Then Susie plopped her head on my lap. The story was awe-inspiring: an amazing animal who had survived unthinkable abuse, only to be adopted by a human companion equally as phenomenal. Donna Lawrence had survived an attack by a pit-bull only a few years before. This was a story of healing. A story of being a better person by showing love for "the least among us."
It was a story that I wanted to be involved in telling.
We are proud to have Susie's Hope premiering at the RiverRun International Film Festival.
One of the biggest honors of working on this film has been working with other people who are completely committed to making the world a better place for animals: Donna Lawrence, who started the educational non-profit; director and co-writer Jerry Rees; stars Emmanuelle Vaugier, herself the organizer of Best Friends Animal Society's Fluffball, Burgess Jenkins, Andrea Powell, Lance E. Nichols, well-known animal lover Jon Provost, and Pet Life Radio's Megan Blake; fellow producers Stone's Throw Films and Altair Casting and Production Services,
LLC; executive producers Eve Roser, Tami Hendrix and Brian Gavigan, who all rescue abandoned animals; funding partner The R.B. Terry Foundation; post-production house Reel Works; the American Humane Association; the National American Pit Bull Terrier Association; CCSB Reptile Rescue; Southern Tails Dog School; Guilford County Animal Shelter Director Marsha Williams; Assistant District Attorney Chris Parrish; NC Senator Don Vaughan; and the many, many others. Every name listed in that very long scroll at the end of the film earned my appreciation with their committment and talent. On behalf of all the producers and filmmakers, many thanks!
We hope to see you at the RiverRun Film Festival on April 13th at 1:00 pm, April 16th at 3:00 pm, or April 20th at 4:00 pm!