Just arrived home after spending several days at The Geneva Film Festival. Not only did we win Best Feature and receive the highest number of points from jurors of any film in the fest, I was fortunate to meet some wonderful people, and connect with a very enthusiastic live audience. Located just outside Chicago, Geneva is a lovely destination spot for people wishing to escape the city, and it even warmed up to a balmy 40 degrees during the festival (from recent temps of 20 below zero)! Festival staff and volunteers worked hard to create a beautiful event. Here’s what this audience had to say about The One Who Loves You:
“This was an amazing story, though set in a time far away from the ‘connected’ world of today, it was relevant to modern-day dreamers. The acting performances and the art direction work hand-in-hand with the creativity of 1st time director Katharyn Grant’s vision of the character Gloria. In the end, viewers are reminded that it is perfectly fine to day dream, but it is best to find the determination to follow the road less traveled and do what you love.” (Dennis Avelor / Addison, Ill)
“This is a great story of a woman trying to hold on and follow her dream to sing professionally. The music in the movie is beautiful! It was terrific to have this film in the festival.” (Tom Crashaw/ Geneva)
“This film is an inspiration to me and to anyone who finds themselves doing what they were “put here to do” whether famously successful or not.” (Tony and Connie Coulson/ Geneva)
“Thank you for bringing these characters to life! Gloria’s story takes us, the audience, into a world of innocence and determination inspiring us to achieve our own goals. What a great film, it truly brought us back to the seventies when the world was so different. Congratulations on a terrific showing!” (Mike and Diana/ St Charles, Ill)
And last but not least…from the Mayor of Geneva, Kevin Burns: “On behalf of the 23,000 citizens of Geneva thank you for sharing your film with us! If I had to relive the 1970’s, I was glad you were in charge!”
About “The One Who Loves You”
“The One Who Loves You” is an American independent film that recreates the South of the 1970s, bringing this time and place vividly to life through a potent down-home soundtrack and unforgettable characters, while paying homage to the stripped-down, raw style of films from that period such as The Last Picture Show and Nashville.
It’s 1974. Gloria Bethune faces a bleak existence when she retreats to her small hometown after failing as a singer in New York. She falls for a grifter who claims to be the former manager of a famous Country singer. Through this flawed man’s apparent faith in her, Gloria’s passion for singing is reborn, but she is pushed into uncharted territory.