Swanky Flicks is proud to present the cinematic short film “THE LOVE EFFECT”, a drama written by Tyler Atkins, Ari Blinder, and Drue Metz and directed by Drue Metz.
(Los Angeles, CA) – February, 2016 – “THE LOVE EFFECT” is the story of two men who are struggling with depression and suicide. The unexpected friendship that they form helps them to rediscover life’s greatest gift and it’s powerful effect. It premieres February 22, 2016, 7:30pm at the Crest Theatre, Westwood with special guests including partner representative from MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA.
Tyler Atkins and Ari Blinder star in this moving tale as hero “Tom” and friend “Robbie”, who never share each others’ name throughout the film. Both characters, men in their late 20’s, are dealing with depression and loss in very radical ways. Tom escaped to the California coast to come to terms his deceased love, while Robbie made his way to the same spot in order to take his own life. Two men of different backgrounds share similar emotional experiences with depression and suicide and find a pathway through together by sharing experiences as simple as fishing, surfing, and camping.
The loss, depression, suicide, and friendship emphasized in the film are meant to draw attention to the importance of love and its effect on everyone. THE LOVE EFFECT team (Atkins, Blinder, Metz) have partnered with MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA in efforts to promote mental well-being and increase suicide awareness.
About “THE LOVE EFFECT” Writers and Director
Actor/Writer Tyler Atkins first appeared on screen in the award winning TV drama, “Puberty Blues”. After being diagnosed with kidney disease Atkins’ soul searching led to the inspiration behind “THE LOVE EFFECT”.
Actor/Writer Ari Blinder has acted in exciting television shows such as “Homeland” on Showtime, “Banshee” on Cinemax, and “The Mentalist” on CBS. His film “The Gerstein Report” recently played at the Cannes Film Festival.
Writer and director Drue Metz has written, directed, produced, or contributed to over 60 films and videos to date. Recently, he directed part of James Franco‘s feature film adaptation of Don Quixote. Metz is currently directing commercials and music videos for production companies Swanky Flicks & Replay Collective and just finished directing and co-writing a television pilot for Dany Garcia’s THE GARCIA COMPANY.
In addition to their film, THE LOVE EFFECT team (Atkins, Blinder, Metz) has devised a social awareness campaign through their film, marketing and social media presence as well as raising over $50,000 for their film and campaign. THE LOVE EFFECT organization (soon theloveeffect.org) seeks to raise awareness on depression and suicide through engaging multi-media that demonstrates the powerful effect of love. An innovative movement, THE LOVE EFFECT organization exhibits cinematic content, social media, marketing, public speaking, charitable services, resources and apparel to help people connect, better themselves and spread awareness in a unique and meaningful way.
• Winner GRAND JURY PRIZE - The Santa Monica International Film Festival
• Winner of BEST DIRECTOR: Drue Metz
• Nominated for Best Original Screenplay by Tyler Atkins, Ari Blinder & Drue Metz
• Nominated for Best Cinematography by Doug Potts
• Winner HONORABLE MENTION - 2016 Voice Awards
• Winner of BEST ACTOR - Tyler Atkins - Hollywood Short Film Festival