Elliot London and Ronnie Kroell invite Chicagoans to become a Friend

Sat. October 6, 2012 3:58 PM by GoPride.com News Staff

elliot london and ronnie kroell with tj chernick of gctv

Feature film brings awareness to bullying

Chicago, IL - Film director Elliot London (The Wedding Dance) and Ronnie Kroell (Make Me a Supermodel) return to Chicago as part of a national campaign to raise funding for Friend, a feature film bringing awareness to bullying and growing up as an LGBT young person.

Born in Australia, London moved to Rockford, Illinois as a young boy. Today the up-and-coming Los Angeles-based director is using his talents to share the message against bullying - a story close to his own heart.

London's worst bullying experience was on the school bus when a fellow student called him a faggot and started spitting on him. London believes that these situations need to be talked about and shared through film.

Kroell, who grew up in Chicago and Morton Grove, Illinois, was a finalist from season one of Bravo's Make Me a Supermodel. The 29-year-old began to realize that he was different in the 6th grade when some of the older kids would knock him to the ground during recess and call him gay, but he didn't really understand what that meant.

London and Kroell have teamed-up to produce the feature film and are in Chicago this weekend for a special fundraiser. (Event details)

TJ Chernick caught-up with both London and Kroell to discuss Friend.

The full interview with Elliot London and Ronnie Kroell will be available on the upcoming Gay Report on Gay Chicago TV.

For more information about Friend and to make a donation, click here.