Filmmaker K. Rocco Shields will host an exclusive screening of her award-winning, anti-bullying film Love is All You Need? in North Carolina on June 16 after its screening at the 2016 Brooklyn Film Festival.
The movie stars Briana Evigan (Step Up Series), Tyler Blackburn (Pretty Little Liars), Emily Osment (Hannah Montana, Young & Hungry), Elisabeth Rohm (American Hustle, Joy), Jeremy Sisto (Clueless), Blake Cooper Griffin (Ride), Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty), and Kyla Kenedy (The Walking Dead).
While many artists responded to HB2 by boycotting North Carolina, Shields was instead motivated to bring her film specifically there. “There are many kinds of people in North Carolina, and this movie is for all of them,” said Shields. “My intention is to inspire an open conversation on tolerance and diversity at one of the places that needs to discuss these topics the most right now.”
Love is All You Need? is a forbidden love story that takes place in a world where gay is straight, straight is gay, and heterophobia is prevalent. The feature film made its world premiere in March and has been showing at festivals around the country since, amassing awards and garnering critical acclaim. It’s adapted from the viral 19-minute short film of the same name, which was so powerful that it organically garnered over 40 million views online and was translated by fans into more than a dozen languages, touching individuals around the world.
A straight love story in a gay world.
A town is rocked when their local university’s picture-perfect star quarterback is outed for being a heterosexual after her peers discover her forbidden love affair with a male journalist. Their community is part of a world much like our own, but with one big twist: gay is straight and straight is gay.
The fallout of the football star’s outing puts a spotlight on how intolerance of differences affect youth, college students, parents and the town as a whole. As the unique characters’ lives collide, we also get a look at the dramatic effects of other instances of bullying, each pulled from true events and real world experiences.
Love is All You Need? is based on the 19 minute short film of the same name, which was so powerful that it organically garnered over 50 million views and was self-translated by fans into more than a dozen languages, deeply touching and affecting people around the world.
Check out the trailer.
“The movie can feel shocking, especially because there’s a startling authenticity to the characters’ experiences,” said Shields. “While the sexualities are flipped, all the stories are all based on true events. The recent legislation in NC is positioned to encourage a fresh wave of LGBT discrimination, but talking about our differences to better understand one another may help diminish HB2’s effects in the Durham community.”