Anti-bullying film premieres

‘Breaking The Silence’ is first step to sustained effort against abuse

Helping Gigante cut the celebratory cake are Freeholder Anthony Romano, NJ State Police Sargent 1st Class Gregory Williams, and Jane Clementi.
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Helping Gigante cut the celebratory cake are Freeholder Anthony Romano, NJ State Police Sargent 1st Class Gregory Williams, and Jane Clementi.

The Hoboken Historical Museum hosted the premier of anti-bullying activist and accredited film maker Frank Gigante’s “Breaking the Silence” on May 11.
Gigante’s film was inspired by the deaths of countless teens who were bullied to the point of suicide. Ultimately, Gigante said he wants to build a movement that inspires victims to speak out rather than turn to self-harm.
“I started the project after a spiritual vibe that pushed me to start researching to find the growing number of suicides on account of bullying,” said Gigante. “I am hoping to tell a great story as well as possibly saving a life with my message.”
In attendance were Joseph and Jane Clementi who created the Tyler Clementi Foundation after their son, a Rutgers University student whose sexual preference was exposed by his college roommate, took his own life.
“Anti-bullying laws are incredibly important, however; I also believe that using creative outlets, like film, are equally important in bringing awareness about this epidemic to the masses” said Jane Clementi prior to the film.
After the audience was seated, Anna Mancini performed a violin overture in dedication of Tyler Clementi with vocals provided by “Soprano’s” actor Artie Pasquale.
After the end of the event Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano awarded Gigante a Hudson County seal in recognition for his work as an anti-bullying activist.
Gigante announced he will launch a GoFundMe campaign to help make a full length picture to raise awareness. He said he also plans to continue making anti-bullying feature films as well as producing children’s books and animations.