Arizona women shed light on bullying in new documentary

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by Andrew Michalscheck

azfamily.com

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Updated Monday, May 14 at 8:32 AM

PHOENIX -- A new documentary made by two Arizona women is shedding light on a growing epidemic throughout the country.

Director Tami Pivnick and producer/writer Susan Broude teamed up to create "Bullied to Silence."

The film illustrates that bullying is comprised of more than just physical acts, as words can also harm an individual for the rest of his or her life.

“We’ve been so loose with our tongues at times and we don’t realize the scars that they can have,” said former Mercury player Bridget Pettis, who was part of the film's diverse cast made up of people from across the country who shared their stories with Pivnick and Broude.

Other Arizonans in the film's cast include Caleb Laieski, Merik Castro, singer/songwriter Adam Smith, spoke-word artist Jason Lalli, attorney David Horowitz and several teen peer counselors.

Pivnick and Broude made “Bullied to Silence” to help keep bullying in the national discussion and to show viewers that it’s a problem that extends throughout society.

“It’s all races, genders, identities, so it’s extremely diverse,” Pivnick stated.

But while bullying is a widespread issue, it’s not one that society can’t start correcting right away.

“We are all accountable, and we all have the ability and the responsibility to watch our words and it’s something that we can do immediately,” Pivnick added.

“Bullied to Silence” will premiere on Saturday, May 12 at the Phoenix Art Museum. The film will air at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. with tickets available for $14.

For more information about “Bullied to Silence” visit www.bulliedtosilence.com.

Note: This article has been updated to reflect that Bridget Pettis was not involved in writing or producing "Bullied to Silence," and to identify Susan Broude as the documentary's producer and writer.

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