West Palm Beach, Fla.
Nominated for best feature film and listed in Beach Magazine as a top 10 must-see film, The Wedding Invitation will premiere at the Palm Beach International Film Festival in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 9 and 12, 2016, before heading to the Manhattan Film Festival on April 23. Like the sleeper hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding, which also had its premiere at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, the all female crewed The Wedding Invitation, centers on a big-event wedding and includes a sexy love interest: keep an eye out for Eoin Macken (Graham), who makes waves on NBC’s The Night Shift and stars in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (coming in 2017). Rainy Kerwin (Lucy), who wrote, directed, and stars in The Wedding Invitation, shares a hometown with Nia Vardalos, writer and lead of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Kerwin and Vardalos both hail from snowy Winnipeg, Canada.
While Vardalos was encouraged by Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks to turn her one-woman play into the critically acclaimed film, Rainy Kerwin raised the first seeds of the budget on Indiegogo before attracting investors for complete funding, then gaining enough traction to shoot and produce the film, which also stars Camille Guaty (known for her role in the CBS series “Scorpion”).
Vardalos was initially offered money to step down from her role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but ultimately Wilson and Hanks recognized that her film’s strength comes from the integrity of her own life and experience. Keeping her as lead contributed to the film’s success. Kerwin experienced similar setbacks in her own career as she encountered executives who showed no interest in women-driven films. Like actors who created their own success in projects such as Rocky, Swingers and Good Will Hunting, and inspired in part by Vardalos’ story, Kerwin was determined to create her own roles. An actress who had spent the past eight years as an acting teacher and coach, Kerwin established the production company It’s Raining Films, wrote film scripts including The Wedding Invitation, and partnered with Page 1 of 2 ￼￼fellow producers Narmar Hanna and Sage Scrope.
Undeterred by the lack of opportunities for women in filmmaking, they resolved to make TWI using an all-female crew. “I wrote The Wedding Invitation with the goal of creating great comedic roles for women,” said Kerwin. “But roles aside, the movie is a story of self-empowerment and I want that to extend to all women in the film industry. We made this film with a crew of women who were dedicated to the story and to the project, and we’re donating 5% of our profits to ten women’s organizations.”
Miami natives Narmar Hanna (producer) and Chris Triana (“Hugo”) will attend the premiere along with Alex Sanborn (“Chris”), Alicia Robbins (cinematographer) and Rainy Kerwin. The film was produced by It’s Raining Films, and TWI is the first of a three-picture slate the company will produce.
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