By Love Is All You Need?, Special for USDR
K Rocco Shields, director and co-writer of the provocative film Love Is All You Need? is creating a one million dollar fund to be distributed to twenty nonprofits that partnered with her during the film’s “MovieMent” tour. To see footage from the recently concluded and self-funded 20-city MovieMent tour, watch her video message.
Love Is All You Need? toured twenty cities in tribute to true events depicted in the film, with all proceeds going to the non-profits: including The Matthew Shepard Foundation, Tyler Clementi Foundation, Equality House, Planting Peace, Columbia City Ballet, Center on Halsted, and others across the country.
“I had a lot of offers to distribute my movie through the usual channels, but this film is about more than making money. It’s about making a difference,” said Director/Co-Writer K Rocco Shields.
Shields chose to self-distribute the film with a new indie platform Distribber and donate what would have been the distribution fees to her nonprofit partners. Once the film reaches one million paid downloads, the fund will be activated and money disbursed to the nonprofit recipients. Additionally, the film will pay in perpetuity a percentage of its revenues to various anti-hate and equality measures with non-profit partners.
“It’s time to stop asking for change, and start making change ourselves. The charities we partnered with need this money to help the people in their communities stand up to bullying, prejudice and discrimination,” K. Rocco Shields.
The film releases nationwide, Friday, Dec 9th on Itunes, Google Play, and Amazon
Co-written by David Tillman, this film is a love story taking place in a parallel world where homosexualliy is mainstream and heterosexuals are bullied and ostracized for who they love. “I could have used anything to illustrate my point: race, religion, social status but I chose the most universal concept I could think of: love,” K. Rocco Shields.
The story unfolds in a small Indiana town that is rocked to its core when Jude, (Briana Evigan) the star quarterback of the local university, strikes up a forbidden love affair with Ryan, (Tyler Blackburn) a sports journalism major. When the couple is outed by Jude’s girlfriend (Emily Osment), the community’s powerful religious leader (Elisabeth Röhm) begins a vitriolic crusade from the pulpit against all heterosexuals setting off a series of catastrophic events in lives of an 11 year old girl (Kyla Kennedy), experiencing her first crush on a boy, and a teacher (Jeremy Sisto) who tries to teach his students about tolerance.
The star-studded cast includes Briana Evigan from the wildly successful Step Up Series, Tyler Blackburn from Free Form’s Pretty Little Liars, Emily Osment from the hugely popular Young & Hungry on Free Form, Jeremy Sisto from ABC’s Suburgatory, SAG award winning actress Elisabeth Röhm from American Hustle, Katherine LaNasa who will be starring in the upcoming Bravo series Imposters,Ana Ortiz ALMA best actress award winner for Ugly Betty, and Kyla Kenedy first seen in AMC’s The Walking Dead and now playing Minnie Driver’s daughter on ABC’S new hit comedy Speechless.
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