Once a bully, always a bully. But once bullied, doesn’t mean you have to stand for being bullied. Not now, not ever.
Even in a world that seems the bullies are now out in full force, given free reign to do as they please, it’s time to take a stand to ensure that no one has to be bullied regardless of their life, their looks, their social status, and especially their sexulaity or gender identity.
Taking a page from his own real life experience, Frankie Cappello, shares his truth about being bullied as a young man in Little Italy, in New York City, in his short film – Bullied: A True Story Based on the Life of Frankie Cappello. It’s time for bullying to meet its match and to sashay away.
About Bullied: A True Story based on the life of Frankie Cappello
Four Reasons for Happiness Productions is proud to release BULLIED: A True Story based on the Life of Frankie Cappello, a controversial short film that depicts a young victim of verbal and physical cruelty at the hands of his peers. Written and produced by Frankie Cappello, aka Frankie C, and directed by Kathrine Narducci, the film stars Yianni Vasis as “Frankie,” a young boy growing up in Little Italy, an Italian neighborhood in New York City, in the late 70s’ and early 80s’; a time when being different was even less accepted than it is today. Audiences are whisked into the hidden world of kid-on-kid abuse that many school-aged children, even today, are forced to endure when their parents aren’t around the see.
“I was bullied as a kid and writing this short film forced me to relive one of the many traumatizing moments of my life,” explains Frankie Cappello, a New York-based actor, writer, producer and director. “Fortunately, I survived the years of torment because I was somehow able to find strength from within. Not all kids are so strong, and they need to know there are people out there who can help.”
Bullying continues to be a major problem for today’s youth. Despite all the debate and awareness around the issue today, one out of every four children in the USA is still being bullied by other kids at school. While most reported incidents happen in school buildings, a significant percentage also happen in places like on the bus or, as in BULLIED, on the playground.
A large majority of incidents go unreported as kids are often ashamed to report that they’ve been bullied or worry that they are somehow to blame. Many children become experts at keeping it all inside.
“Parents must remain vigilant and ensure that their kids are not silent victims,” Frankie continues. “They also need to see to it that their children are not the one’s terrorizing others.”
BULLIED: A True Story based on the Life of Frankie Cappello includes a powerful q&a at the end with the actors in the film discussing their own experiences with bullying. “If you are being bullied or see someone being bullied, stand up and say something,” advises Yianni Vasis. And for those doing the bullying, he says, “Stop bullying. Starting Today.”
Also, in the film is a conversation between Frankie Cappello and celebrated gay author and journalist Michael Musto, discussing Frankie’s experience as a gay youth being bullied. His message for children being bullied today is “Be You, Do You, Love You!”