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Award-Winning Screenwriter Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for New Film to Feature a PLUS-SIZE Actress as the Love Interest
LOS ANGELES, CA – August 31, 2015 – Hollywood screenwriter and producer Michael Elliot announced a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.com to fund a new romantic comedy that will feature a plus-size actress as the primary love interest in the film. The campaign is being called Project Plus-Size Movie Star.
“The media, especially television and film, significantly affects how and what we think,” Elliot, a 17-year veteran of the film industry, said. “By rarely ever seeing plus-size women as love interests in films, Hollywood is perpetuating a view that plus-size women aren’t desirable, sexy, or beautiful, and that they are unimportant. This is a message that needs to change, and this film – and hopefully the films that could be made as a direct result of it – will play a significant role in changing this message.”
Elliot wrote the romantic comedies Brown Sugar (2002) and Just Wright (2010), which starred Queen Latifah and Common. “I loved Queen Latifah as the reassuring best friend in Brown Sugar, but I loved her more in my film Just Wright, where she rocked a sexy black dress in the film’s first five minutes, owned a home, was accomplished in her career, and played the film’s romantic lead – without a single reference to her weight or body type,” Elliot said.
“I believe that if this campaign reaches and exceeds its funding goal, it will send a message to Hollywood that there is tremendous support for films that feature plus-size women in starring roles,” Elliot said. “And should this film do well at the box office or in television ratings, Hollywood studios and networks will see the economic viability of films starring plus-size actresses, and fund more of them. More positive images of plus-size women in film will not only affect how women, including my own daughters, view themselves and how others – both men and women – view other women, but begin to destroy the longstanding Hollywood ideal of beauty that is neither realistic nor accurate.”
GO SUPPORT THIS CAMPAIGN! To view the Project Plus-Size Movie Star campaign page and Michael Elliot's campaign video CLICK HERE.
To set up an interview and/or media inquiries contact Michael Elliot at (214) 872-2288 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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