Finding the person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with can seem nothing short of impossible, but what if you decided that you were going to renounce dating, save yourself for marriage, and leave the process of looking for your husband up to your parents…and God? This is the story of Kelly, a young woman who is doing just that.
For Kelly, who grew up happily in a secular family in Alabama, this was not the road she originally envisioned for herself. But in her early twenties, her parents divorced and her world was shaken. Was marriage still something she believed in? Was dating even right for her? Kelly moved to Michigan and began to develop a close relationship with God. As she embarked upon a religious life, she learned about Christian Courtship, a process where parents with God's assistance search for their daughter's spouse. Kelly knew instantly that Courtship was for her. Though she did kiss boys as a teen, she now hopes to save her next kiss for her husband.
Because Kelly’s own parents thought courtship was crazy (Why not just Internet date?), she began to search for spiritual parents. When she met the Wrights, a couple who had embraced Courtship for their own family, she knew that they were just the people she had been looking for. Now Kelly lives with the them , and, if a young man is interested in her, he must meet with Mr. Wright first. If Mr. Wright approves then Kelly gets introduced and the whole family works together to determine if this is the person God intends for her to marry. The young man will not be left alone with Kelly until they are standing at the altar.
Why It Matters
Not only is this a powerful and entertaining story about love, but it is also the first mainstream media documentary about Courtship. Its goal is to be more than informative and provocative because it is actually a real life romantic comedy.
Today, with digital technology, people seem more linked to each other than ever, yet somehow we struggle more to truly connect. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the search for love. Platforms like Facebook and Internet dating give us huge pools of people to choose from but commitment and connection seem more elusive than ever. This film is for anyone and everyone who's ever thought dating is frustrating and hard! It's also for anyone and everyone who's ever thought about or been involved in a Courtship.
I hope you will sponsor the project so that everyone can experience this fascinating world and this amazing story first hand. Everyone struggles in their search for love and this film asks how far any of us would be willing to go to find it.
Amy Kohn (Director) is an Emmy Award winning television producer/show runner whose documentary work has included the critically acclaimed “My Life as a Child,” (TLC) profiling children ages 7 to 11 who were given cameras to film their own lives. She was a field producer on PBS’ “The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow,” and HBO’s “Suicide” and “Crank: Made in America.” She was an executive producer on “Running Russell Simmons” and co-executive producer on “Kathy Griffin My Life on the “D” List”, “Steven Seagal Lawman,” "Fashion Hunters," and “Running in Heels” among others.
Evan Eames (Cinematographer) has worked in documentary film and television for over twenty-years. After several years working under the mentorship of Director Frederick Wiseman, Eames earned a Masters of Fine Arts at NYU’s Tisch School. He was winner of the 2008 Telly Award for Best Cinematography for his work on The National Geographic Channel’s “Congo Bush Pilots,” and as Producer, Eames was nominated for an Emmy Award for the PBS series “Adventures with Ruth.” Other work of note was as DP on “Prison Town, USA” (PBS’ POV). Currently, Eames is working as Director on the HGTV series “Selling New York.”
Jordan Montminy (Editor) is an Emmy Award winning editor for his work on PBS. He recently worked on an upcoming Alex Gibney documentary about WikiLeaks and the Peabody Award winning "The Madoff Affair" for PBS Frontline. Last year he edited a documentary "Nuala," which won Best Irish Film at the Dublin International Film Festival, as well as the documentary "Voices from the Grave" which won the 2010 Irish Film & Television Award for Best Documentary. His work has appeared on ABC, Discovery, PBS, National Geographic, MTV, VH1, and Current. He splits his time between Brooklyn, USA and Dublin.
Why We Need Funding
We are currently editing our rough cut, but we need finishing funds for the film...
- Additional editing
- Mix and Online
Though these costs would normally be far more than $25,000, we're negotiating special rates on everything to keep the budget as low as possible.
If you contribute your perks can include copies of the film (with special added features), a film poster, invitations to exclusive events with the cast, opportunities to give notes and creative feedback on the film, executive producer credit and a special goodie basket handmade by the Wrights and Kelly.
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