Imagine a world where being gay was the norm -- where children are born and raised in a society that sends the message that being straight is disgusting and a sin.
Thanks to WingSpan Pictures, writer and director Kim Rocco Shields brings the intriguing thought to life in the short film “Love is All You Need?,” which follows Ashley Curtis, a baby girl born to two mothers, who discovers her opposite-sex attraction as a young girl and constantly hears from everyone -- her parents, religious leaders and school officials -- that she cannot love a boy.
Shields uses the short movie, which has already won 19 film festival awards, to tackle the harsh issues of bullying and suicide.
“All the events that took place in this film are true stories from victims of bullying,” reads the text at the end of the movie. “This film is dedicated to any child who has ever felt such darkness due to others’ hatred and misunderstanding. Always know that love is meant to be within and you should never feel wrong or alone by being who you are … Unique.”
"It has been my dream to use this film to spread a unique point of view to help stop bullying where it begins," Shields wrote in a statement on Facebook. "The more people that can see this film, the more lives we hope to impact."
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WingSpan Pictures is currently seeking financial aid for a full feature-length version of the film reportedly to star “Twilight” star Kellan Lutz.
To find out more about the film and how you can help, visit the "Love Is All You Need? The Movie" Facebook page.
Watch the thought-provoking and powerful short film below:
(h/t The Huffington Post)