BECAUSE THESE KIDS ARE
Producers: Elizabeta Vidovic, Kathryn Michelle and Izabela Vidovic
A 10-minute dramatic film from the heart of 12-year-old actress, Izabela Vidovic. While at a park, a young artist sees a bullying situation unfold in front of her and those involved become the muses for her work. When the person bullying suddenly targets her, she surrenders her pictures to him, opening his eyes to the truth behind who he and these kids really are.
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PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center receives a portion of proceeds.
Izabela Vidovic jumped right into the spotlight at the gentle age of 7 with her powerful, yet angelic voice, in musicals such as “MARY POPPINS”, “CAMP ROCK”, “ANNIE”, “BROADWAY BABES” and “SUMMER FINALE”. Her tenacious personality and her love of performing quickly expanded her into the world of film and television. To date, Izabela's had Guest Starring television roles on acclaimed programs such as “HARRY'S LAW” with Kathy Bates, “CRIMINAL MINDS” working opposite Mariana Klaveno, “RAISING HOPE” with Martha Plimpton and Lucas Neff, “UP ALL NIGHT” with Christina Applegate, as well as Series Regular roles in two star-studded FOX pilots “LITTLE BROTHER” working opposite John Stamos, “LITTLE IN COMMON” with Heather Graham, and the Amazon pilot "ZOMBIELAND". She currently has a recurring role on the CW show “THE 100.” She has also starred in numerous films including DEADTIME STORIES, FIND ME, HELP FOR THE HOLIDAYS, CHRISTMAS ANGEL with Kevin Sorbo, Della Reese and Teri Polo, COMPLEXION, and most recently HOMEFRONT with Jason Statham, James Franco and Winona Ryder. Her proudest achievement thus far has been her short film about bullying called BECAUSE THESE KIDS ARE, which she wrote, starred in and produced. This film holds a very special place in her heart. Izabela is not a stranger to the commercial world either. She currently has numerous running national commercials. Now at age 13, this multi-talented sweetheart, amongst many other special talents, is an honor's student, a piano and guitar player and can speak, read and write fluently in English, Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian.
What inspired your film? I was inspired to do Because These Kids because I wanted to make a difference! I wanted to show that we are all connected. Meaning that we all have the capability of being hurt and we all have a choice as to what to do with those feelings. Do we strike back or strike out... bully? Or do we stop and really look at ourselves and others, try and understand, try and create change in ourselves and hopefully others! I really want Because These Kids are to open people's minds.
Read Izabela’s entire interview in which she shares why she made the film, her views on bullying, why she partnered with PACER, and more.