Beliefnet Press Release
You Can Help Support This new Ed Asner Film on Indiegogoposted by Nell Minow
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Ed Asner stars in this new film about a young man who finds a book at his grandmother’s memorial, with a series of fantastical tales that his grandfather wrote for his grandmother. Each is a different romantic fantasy about how they meet. Those stories help him find his own love.
The filming is over, and the filmmakers need some help for post-production so that it can be released. They have an Indiegogo campaign and I’ve contributed. Look for me in the credits as an associate producer, and for $100 you can be one, too!
Shakefire Exclusive Press Release Announcing Edward Asner Joining the Cast
Edward Asner joins the cast of 'Love Meet Hope'
7-Time Emmy Award winning actor Edward Asner has signed on to join the cast of the indie romance film Love Meet Hope.
Asner is most notable for his early work on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and it's spin-off Lou Grant for which he played both comedic and dramatic roles as journalist Lou Grant. More recently he voiced Carl Fredricksen in Pixar's Oscar-winning Up. Over the decades he's appeared in dozens of films and TV shows and has won seven Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes, in addition to many more nominations.
Love Meet Hope is a romantic film about Morgan, a recently divorced man who is attending the memorial for his recently passed grandmother when he finds a book his grandfather wrote called "Love Meet Hope." Each chapter is a separate story of his is grandfather and grandmother met and fell in love, and Morgan hopes that he'll learn something about himself and how he can improve his own love life by reading the book. Asner is set to play Mr. James, Morgan's grandfather, in the film.
Love Meet Hope also stars Bradley Fowler and Amanda Markowitz. Filming is set to conclude in January 2015 and is planned to be shown during the 2015's festival circuit.
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Press Pass LA Press Release
LOVE MEET HOPE: AN INDIE FILM LOVE STORY
Jennifer Buonantony | July 19, 2014
Every now and then a great love story comes along. Press Pass LA had the privilege to chat with actors turned indie filmmakers Amanda Markowitz and Bradley Fowler, who are proud to be creating, writing, producing, and starring in the film that hopes to claim your heart next, Love Meet Hope.
This passion project is being funded through crowd-sourcing site IndieGogo. It tells the story of Morgan (a recent divorcee) who finds himself at his grandmother’s wake and becomes inspired by his grandfather’s tales of how he found love. These tales are all part of a book called Love Meet Hope. The idea is, once you choose hope, anything is life is possible.
Q: What inspired you both to want to create this project after meeting in acting class together?
A: Brad and I are both very positive people with a true passion for life and art. After we met, we found that we had a lot in common and shared very similar perspectives on life. We truly feel that as actors, we have an opportunity and a duty to spread positive messages to the community. So, it made sense that we both expressed a strong desire to create a project that would instill hope in each and every viewer. That even amidst tragedy and unexpected circumstances, there is still hope. We also wanted to bring back the fantasy aspect of love stories, which is a big component of our film. And as actors, we wanted the opportunity to explore a wide range of human emotion and experience and the way in which the film is structured, we are able to find ourselves in so many different roles, which is truly special as an artist.
Q: If you had to sum up the film in a few sentences, how would you describe it?
A: Morgan (our protagonist) reluctantly accepts the forces of nature that are out of his control, and in doing so, he experiences a victory that comes with his ability to ultimately smile. It is through the choice to maintain hope that this inspirational story is born. That’s all we can say without giving too much away!
Q: Digital technology has allowed a lot of new filmmakers to create their own content…how have you found the crowd-funding route?
A: Fundraising is a major obstacle to getting any film off the ground, especially an independent passion project like ours. We wanted to reach out to our friends, family and the entire community to help us make our project a reality. We feel sites like Indiegogo are invaluable resources because they allow us to reach out to our peers and community more quickly and effectively. It is beautiful in that it allows artists to create and encourages people to support one another. So far, we are about half way through our campaign and we have raised a little over $4,000. We still have a long way to go to reach our target of $18,000, but regardless of the outcome, it is important to us to spread the word in general about our project. Obviously, we want to raise funds, but we also want to raise awareness of our film overall. I have been amazed by the positive response I have received from the community, including people who I have never met that were inspired by the story behind our project. We are not just looking for monetary donations, people can greatly help by using social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to spread awareness about our film.
Q: This is an atypical story format, with each chapter being its own short and coming together to create one feature. What were the challenges in that? Do you think in the end it will be well received?
A: The short stories within the film are only a small part of the film’s entirety. They are all independent chapters of a book that our protagonist, Morgan, finds. It is a book entitled Love Meet Hope that his grandfather wrote for his grandmother about different fantastical and serendipitous ways in which they meet for the first time. They are each stories about love and hope and they inspire Morgan, who is recently divorced, to once again open his heart to love. The film switches between the present day and scenes from the book, which Morgan brings to life with his imagination. We think the film will be extremely well received because these stories appeal to every type of audience, since each chapter is very distinct in its genre. The film also brings back a level of fantasy into love stories that recent films have moved away from. So, whether you like action or romance, comedy or drama, the film has it all.
Q: What are your plans for the film once you wrap post?
A: We are definitely planning to take this film on the festival circuit. We are very confident about its ability to be well received in that arena. We also plan to reach out to different distribution outlets, such as Hulu and Netflix, to help our story reach as many people as possible.
Q: What do you hope audiences take away from the film, both in regard to the themes of love and hope but also in regard to independent, self-financed filmmaking?
A: We hope to inspire people to continue to pursue love and follow their dreams, even if obstacles get in the way. And that is in direct correlation to indie filmmaking. Our hope and determination to produce this film has to be greater than any obstacle we encounter, which is also the case in any love story. We are actors and artists first and foremost because we love the craft of story telling. We feel fortunate that we have an opportunity to bring something so special to life and share it with the world. As challenging as it may be at times, we love that we get to spend our days pursuing a career that we have so much passion for and we know that comes through in our film.
Miracle Mile Girls Press Release
How Amanda Markowitz is Changing the World One Movie at A Time –
And How You Can Help
Love Meet Hope is a movie about love and relationships, letting go of your past, and finding the courage to change through hope. I met with one of the creators, an inspiring woman named Amanda Markowitz, at the beautiful Farmers Market in sunny Los Angeles to talk about the film, its inception, and the message she and her co-creator, Bradley Fowler, want to send.
Amanda and Bradley met at Margie Haber Studios, where she was so impressed with his talent that she approached him after class and said she wanted to work with him. They met a few days after and found they had a lot in common and shared the same perspectives on life. They decided to write a series of shorts that expressed their ideas on love, life, and hope. Eventually these stories were compiled into one film, and Love Meet Hope was born.
The Woman Behind the Film
What I noticed first about Amanda was what a strong woman she is, full of positive and loving energy. She opened up to me and told me that things weren’t always that way. She was born and raised in Los Angeles in a very close and loving family, but she always struggled with herself, as a person and as a woman. She grew up with many of the problems faced by women in our society: negative mass media effects on body image, lack of good female role models in the media, the pressure to be perfect, and to look like the women in media. It didn’t help that growing up, she often found herself the brunt of viciousness and competition from other girls, which many of us in the post-Mean Girls world can relate to. Although Amanda loved acting and putting on plays from a young age, she attended USC and received a B.S. in Business, because she felt she had to pursue a “real” job. During this time, she started doing print work, and became surrounded by a lot of the negativity and objectification of women that is so prevalent in the fashion industry. It was also during this time period that she suffered a life-changing experience. She was raped by someone who she had thought of as a friend. Although the man ended up apologizing, she kept blaming herself, feeling guilty for it and thinking she was crazy and invalid. After this, her body image issues worsened.
The Transformation: Finding the Courage to Change
It was in treatment that Amanda learned to stop waging war on her body and mind, and learned the value of communication and connection, especially among women. And she realized how important a strong support system is, and that letting other people in and sharing your burdens can be cathartic and healing. She explains, “I didn’t have to hide and be alone anymore. I think that was a big life lesson.” “The way in which I viewed women completely shifted. I had always had a difficult time with girls because growing up, girls can be very mean to each other. But, in treatment, we stood by each other and became advocates for one another,” she says.
“If you’re good to people, they’ll be good to you.”
Today, in part due to her experiences connecting with other strong women who were also struggling with body image and eating disorders, she is a big proponent of women empowering women. It was through this journey of struggle, self-discovery, pain, courage to change, and hope that Amanda realized that life is too short to hate yourself and to not follow your dreams. And it was this journey that ultimately gave Amanda the hope to try acting again, the confidence to reach out to Bradley, and the humility and wisdom to put her life lessons into a story that would hopefully reach millions and give them hope. Love Meet Hope testifies to Amanda’s refusal to allow her past to drag her down, and her decision to be the miracle she seeks in the world. “My dad always taught me that if you’re good to people, they’ll be good to you,” Amanda says, and she hopes the film relays his message to others.
Love Meet Hope: A Passion Project
Love Meet Hope follows Morgan, a recent divorcé, who is attending the memorial of his grandmother, and the young woman who works at the bakery Morgan frequents. While Morgan is mourning his failed marriage, and Morgan’s grandfather mourns the death of his adored wife, the young woman mourns the fact that love seems an ever-elusive fairy tale to her.
After the memorial, Morgan finds his grandfather’s book entitled “Love Meet Hope” where each chapter is a different, imagined story of how his grandparents met and fell in love. Each story focuses on a different aspect of love and carries the central theme of hope. Morgan starts reading these stories and slowly, his bitterness starts to fade away, and he starts to feel hopeful about the renewed possibility of true love.
When Morgan finds the courage to change the negative attitudes which had kept him safe but lonely, and opens his heart to the possibility of love, he finds that the love he was searching for has been in front of him the whole time.
“Be the Change You Want to See in The World”
Amanda and Bradley feel that as actors, entertainers, and content creators, they have a chance and a duty to spread positive messages to the community. They want Love Meet Hope to be the miracle, no matter how small, that makes the world that much of a better place.
In a world where technology is replacing true connection and communication, and where relationships are often reduced to objectifying one another sexually and materialistically, Amanda and Bradley want to remind us that true love and true happiness come not from piling on the masks, but from opening ourselves up to another person and allowing ourselves to truly be affected by them.
We live in a world where we’re bombarded with messages of surgically-enhanced beauty, the latest must-have gadgets, dating shows that tell us how to be impressive but not how to be real, and million-dollar reality-show weddings. We live in world where relationships are increasingly based on tit-for-tat; where tragedies like Elliot Rodger’s rampage at USCB occur because men and women are taught that money and sexuality are what are important when it comes to finding love.
Love Meet Hope is a movie about love, but it is so much more. It is a story that reminds us that true happiness comes from the immaterial things you can only get when allow yourself to genuinely connect with another person.
The two creators also want to break barriers between gender roles and stereotypes by portraying strong women, and sensitive and romantic men. They want to show positive, realistic, layered, and three-dimensional images of men, women, and the relationships between us. Ultimately, they want to show that tragedy does not mean the end of hope and love.
How You Can Help: Be A Part of the Miracle!
Amanda and Bradley have been working on Love Meet Hope for ten months. The project has become a true labor of love not for only Amanda and Bradley, but also for the cast and crew, all of whom have generously given their talent and time to a project whose message they fervently support. The cast and crew’s support and dedication has been tremendous, and Amanda has always made sure that everyone, from the producers to the background actors, is appreciated and happy on set.
Most of the funding so far has come directly from Amanda and Bradley and their family and friends, and has covered equipment and lighting rentals, locations, and food, since those are the biggest expenditures.
However, after realizing how important the project’s message is, they have found that they need additional funds in order to reach the film’s full potential and get it out to the public effectively. They started an Indiegogo campaign and have set a fundraising goal of $18,000 to complete the project.
This money will go towards:
Equipment & lighting rentals
Location rentals & permits
Costumes & make up
Post production software and services
Name actors to raise the film’s public profile
PR expenses like marketing materials and festival submissionsLast but not least, paying the hardworking cast and crew who have given their time and dedication to the project
If you are interested in learning more about and supporting Love Meet Hope and its message, please visit this link to contribute to the Indiegogo campaign. They only have 45 days till the campaign ends!
Any contribution helps, no matter how small. However, if you’re unable to donate, you can still help by posting this campaign and article on your social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and others, liking their Facebook page, following them on Twitter, or sharing the campaign via email or indiegogo sharing tools!
Be the change you want to see in the world.
Help Amanda and Bradley bring this story of hope and love into the public eye!
Starpulse Press Release
'Love Meet Hope' Launches Indiegogo Campaign
Independent filmmakers and actors, Amanda Markowitz and Bradley Fowler, are turning to the Internet to raise funds for their latest feature film, 'Love Meet Hope', an inspirational project meant to instill hope within each and every viewer. Funding is a major obstacle to getting any film off the ground. Filmmakers have had to become more innovative in their fundraising tactics, and the independent filmmaking community has embraced sites like Indiegogo.com. More information on the film and the fundraising campaign can be found on Indiegogo and in the video below:
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In line with Indiegogo.com guidelines, artists set a fundraising goal and have a set number of days to raise all funds. 'Love Meet Hope' has a 60-day window, from start to finish. If the allotted budget of $18,000 isn't completely raised before the deadline, the film will not be fully funded and they will lose a larger percentage of the funds raised.
To contribute to the making of this film, visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/love-meet-hope and you can earn the right to a copy of the film, an invitation to the world premier, a walk-on role or even an associate producer credit.
'Love Meet Hope' is a special film in that it is meant to inspire and instill hope with each viewer. It does not fall under one specific genre. Rather, it contains elements of romance, action, drama and comedy all wrapped up to create a work of art. This film is a beautifully unique project, which strongly illustrates that once you choose hope, anything is possible.
Crowdfunding PR Press Release
Promising Filmmakers Pitch Online to Raise Funds Independently
Los Angeles, CA -- Independent filmmakers and actors, Amanda Markowitz and Bradley Fowler, are turning to the Internet to raise funds for their latest feature film project, Love Meet Hope, an inspirational project meant to instill hope within each and every viewer. Funding is a major obstacle to getting any film off the ground. Filmmakers have had to become more innovative in their fundraising tactics, and the independent filmmaking community has embraced sites like Indiegogo.com.
In line with Indiegogo.com guidelines, artists set a fundraising goal and have a set number of days to raise all the funds. Love Meet Hope has a 60-day fundraising window, from start to finish. If the
allotted budget ($18,000 US) isn't completely raised before the deadline, the film will not be fully funded and they will lose a larger percentage of the funds that they were able to raise.
When asked why they find Indiegogo appealing, Markowitz and Fowler noted, "we feel it is an invaluable resource because it allows us to reach out to our peers quickly. It is beautiful in that it allows artists to create and encourages people to support one another.”
A Three Tales Productions, the film Love Meet Hope examines what it really means to choose hope amidst tragedy and unexpected circumstances. A feature-length film, Love Meet Hope contains elements of romance, action, drama and comedy. Thematically organized around life lessons that reflect a wide range of human emotion and experience, the film seeks to illustrate that once you choose hope, anything is possible.
If the film is successfully funded, Markowitz and Fowler expect to deliver the final cut early next year.
To learn more about the film and its fundraising goal, readers can visit the project's pitch page here:
Amanda Markowitz & Bradley Fowler
Three Tales Productions