ATLANTA – April 14, 2015 – Building on the success of last year’s UP original film Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, the original UP Premiere Movie Love Finds You In Charm (#LoveFindsYou) is a romantic drama about a beautiful, young Amish woman – seemingly with it all – who jumps at the chance to spend autumn in scenic Charm, Ohio with relatives and finds herself pulled between two worlds and two men. The movie stars Trevor Donovan (Texas Rising, “90210”), Danielle Chuchran (Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, UP’s Nowhere Safe), Drew Fuller (“Army Wives,” “Charmed”), Tiffany Dupont (“Greek,” “The Bedford Diaries”). Love Finds You In Charm exclusively premieres on Sunday, June 7 at 7 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. PDT. This romance is the second in UP’s “Love Finds You” movie franchise.
Filmed in Charm and Sugarcreek, Ohio, the heart of Amish country, the movie was directed Terry Cunningham (UP’sLove Finds You In Sugarcreek, Jack Hunter and the Lost Treasure of Ugarit), and produced by George Shamieh and Mission Pictures in association with Guideposts. Based on the popular novel by best-selling author Annalisa Daughety(“Walk in the Park” series, Wedding to Remember), the adapted screenplay was written by Bryar Freed-Golden (UP’s April 12th film The Music In Me, Paper Angels and Love Finds You In Sugarcreek). The ensemble cast also includes Kaitlyn Sapp (UP’s Love Finds You In Sugarcreek), Dawn Lafferty (Reversal, Timequest), Kellen Boyle (Beautiful Sin,Chasing Death), Rohn Thomas (The Ides of March, The Mothman Prophecies) and newcomers Meg Wittman, Belle Fockler and Nick Petrus. Features the original song, “Be Here,” performed by singer-songwriter Katie Herzig (whose music is frequently featured on “Grey’s Anatomy”) and written by Herzig, Seth Jones & Catt Gravitt.
Young Emma Miller (Danielle Chuchran) would appear to be lucky. This beautiful Amish girl has a loving family and the community’s most eligible young man, Jacob (Kellen Boyle), wants to marry her. But she has more on her mind than buggies, bonnets and making her special goat cheese – Emma is secretly obsessed with Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice and restlessly longs for adventure and travel. When given the opportunity to spend the season helping her widowed cousin Lydia (Meg Wittman) in scenic Charm, Ohio, Emma jumps at the chance. There she meets anEnglischer, librarian Kelly Bennett (Tiffany Dupont), who has come to town to escape her chaotic life. Despite their differences, the two become fast friends. Settling into her cousin’s farm, Emma finds Noah (Trevor Donovan) – a striking, well-read, young Amish man who helps work the farm – intriguing, yet vexing. So when Emma’s cheese attracts the attention of a local bed-and-breakfast and a handsome wine-and-cheese blog editor, Andy (Drew Fuller), she finds herself pulled between two worlds and two men. Emma must decide whether to stay amongst the Amish, or leave behind everyone and everything she’s ever known to venture out into the world.
“Following up on the tremendous success of last year’s Love Finds You In Sugarcreek on UP, Love Finds You in Charm is a spectacularly shot romantic drama, filled with strong values as expressed through Amish traditions and faith,” said Barbara Fisher, senior vice president of programming, UP. “Actress Danielle Chuchran radiantly expresses Emma’s restless journey, and she has real chemistry on screen with romantic leads Trevor Donovan and Drew Fuller, who represent the two paths from which Emma has to choose.”
Author Annalisa Daughety (www.annalisadaughety.com) writes contemporary fiction set in historic locations. After graduating from Freed-Hardeman University, she spent time working as a park ranger for the National Park Service. This experience led her to write the Walk in the Park series – each book in the series is set in a different national park. Annalisa has written several Love Finds You™ novels, including Love Finds You in Charm, Ohio, Love Finds You inLancaster County, Pennsylvania and Love Finds You at Home for Christmas. After 37 years of singlehood, she finally found her happily ever after in 2013. She and her husband live in rural Arkansas and are learning the art of chicken and goat farming.
The “Love Finds You™” book series was launched in October 2008 by Guideposts imprint Summerside Press with the goal to give readers a taste of local life across America. Each of the almost 60 novels to date – by revolving authors, including Daughety – draws on the compelling history or unique character of a real place, such as Charm, Ohio. Learn more atwww.ShopGuideposts.org/love-finds-you.
The first movie in UP’s “Love Finds You” franchise was the hit Love Finds You In Sugarcreek, a romantic mystery/suspense drama set in Amish country, starring Tom Everett Scott (That Thing You Do!, “Southland”), Sarah Lancaster (“Chuck,” “Everwood”) and Golden Globe®– and BAFTA-nominated actress Kelly McGillis (Witness, Top Gun). Filmed in Sugarcreek, Ohio, Love Finds You In Sugarcreek debuted exclusively on UP on June 1, 2014.
UP presents Love Finds You in Charm, a George Shamieh and Mission Pictures production in association with Guideposts. Starring Trevor Donovan, Danielle Chuchran, Drew Fuller, Tiffany Dupont, Kaitlyn Sapp, Dawn Lafferty, Kellen Boyle, Rohn Thomas, Meg Wittman, Belle Fockler and Nick Petrus. Directed by Terry Cunningham. Produced by George Shamieh – Mission Pictures. Executive produced by Chevonne O’Shaughnessy and Cindy Bond. Co-produced by Terry Cunningham. Casting by Lillian Pyles. Director of Photography is Adam N. White. Editor is Brett Hedlund. Adapted screenplay by Bryar Freed-Golden, based on the book by Annalisa Daughety.
Follow the cast and talent from the film at:
· Trevor Donovan on Twitter @TrevDon
· Danielle Chuchran on Twitter @DaniChuchran1
· Drew Fuller on Twitter @drewfuller
· Tiffany Dupont on Twitter @TrevDon
· Meg Wittman on Twitter @MegMWittman
· Kellen Boyle on Twitter @KellenBoyle
· Katie Herzig on Twitter @KatieHerzig
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