Friday, December 22, 2006

Movie Premier ~ Evangelism Tool

Dear Phil,
I am privileged to be representing an independent film titled BELLA. This film touched my heart and soul deeply, and I believe it will do the same for Christian audiences. It is a film that speaks loudly through story but is not preachy; a film that has the power to impact lives in a positive and beautiful way.
BELLA is an important film that all high school and college students will benefit from seeing. I am inviting you to please come to a special screening of BELLA at the Yorktown Premium Room in Lombard at 7:00 pm on January 10. An E-VITE is attached. The producer of the film and the lead actor will be there to have a discussion following the screening. These two impressive men, Leo and Eduardo, are on a mission to make a difference with their films, and BELLA will do just that.
Please respond to this email. If you cannot attend the January 10 screening, there is also one in Chicago on January 9. Please feel free to pass on this invitation to other church leaders who may be in a position to mobilize groups to attend BELLA when it is released to theatres, tentatively in April.
Thank you and God Bless,
Margo Lange
Cell: 630-440-8391
The Story
An international soccer star (Eduardo Verástegui) is on his way to sign a multi-million dollar contract when something happens that brings his career to an abrupt end. A waitress (Tammy Blanchard), struggling to make it in New York City, discovers something about herself that she’s unprepared for. In one irreversible moment, their lives are turned upside down…until an impetuous action brings them together and turns an ordinary day into an unforgettable experience.
Once a famous athlete, and now a cook at his brother’s Mexican restaurant, José has retreated from the world but he recognizes something in Nina, a young waitress, and reaches out to her. In the course of a single day, he not only confronts his past but shows her how the healing power of a family can help her embrace the future.
Metanoia Films presents BELLA, a heartwarming story about friendship, family and our capacity for love in the face of the unexpected. Alejandro Monteverde makes his feature film directorial debut from an original screenplay co-written with Patrick Million. Stephen McEveety, porducer of The Passion of the Christ and Braveheart, is the executive producer.
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uBella took top prize at Toronto’s International Film Festival by winning the “Peoples Choice Award.”
uCast Member: EDUARDO VERÁSTEGUI portrays José, a former soccer star who has become a chef in a Mexican restaurant owned by his brother.
[Mr. Verastegui has toured the world as a singer in the Mexican pop sensation Kairo, acclaimed solo recording artist, performing sold-out concerts in over 13 countries; starred in five highly-rated “telenovelas” (Spanish soap operas) for Televisa (broadcast in over 19 countries); has been featured on hundreds of international magazine covers including People En Español which voted him one of 50 Most Beautiful People; has appeared opposite Jennifer Lopez in one of her most famous music videos “Ain’t it funny!” as well as in an international television commercial promoting her self-titled commercial fragrances. He has also co-starred in an indie film called “Meet Me In Miami” and has appeared in such primetime television series as “CSI:Miami, “ “Charmed,” and “Karen Cisco”].
u"Bella," is the first project from Metanoia Films (committed to projects that entertain, engage and inspire), which includes a group of 5 partners: Eduardo Verastegui, Alejandro Monteverde, Leo Severino, Sean Wolfington and Eustace Wolfington. “Our mission is to make films that make a positive difference” said Wolfington. After seeing the film Steve McEveety (Produced Braveheart, We Were Soldiers, Passion of the Christ) signed on as an Executive Producer to help market the film.
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1 comment:

NPPN Blog said...

Reviewer: igglephan
Bella is a gem. Its strength is not the story or plot, but overwhelming charm. Have no doubt, this movie absolutely works. You truly care about these characters. The acting is hands down incredible. The director has outdone himself. As a writer I left confused, there are scenes where not much happens in the plot, yet the movie does not let go of you in the least bit. The dinner scene for example, I don't know why it works so well, it just does. You laugh really hard, you say "aw"‚ you tilt your head, then you want to know what happens next. It's relentlessly captivating without a big twist or shocking moment. It's refreshing to watch internal conflict done so well. A viewer leaves feeling that the story tellers are the furthest thing from a generic
assembly-line of story telling. These guys are original. I saw a screening with about 30 people and the enjoyment was audible on cue with the film. It is no surprise it won people's choice, one simply enjoys themselves while watching this film and while going home.