WOOD DALE – Four-year-old fraternal twins Malina and Lexie Mosakowski of Wood Dale enjoy playing dress up, swimming, dancing, doing gymnastics and acting. The girls were recently cast in an upcoming feature film, “Vanished,” about a little girl who gets abducted in broad daylight.
In August, the girls will travel to Indiana to perform their scene in the movie. In the film, the two play Somer and Sandra, based on two girls who were abducted. Each young actress has over 20 words to speak in their scene at a lemonade stand with four other girls.
The twins found out about the movie casting a few months ago through the film’s Facebook page. They applied for the parts by sending in photos, videos and Skyping with the casting director to hear if the girls would be right for speaking roles.
This is not the twins’ first time in front of a camera lens. The girls have been modeling since they were 10 months old. Their mother, Jennifer Mosakowski, was shopping for clothes one day when she decided to open up her own shop – L & M Bebe Boutique – because she found other clothes were too expensive. She soon realized she needed models to photograph in the items she was selling, so she began photographing her twins through her own photography company, L & M Bebe Mommy Photography. The girls also model for other boutiques, and sometimes get published in their mother’s boutique magazine Sparkle Bebe Model Magazine.
“The girls ask me, ‘Can we take pictures today?’” said Mosakowski. “I will take my phone and we will take pictures.”
The film is being produced by an independently funded family-run production company, Dreams Come True Films, LLC, based in Terre Haute, Ind. Candy Beard, also a mother of two, is the film’s director, screen writer and executive producer.
The funds to make the film and two others – “In a Cage,” a film about domestic violence, and “This Promise I Made,” a romantic – come from Beard’s husband and donations from fans. The company has set up an account at www.indiegogo.com where people can donate money to the film. So far, the filmmakers have raised $2,400.
Beard said the idea for “Vanished” came to her in a dream.
“I woke up in 2007 crying,” Beard said. “I was the mother who turned my back on my child and she was abducted.”
Beard wrote the story into a novel and tried to pitch the movie in California with no luck. After starting her own production company, she is finally able to give her dream life.
“I work part-time in a Sam’s Club and I see parents talking and texting and they let their children wander around,” Beard said. “I hope people wake up and realize, ‘that could happen to me.’”
A cast of over 100 people from 17 different states will perform in the feature film. Also cast is Lifetime’s “Army Wives” star Richard Bryant as the father of the missing girl.
“By watching this movie I hope parents realize you have to pay attention to your children,” Mosakowski said. “They will take the kids out, sit on [their] phone and text. It takes one second for them to be gone.”
For more information about the film, go to the “Vanished” Facebook page, or the Dreams Comes True Films, LLC website at www.dreamscometruefilms.com.