Adina's Deck

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Adina's Deck is a DVD series, curriculum and website intended to educate 9-15 year olds about the growing problem of cyberbullying—harassment via technology.

The film is an 'origin story' of four girls who form a club to help their peers with mysteries by using technology. The story was developed based upon first-hand research at three Middle Schools in Northern California for Debbie Heimowitz's Master's Thesis at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. Jason Azicri wrote and co-directed the film.

Episode 1: Skye’s Cyber Bullying Mystery


When Skye (Kelcie Stranahan), the most popular girl in the 8th grade, starts to receive threatening emails, text messages and voice-mails, and she doesn't know what to do. Her best friend Melody (Stephanie Cameron) asks the tech-savvy Adina (Amelia Varni) for help. When Adina says yes, her friend Clara (Cierra Trussell) is confused. Skye is stuck up, and has never been nice to them in the past, so why is Adina helping her? After an adventure, the girls learn about more than just the bully's identity—they learn about friendship and growing up in the digital age of technology.

Episode 2: The Case of the Online Crush


Michael (Sam Ison), a concerned 8th grader, approaches the Club with a difficult problem. His friend Ally (Nyssa Smikoski) has been talking to a guy online for over two months and it seems too good to be true—except the guy is 21! The club takes the case to track down Ally’s mysterious boyfriend and uncover his true identity. After using technology and their detective sleuth skills, the club learns that young online relationships aren’t as romantic as they might seem.

Episode 3: The Case of the Plagiarized Paper


Dave (Kyle Fitz), a fellow 8th grade classmate needs help from the Club. Someone in Mr. B’s class plagiarized their own paper—and since Mr. B has a bell curve it affects everyone. Dave’s grade is lowered and his parents are sending him to boarding school! Adina’s Deck takes the case in order to help Dave get the grade he deserves. In this who-done-it, there are four main suspects, and the club needs to investigate each of their alibis to catch the cheater and save Dave to prevent him from being sent to boarding school. After a difficult case, the club learns about the true nature of plagiarism—and that doing things right the first time just might be a trustworthy solution.


Actor Character Role
Amelia Varni Adina
Ciera Trussell Clara
Samuel Ison Michael
Kelcie Stranahan Skye
Stephanie Cameron Melody
Cassie Jo Fastabend Eve
Nyssa Smikoski Ally
Kyle Fitz David
David Valladeres Christian
Jamin Shih Scott
KJ Forbes Assistant Principal Klein
Avery Monsen Tommy


Adina's Deck was selected for the Kid's First Film Festival based out of New Mexico. After an article came out in the San Francisco Chronicle in Sept. 2007, schools across the country and internationally have purchased Adina's Deck. Students have responded positively to learning about cyber bullying in an entertaining way.


Adina's Deck won the award for "Best Educational Film" in the student category at the 2008 International Family Film Festival.

Film festivals

Official Selection, Danville Children's Film Festival—2008

Official Selection, International Family Film Festival–2008

Official Selection, Sacramento Film Festival–2008

Official Selection, San Francisco Bay Area Children's Film Festival–2008

Official Selection, East Lansing Children's Film Festival—2008

Official Selection, Kids First Film Festival—2007


The Austin Public Library in Austin, Texas—2008

University of Hawaii "GRLS R GR8!" Program—2008

Key West Film Society—2008

See also