About The Film
From groundbreaking short to feature length film, Love Is All You Need? has captivated audiences’ minds and engendered controversy since 2011. Now, you have the chance to see Kim Rocco Shields’ full vision of a world where society punishes men and women for simply falling in love.
A straight love story in a gay world.
Love Is All You Need? a is football love story set in a world where the social norm is reversed: homosexuality is mainstream and heterosexuality is taboo. Although the norms are reversed, this film is inspired by true events. The story unfolds in a small Indiana town that is rocked to its core when Jude, (Briana Evigan) the star quarterback of the local university strikes up a forbidden love affair with a Ryan, (Tyler Blackburn) a sports journalism major.
When the couple is outed by Jude’s girlfriend (Emily Osment) the community’s powerful religious leader (Elisabeth Röhm) begins a vitriolic crusade from the pulpit against all heterosexuals setting off a series of catastrophic events in the lives of an 11 year old girl (Kyla Kennedy), experiencing her first crush on a boy and a teacher (Jeremy Sisto) who tries to teach his students about tolerance.
The feature film is based on the 19 minute short film of the same name, which organically garnered over 50 million views and was self-translated by fans into more than a dozen languages, deeply touching and affecting people around the world.
The Original Short
The Film's Characters
JUDE KLEIN & RYAN MORRIS
Jude, the all star quarterback of Western Indiana University women’s football team, is adored by her teammates and loved by all her fans. Her girlfriend Kelly is running for Homecoming Queen, and wishes she could keep Jude glued to her arm at all times to help garner votes.
Jude seems to have it all, but during a confessional we learn life isn’t always as it seems. Jude feels empty even though she is adored by so many. She can’t put her finger on it until she meets Ryan, an aspiring sports journalist, and suddenly everything in her world changes. Though Jude tries to pray away her heterosexuality, she finds herself falling more and more in love with Ryan.
Emily is a sweet, but socially awkward 11-year-old girl with the perfect All-American family - two moms and a younger brother. When Emily becomes friends with a boy named Ian and takes interest in the play Romeo and Juliet, her life turns upside down as she becomes a target for cruel harassment by her classmates who begin to suspect she is a “hetero.”
Mr. Thompson is the thoughtful drama teacher who - in the wake of the tragedy of Ryan and Jude - decides to use art as a teaching opportunity for his students. He rewrites the famous Shakespeare play, Romeo and Julio in the way Shakespeare originally intended it: Romeo and Juliet. This sets off a firestorm of controversy.
Rachel is a cherished minister at the local church, and is the principal leader of the anti-heterosexual movement in her community. Her sermons are filled with the hateful message that women and men who lie together outside of the Breeding Season are sinners who will burn in hell.
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