Rom-Com story of Two Broken-Hearted People Who Discover a Second Chance at Romance Through a “Pro-Schmo” Dance Contest.
Ellinas Multimedia announces the release of the inspirational rom-com feature film FAITH, HOPE & LOVE coming to theaters on March 15th.
The film stars Peta Murgatroyd (Dancing with the Stars), Robert Krantz (Back to the Future), Natasha Bure (Hallmark’s Switched for Christmas), Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law), Ed Asner (Lou Grant), Nancy Stafford (Matlock), Michael Richards (Seinfeld), M. Emmet Walsh (Blade Runner), Aria Walters (“Malibu Dan the Family Man”) and Maks Chmerkovskiy (Dancing with the Stars).
FAITH, HOPE & LOVE shares the romantic journey of dance instructor, “Faith Turley” (Murgatroyd), who has recently divorced her unfaithful husband and enters a “Pro-Schmo” dance contest to raise money and save her dance studio. She becomes partners with Jimmy Elpidas (Krantz), a widower father, whose two daughters have coaxed him into entering the contest.
Audiences cheer on the couple as they overcome personal obstacles, relationship resistance and discover a renewed passion for their lives, their dreams and their faith through the beauty of dance. The film features original dance numbers choreographed by Murgatroyd and her husband Maks Chmerkovskiy.
“They both connect emotionally; they just fit together like a jigsaw puzzle,” says Murgatroyd, who makes her film debut. “They are guarded and shut-off people because of what has happened to them. But then they confide in each other and rediscover the beauty in their lives.”
For Jimmy, who is trying to raise his two daughters, that means putting to rest memories of the past while opening himself up to the promise of the future. Jimmy surprises Faith with his unspoken dedication towards winning the contest.
For Faith, it means rediscovering God in her life, as she is comforted by the example of Jimmy’s faith. When she’s not teaching him hip-hop, ballroom and Latin numbers for the contest, she’s joining Jimmy at a weekly Bible study at his church, led by his pastor (Walsh) and a wise longtime parishioner (Asner) who sense the romantic sparks between Faith and Jimmy before they do.
“Those who have seen the film have repeatedly said it’s a film they have been looking for and how wonderful it makes them feel about life,” says Krantz who stars in and produced the film. “My goal was to reflect life and give audiences hope – especially those Christian families that are trying to keep their faith and their marriages going strong, and that are trying to raise their kids the right way.”
Directed by Robert Krantz and J.J. Englert, the film is rated PG. Additional information is available at the web site www.FHLMOVIE.COM.
The film is distributed through ArtAffects, a boutique distributor for faith and family films, formed in 2003 as distribution consultants on Icon’s The Passion of the Christ.
ABOUT THE CAST:
PETA MURGATROYD (Faith Turley) is a New Zealand-born Australian professional Latin dancer. She performed in the international tour of the dance production Burn the Floor, including its Broadway run. She is best known for her appearances on the American edition of Dancing with the Stars, which she has won twice.
ROBERT KRANTZ (Jimmy Elpidas, writer, co-director, producer and editor), a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Film and Television program, has acted in some of the highest rated and most successful movies (Back to the Future, Woman in Red), mini-series (The Billionaire Boys Club, Onassis) and sitcoms (Who’s the Boss, Silver Spoons). He has also written, directed, produced and stared in two award-winning independent films, Do You Wanna Dance? and Christmas with the Karountzoses, along with having written the best-selling novel, Falling in Love with Sophia. Krantz lives in Aliso Viego, California, with his wife, Tricia, and their triplet sons.
Michael Richards (Daddy Hogwood) is an American actor, writer, television producer and comedian, widely known for his portrayal of Cosmo Kramer on the television sitcom Seinfeld, for which he received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series three times.
Natasha Bure (Gia Elpidas) is a singer, author, and YouTuber. With over 400,000 Instagram followers and 100,000 YouTube subscribers, she has quickly become a social media celebrity. Natasha performed on THE VIEW with the Grammy award winning band For King & Country and was a contestant on NBC’s hit show THE VOICE. Natasha is the author of teen advice book, Let’s Be Real: Living Life as an Open and Honest You. She starred in Hallmark Channel movie Switched For Christmas. Natasha is the 20 year old daughter of actress Candace Cameron Bure, and former NHL player Valeri Bure.
Corbin Bernsen (Brian Fuller) is an American actor and director, known for his work on television. He is known for his roles as divorce attorney Arnold Becker on the NBC drama series L.A. Law, as Dr. Alan Feinstone. He also starred in The Dentist, Psych and CUTS. He has starred in feature films that include Major League, Major League II, and Major League: Back to the Minors.
Ed Asner (Harry Karetas) is an American actor, voice actor and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He starred as Lou Grant on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series Lou Grant, making him one of the few television actors to portray the same leading character in both a comedy and a drama. He is also known for portraying Santa Claus in the comedy