‘BOOK’ on KENS 5

by Deborah Knapp / KENS 5

Posted on August 6, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Updated today at 4:44 PM

SAN ANTONIO – Childhood obesity is an epidemic in the United States. And now a local filmmaker is tackling the problem with humor and compassion, making a show he hopes will change lives.

Brad Milne is casting this week for a short film that follows the life of an obese teenager.

The main character is taunted by bullies and has problems in school.

16-year-old Alex Poncio is playing the lead part. He wants people to understand what his life is like.

“People’s perception (is) that obese people are just lazy and don’t want to do anything, and that’s just not the case,” Milne said. “They assume you can’t stop eating, and there’s more to it than that.”

The show’s goal is create compassion and solutions. The film will follow Alex’s real life as he tries to lose weight.

The audience will get to see “how he changes his eating habits, going to the gym, living life differently to start to manage it and get control over it for himself and hopefully for a lot of other people,” Milne said.

In all, about 100 San Antonians will have a part in the production, which will shoot for the next few weeks and have a screening in September.

“We’re hoping through this (that) we can educate people about nutrition, psychology of obesity and tell them about programs available through the schools and in the community so they can do something about it,” Milne said.

Milne is working on financing so he can develop the show, called “A Book By Its Cover,” into a TV series that will provide a real face — and real solutions — for this growing epidemic.

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