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Montclair, NJ Shorts
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A short film about a plus size woman's ongoing journey to self-acceptance.

Montclair, NJ Shorts
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Click to Like "Thick Heart" on Facebook for updates and sneak peeks.
Click to Like "Thick Heart" on Facebook for updates and sneak peeks.

The Story

"Thick Heart" is a short romantic comedy film about a self-conscious plus size woman named Courtney who uses online dating in order to seek acceptance in a potential partner. Instead, she comes across someone else (Ziggy) that helps her dig a bit deeper to find her inner beauty. A woman's journey to self-acceptance is an ongoing process. 

I truly feel that everyone can relate to this story. There is an online dating component (very modern - total number of people in the U.S. who have tried online dating: 40 Million). The lead character is someone who represents any female (or male) who lacks confidence or is brought down by one's peers. The audience will find themselves feeling bad for Courtney, but will laugh along as her journey to self-acceptance takes off. "You Are Beautiful" - a powerful affirmation that Courtney uses to reassure herself as she stares at her reflection in the mirror. 

Cast

Adrienne Left, Evan Right. Photo by Matt Cutola
Adrienne Left, Evan Right. Photo by Matt Cutola

Adrienne Lovette - Courtney IMDB / Official Facebook Page
Courtney is the lead. She overcomes her insecurities with the insight of a newly acquired friend. 

GREAT NEWS: "Sunlight Jr." was just accepted in the Tribeca Film Festival under the World Narrative Competition Category! Adrienne holds her own in this film, playing Naomi Watts' coworker at Quickie-mart. Matt Dillon and Norman Reedus also star in "Sunlight Jr." We are blessed to have her casted as the lead in "Thick Heart" because she is an amazing actress and brings great talent to Courtney's character. 


Evan Price - Ziggy

This is Evan's first short film! Evan plays Ziggy - the character that helps Courtney realize her inner beauty. 

The mean office duo ganging up on Courtney. (L to R) Peju, Adrienne, and Erica. Photo found on Peju's Twitter!
The mean office duo ganging up on Courtney. (L to R) Peju, Adrienne, and Erica. Photo found on Peju's Twitter!

Peju Bamgboshe (pictured left)
Twitter / Online Resume
Peju plays Reese, 1/2 of the mean girls in the bland office in which Courtney works.

Erica Cho (pictured right)
IMDB / Official Facebook Page
Erica plays Pam, the other 1/2 of the mean girls in the bland office in which Courtney works. Reese's "lapdog." The two are together at all times - a packaged deal. 

*above are just the leads, there are more roles within the film. 

Crew

Some of the crew! Photo by Hassan Bhatti.
Some of the crew! Photo by Hassan Bhatti.

Kristi Dake - Writer, Director, Producer
Alfred Marroquin - Producer Check out his latest short on Vimeo!  Learn more about Alfred on his website.
Steven Mastorelli - Director of Photography, Editor VIMEO
Gina LoPinto - Assistant Director Link to her film's trailer "HURT LIKE MINE"
-- and many more amazing people. Every crew member helped immensely! 

"Thick Heart's" Future

After casting Adrienne Lovette, who adored the script at first glance, we both decided on continuing "Thick Heart" as a web series. We have already thought up the plots for the next four episodes, and plan on making them this summer. Not only are we continuing Courtney's journey of self-acceptance, but the film will be submitted into festivals in order to gain recognition. 

I'm Fluffy T-Shirt Reward $50 & up

This shirt is featured in the film, which is worn by Courtney, the lead character. Shirt is available in any color and in sizes: Small, Medium, Large, XL, 2XL (basically any of the sizes at AC Moore). The director will personally create this shirt for you!  

I'm Fluffy T-Shirt (as worn by lead Courtney)
I'm Fluffy T-Shirt (as worn by lead Courtney)

Risks and challenges

Your donations will be used accordingly:

- Equipment Rentals. Shooting on the Red is costly, but very beautiful!
- Food. Without food, there will be a grumpy cast and crew.
- Transportation! A big thanks to NJ Transit for raising the prices this past year.
- Post Production Costs
- Composer for an original score. This is the first time I'll be dealing with this aspect of film - exciting!
- Festival submissions! (This will also be a first for me! Very excited to submit to as many as possible).

This project is worth every penny. Please donate! Don't hesitate to ask any questions. Thank you very much!!

Song in video: "My Always Mood" by Broke For Free (http://brokeforfree.com/)

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