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Love’s Complicated – A Hallmark Original Movie, based on the novel My Life as a Doormat, 2016

Starring Holly Marie Combs and Ben Bass

Leah Townsend has always been a people pleaser. From her childhood as a senator’s daughter to her career as a successful author, Leah goes out of her way to avoid conflict.  So strong is her desire to keep the people around her happy that Leah is also too afraid to let her longtime boyfriend Edward Crouse know that their relationship is in a rut—the same date night, at the same restaurant, with the same food, week in and week out.  And to top it all off, her second novel is proving much more difficult to write than the first.  When Leah and Edward have a minor disagreement at Edward’s faculty party (it barely qualifies as a spat) Edward enrolls her in a group conflict resolution class.  There, she meets Cinco Dublin, a shock-jock radio host attending the class by court order.  His family has a prickly past with the Townsends: Cinco Sr., a renowned journalist, went toe-to-toe with Senator Townsend when he was in office and the bad blood still remains.  Leah bristles at Cinco’s brashness and can’t see past the scathing review he gave her debut novel.  As they meet for conflict resolution class each week, Leah sees some cracks in Cinco’s façade, but can’t get past their differences.  She finds herself torn between two men: dependable Edward, loving even if he is predictable; and Cinco with all his bluster, who makes Leah feel alive.  As Leah learns how to be comfortable with conflict in her daily life, can she resolve the one deep within her heart?




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A comedy based on the novel SKID by Rene Gutteridge.  Due out in 2016.  Directed by Ryan “Staples” Scott.  Written by Rene Gutteridge.  Produced by Grey Wolf Productions.

Blissfully unaware that Atlantica Flight 1945 from Atlanta to Amsterdam is about to make aviation history, First Officer Danny McSweeney focuses his energies on navigating the turbulent personalities of an eccentric female captain, a co-pilot with a talent for tactless comments and conspiracy theories, and a lead flight attendant with an outsized attitude that definitely exceeds the limits for carry-on baggage.

On the other side of the cockpit door, the unscheduled in-flight entertainment includes a potbellied pig, a jittery diamond courier, and the recently jilted Lucy Meredith, whose personal mantra of “What Would Oprah Do?” will be challenged by the sudden appearance of her ex and his new traveling partner. On her left sits Hank Hazard, whose unusually polite but constant requests–prompted by his covert role as a spy for the airline–test the limits of the crew’s customer service.

But as Lucy and the rest of the crew discover, Hank’s odd behavior is linked to a quiet faith that may play a key role in the fate of everyone on board. Especially when an unexpected traveler sets this already bumpy flight on a course toward the unfriendly skies.

2015 Official Selection: Sunscreen Film Festival, Breckenridge Film Festival, Red Dirt Film Festival, San Antonio Film Festival; deadCenter Film Festival

WINNER!  deadCenter Best Oklahoma Feature Film 2015 and Red Dirt Film Festival Best Oklahoma Feature Film 2015

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