Love Me


TYPE
: Documentary Feature
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: In Distribution

LOGLINE

Love Me is a Documentary about lonely men on their Quest for love through the Modern Mail-Order Bride Industry of Ukraine.

 

SYNOPSIS

Love Me will be a character-driven documentary film that follows desperate American men on their quest to find love through the modern Ukrainian mail-order bride industry. Following their matchmaking journey, the film will explore the men's motivations, struggles, and pitfalls, as well as the relationships that many of them ultimately develop. Love me will be a character-driven narrative that highlights the current state of this unconventional wedding industry in an honest, realistic and entertaining way.


Can two individuals truly find love through International Marriage Brokers? Or is the mail-order bride industry just a hoax designed to prey on people's desperation? This film follows the steps of courtship and marriage in a hyper-real way and documents the desires and hopes, successes and failures of “digital age” romance. Ultimately, the characters act as metaphors for larger social issues. From desperation and loneliness to companionship, this narrative journey will open the viewer’s eyes to the wildly entertaining, heart-wrenching, dramatic, moral and ethical rollercoaster that is the modern mail-order bride story.

All of the characters’ actions are based in their longing or need for something more, from companionship and family to financial wellbeing. These stories weave together the stereotypes, myths and realities that surround the Mail-Order Bride industry. While these characters are distinct in many ways, they all have one driving force in common: the search for love.
 

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

Love Me is a unique film, because it has the ability to convey the complexities of a larger topical issue, i.e. the mail-order bride industry, while also showing the human experience via the characters' search for love. Over two hundred fifty hours have been filmed and logged, including one couple's entire matchmaking journey. The footage is very comprehensive and will be able to highlight the second and third largest International Marriage Agencies, as well as numerous characters' participation in this industry.

As we begin post-production, the assistance and support of Donors become crucial to this film's ultimate success. Thank you for your interest in "Love Me"

 

KEY CREW

Jonathon Narducci - Director/ Producer

Jonathon Narducci is an award-winning commercial and music video director and cinematographer. Jonathon attended school at University of Iowa, where he received his Bachelors in Film Studies with a focus in Documentary Filmmaking. Jonathon worked as a Co-Producer and Director of Photography on Carissa, a documentary that was aired on Current TV and won awards in numerous festivals. His previous work has been featured internationally at the International Film Festival at Rotterdam, the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, the Atlanta Film Festival, as well as on Pitchfork.com, Stereogum.com and in Bref Magazine. This is Jonathon’s feature-length documentary directorial debut.

jnarducci.com

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Jon Barlow - Producer

Jon’s documentary film credits include Getting Up: The Tempt One Story, winner of the audience award at Slamdance, and Beautiful Losers, which premiered at SXSW and won “Best Documentary” at CineVegas and Newport Beach Film Festival. Jon started his career as Ted Koppel’s Assistant on ABC News Nightline, and has since worked as a Producer for the National Geographic Channel and HDNet’s highest-rated show Art Mann Presents… Jon has also worked with top-tier ad agencies to produce branded content and advertising for Nike, Sony, Visa, Levi’s, Toyota, and Disney.

jonkbarlow.com/JON-BARLOW-PRODUCER

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Carol Martori - Editor

Carol has been a freelance film editor since 2000. Her feature documentary credits include Sound City, directed by Dave Grohl about the legendary music studio and the shift from analog to digital music making, Billy Bob Thornton's The King of Luck a film about country music legend Willie Nelson, Waiting for Lightning a film about professional skateboarder Danny Way and his attempt to jump the Great Wall of China and Click Me which delves into the early days of online dating. In addition to feature work, Martori has edited a number of television documentary series from Gangland on the History Channel to The Final Report on the National Geographic Channel. Her work has appeared in numerous film festivals from Sundance to SXSW to Hot Docs.

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