LOS ANGELES (CBS) — At an age when some kids can’t get into movies, Gerry Orz, 10, is making them.
Orz was 9 when he produced an anti-bullying movie. Besides garnering interest in the San Gabriel Valley school district where he lives — with his two mothers and brother — the movie has also gotten interest from the state of Illinois.
Orz (he says “everyone calls me G”) said he was bullied a lot when he was younger and he decided to produce the movie to help other kids who are being picked on.
He told CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Christy Fajardo that he wants to change the world — one act of kindness at a time.
Most of the anti-bullying videos in circulation, he feels, preach to kids and lecture. And he maintains, no kid wants to pay attention to that. So he decided to go a more visual route.
He also produced his film and aimed at elementary school children. G believes videos aimed at older kids are too little, too late.
G says he was bullied for a variety of reasons. On his website, he writes “I have been bullied in school for so many reasons — too tall, gay parents, parent a foreigner, too honest, too polite, too Jewish. I refused to feel like a victim. I had the support of my mothers and a brother, and my voice was heard. Not everyone is so lucky.”
In addition to his film, G is starting a campaign to organize a global day of silence (on 12/12/12) to further shed light on bullying.
Orz is no stranger to show business. He’s appeared in a number of commercials and the Animal Planet series “Killer Outbreaks.”
When not appearing in front of a camera, or writing or creating, Orz maintains he’s a regular kid. He loves McDonald’s, video games and shopping for cool toys at Target.
Also on his agenda: meeting President Obama and helping to see the day his mothers can legally wed in California.
For a link to his video, click here.
For more about G, click here.