A Life to Love, a film about faith and the power of God and the first feature-length movie produced by Belief Pictures, is set to begin shooting in August for a release date of May 2016.
The film stars Canadian actress Hannah Brennen, who portrays a 17-year-old girl named Janie who must come to terms with the brutal murder of her mother. She quickly plunges into a life of suicide and depression.
"Everything the character goes through in her life takes a toll on her faith," says Chris J. Zayachkowski, the film's director. "We're trying to take a compassionate and empathetic approach to suicide and mental illness as we examine it from a Christian perspective."
The cast also co-stars Lauren Dutchak, Tiffany Jordan, Kelly Lamb and Karalynn Edgar.
"It is our belief that the film's positive message will provide people hope in their daily lives. We want to show them that God is real and always there. He really does care what happens to people everywhere. This includes kids and teens."
The project will be shot digitally on Blackmagic cameras and a crowd-funding campaign is scheduled to go live on March 5.
"We're very excited to be launching our Indiegogo campaign and we have worked hard to create incentives for people who want to donate to the campaign," Zayachkowski says. "You don't need to give a lot of money. We have incentives that start as low as $1. We are even pre-selling the DVD and it can be purchased at a price of $15.00.
"The funds will be used during the production period to help cover costs such as housing, food, transportation and insurance. We're even donating a portion of the proceeds from the film to the Kids Help Phone. Everyone can donate and get involved in the film regardless of their budget."
The film will be shot in the first two weeks of August 2015 in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario and should last roughly 14 days. The production starts prepping in late April. The film will then be released in early May 2016.