Park to present 'Ant' film

ALBANY, Ga. -- Sometimes a movie is more than just a movie.

Friday night, as the sun sets on the Flint River and Riverfront Park, Open Arms and the City of Albany's Parks and Recreation Department will show the season's first free "Movie in the Park" -- Disney Pixar's "Ant Bully."

But for the sponsors, the film is more than just a free event; a flick; a bit of entertainment on a small-town Friday night.

It's a conversation starter.

At Open Arms -- a local non profit that works with area youth who are often the target of both pint-sized and adult bullies -- "Ant Bully" is a silver screen adaptation of the stories of many in the Albany-Dougherty area.

"The movie has a message that is a good complement to what we do," Tiffany Mallard, the Street Outreach Coordinator for Open Arms, said. "We know that bullying, at nearly every level, is a growing problem but this is a chance to share that with the public in a way that hopefully will generate discussion."

And Mallard says that when the discussion starts and awareness is raised, then the community can truly begin to address the issue.

"People think of bullying as being an issue for kids in school," Mallard said. "But really, it impacts each of us."

The film will start at dusk, Parks and Recreation Director Suzanne Davis said, and is free to the public.