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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