for purchase on our website,
              I’d love for your kids to see this! Many of the moments captured in the film we’re based on small instances in my life. I’d love to talk more about all this, Feel free to email me at:

  • Not The Place

    Are you really going to question arts and humanities as a whole on an article about a specific film?

    That’s like calling out the sports industry as pointless in a comment on a story about a specific win by a team.

    Not the place to make an argument.

    Plus, you buy into that “liberal bible banging” every time you go to the movies, buy a song on iTunes, read a book, etc. Just saying.

    • See BS

      I wouldn’t be bragging about Hollywood movies, because most films are boring and totally predictable.

      Unrealistic car chases bore me the most, just like perfectly scripted Meredith Baxter victim movies.

  • gonzo

    They are trying to advocate open minded acceptance of difference. An impossible job really, but it says a lot about the character of these guys. They are the angels of our better nature. I just wish there was a way to change people. At least these fellows keep the hope alive that we may actually evolve into something better.

  • Brad TerEick

    Great job guys! I am so proud of you and the cast/crew/writers of this awesome film! You are an inspiration to all of us. “Freedom lies in being bold”… So true.

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