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Amount raised $226,914.62

GOAL $2,000,000
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Your donations to produce Made With Love (the movie) will be handled through Share the Love Media, Inc., a non-profit corporation set up under the laws of the State of Georgia. The 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status is pending and at the discretion of the IRS.

Our goal is to make this award-winning screenplay into the first crowdfunded film to star an actor with Down syndrome.

The Story

Burt Morrow is a jaded old teacher who has been looking forward to retirement for years. No more ungrateful students. No more apathetic colleagues. No more struggling to reignite the passion to shape young minds. Now, the days are his and his alone, and he’s going to use them to focus on a new passion: opening a café. But when Jay, a young neighbor with Down syndrome, insists on helping out, the two form a friendship that compels Burt not only to change the way he sees the world, but to reexamine his role in it.

“We need more movies like Made With Love in this world! It is SO important for all of the Ruby’s of the world to see themselves on the big screen! It allows us to all keep dreaming BIG and raising expectations for all the possibilities!!” ~ Liz Plachta – Co-Founder, Executive Director & Proud mama to Ruby – rubysrainbow.org

Your donation will change lives!

Individuals with Down syndrome have more than enough helpings of love to go around. Our hope is that this film will not only give people a taste of that love, it’ll keep them coming back for more.

  • Raise the level of acceptance and appreciation for individuals with Down syndrome. Somewhere around 75% of Down syndrome pregnancies are terminated. That’s staggering. And it’s mostly due to a lack of knowledge from people who haven’t experienced what someone with Down syndrome is actually like. How much they can do, how much they can give, and how much they can love. 
  • Give the world something it could use more of right now: Positivity. Only 15% of adults in the U.S. claim to be happy with their lives. Compare that to the 99% of individuals with Down syndrome who say they are. Now imagine the impact that 99% can have on everyone they come in contact with both in person and on screen.
  • Raise the level of representation in movies of those with Down syndrome. One in 691 babies in the U.S. are born with Down syndrome. That’s a lot of love! Surely, they deserve to see themselves on screen, too. 

“Jay is a superstar and I love the heart that David has put into the script. I can’t wait to see the story brought to the screen!” ~ Chris Dowling – Writer/Director of Where Hope Grows

Comparable Films

Our goal is to produce a Hollywood quality feature film that would reach a large audience worldwide. Your donation will help us realize our ultimate goal of raising $2 million to shoot the film. The movies below are examples of the type of quality and story we are going for – The Peanut Butter Falcon, UP and Where Hope Grows.

“To say that David’s script works is an understatement. It’s a crowning achievement! He has won dozens of screenplay awards and film festivals already. Now THAT’s impressive!! After 40 years of casting feature films & television you could say that I have read a lot of scripts. David’s script stands toe-to-toe with anything out there. But the difference with David’s script is heart. A script that makes you laugh, cry, learn, think and grow is rare. MADE WITH LOVE does all of these and more. I personally plan on supporting David and his team throughout this process because I believe in him, his script, and of course, Jay and the Down syndrome community.” ~ Mark Fincannon – Casting Director and Executive Producer on Made With Love

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Made With Love garners 40+ awards worldwide!

The awards keep coming! Judges from all over the world agree that Made With Love is a film worthy of your support! Join our award winning project and help us share the love!

“Made with Love… is exactly how this film will be made… and it will also spread love… how many shows do that nowadays? This film will lift your soul & fill your heart… and make you think about your life and the choices we all make.” ~ Kirk B.R. Woller – Actor – Gaius on The Chosen & Acting Mentor – TheWOLLERtechnique.com

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Who’s making this film?

David & Jackson Hughens are an unstoppable father and son filmmaking duo. With David’s impressive background as an award-winning feature film writer/director, who overcame numerous challenges to make his debut film ELVIS’ GRAVE at a young age, and his extensive experience in sales and marketing, he is perfect to guide this film project to victory. Meanwhile, Jackson has proven himself as a talented and creative force to be reckoned with, starting out as a popular YouTube personality with a viral video that has amassed over 15 million views, and continuing to refine his skills through work at Warner Media and as an assistant editor on feature films. Together, they are a formidable team that is poised to bring their unique vision and dedication to the big screen.

Who’s starring in this film?

Jay Carr is a multi-talented artist and actor who is primed and ready for his first starring role in a major motion picture. Jay was adopted by the Carr family and began to learn how to be a Diva in order to keep up with his new sisters. He will tell you that he is always ready to go full Diva mode at the snap of a finger. Jay loves to color and is one of the most prolific Sharpie artists you’ve ever seen. He is also a member of an award winning cheer squad, a part-time hair stylist and owns his own feet rubbing business.

The Story Behind The Story

David and Jackson first met Jay after David’s family friend Dawn Carr adopted him about nine years ago. It was love at first sight. Jay, David and Jackson would spend hours coloring together and developed a strong friendship. Jay kept telling David and Jackson he wanted to be a movie star and they should make a movie about him. David finally had an idea for a story and began writing with the encouragement of fellow writer/director Chris Dowling who wrote and directed Where Hope Grows. The finished script has gone on to win numerous awards at film festivals around the world. Now we need your help to raise the budget to shoot the movie and make Jay’s dream come true!

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“David Hughens has spent time immersing himself in the Down syndrome community to understand their personalities, strengths and desires. Made With Love encapsulates these qualities through an authentic, heartfelt script and the actors with Down syndrome who will reveal their fantastic human qualities. Made With Love NEEDS to be made to encourage us to validate, appreciate and integrate the gifts people with Down syndrome bring to the world. And to bring attention to the high termination rate of Down syndrome pregnancies. Like the Down syndrome community, Made With Love, will bring us all UP in love!” ~ Dawn Long – Actress – Lifemark

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Why Should This Film Be Made?

With recent advancements in clinical treatment as many as 80% of adults with Down syndrome reach age 60, and many live even longer. More and more Americans are interacting with individuals with Down syndrome, increasing the need for widespread public education and acceptance.

 However, the termination rates for pregnancies diagnosed with Down syndrome averages around a staggering 75% in the US. It is the hope that Made with Love can show the positive impact individuals with Down syndrome can have on society. Not only with their contributions in the workplace, but the example of pure love they spread everywhere they go. And wouldn’t you agree that the world needs more LOVE?

“This is a heartwarming story that is sweet as candy. The two main characters’ journey is sure to capture the audience’s hearts. It’s exciting and refreshing to see a script with such a positive outlook on a situation like this. It will have broad family appeal and entice a wide range of viewership.”
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