Love Is All You Need? is a film that fights for love, for everyone. It’s a modern love story, but there’s nothing ordinary about it. In a world where the social norm is reversed, gay relationships are mainstream while heterosexual relationships are condemned, misunderstood, and even persecuted. Through the lens of an upside down world, this film allows viewers to walk in the shoes of millions of people worldwide who face judgement everyday for something every single person should have the right to: LOVE.

Love Is All You Need? started out as a 19-minute short film of the same name in 2011, where something amazing happened. With absolutely no promotion or advertising, the video was viewed over 50 million times and self-translated by fans from around the world into over a dozen languages. And it has already made a significant impact across the nation. During the Seattle screening on November 16th, Shields talked about individuals reaching out to her for the best of reasons: Because of this film they stopped bullying, or stopped self-harming. Because of this film, a mother contacted her child after more than 20 years of estrangement when she realized they weren’t so different after all. Five years after the short film, the feature length version is pushing boundaries and creating change with its wide release fast approaching.

The feature length film written and directed by Kim Rocco Shields with co-writer David Tillman is, sadly, based on true events. It stars Briana Evigan and Tyler Blackburn as Jude and Ryan. A story similar to that of Romeo and Juliet, chaos ensues when Jude, the star college quarterback, falls in love with Ryan, a sports journalism major. What starts off as an interview for a newspaper quickly turns into a forbidden, and deadly, love affair.

Love Is All You Need? is much more than just a film – it’s a movement. And it’s a movement that is more important than ever. Because now, more than ever, it is vital that everyone understands that love is love. Love is the one uniting factor in this world, and something that should bring countries together instead of tearing nations apart. Love is patient, kind, and compassionate. It’s not hateful, prejudicial, or mean-spirited. That’s why Love Is All You Need? is a movement for not only love, but equality – a movement that aims to make falling in love accepted, and safe, for every human being.

This film is a call to action – to stand up against hatred, bullying, and intolerance, and scream from the rooftops that everyone deserves love and acceptance. It’s an opportunity to start conversations, and make a difference for millions of people worldwide, by replacing fear with understanding. This film is a chance to create change, kindness, and empathy. So show this film to your friends, family, or loved ones, and take a stand for love. Stand up for equality. You never know whose life you can save with a few kind words, a warm smile, or one small, positive action. And no matter what, in your thoughts, your actions, and your words… always choose love.

Love Is All You Need? will be released to iTunes on November 24th. You can CLICK HERE to learn more about the film, the movement, and how it all got started.
Photos from the Seattle Screening of Love Is All You Need?

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Jasmine Barta
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Journalist, storyteller, and kindness advocate. I graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and have a passion for writing and social media. I believe that every single person has a story worth telling, and that small acts of kindness can make an extraordinary difference.