Reign Edwards (Amazon Original ‘The Wilds’) and Charlie Gillespie (Netflix’s ‘Julie and the Phantoms’) Star in Coming-of-Age Drama Set for North American VOD Platform Digital Debut on June 28, 2022
Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group, has acquired North American VOD rights to the coming-of-age drama LOVE YOU ANYWAY. LOVE YOU ANYWAY will be available to rent and own on U.S. digital HD internet, and satellite platforms on June 28, 2022 through Freestyle Digital Media.
Through the evolving formats of home video, LOVE YOU ANYWAY chronicles the life of a young girl from birth to womanhood as she experiences life’s best and worst moments alongside her childhood best friend, Lucas. As Mackenzie’s struggle with depression worsens over the years, she’s forced to find the will to fight alongside the people who love her most. LOVE YOU ANYWAY is an honest, voyeuristic glimpse into the intimate struggles of surviving depression and embracing life’s challenges.
Written and directed by newcomer Anna Matz, LOVE YOU ANYWAY was produced by Emilio Mazariegos and financed by Wayfarer. The cast of LOVE YOU ANYWAY features Reign Edwards (‘Mackenzie’), Charlie Gillespie (‘Lucas’), Gillian White (‘Alyssa’), and Akira Akbar (‘Young Mackenzie’).
LOVE YOU ANYWAY was a winner from Wayfarer’s “Six Feet Apart Experiment” film competition which challenged five filmmakers and storytellers by pushing them to step outside the box, look past social isolation and use the circumstances of the pandemic to fuel their creativity. Matz was tasked with making this film in the essence of Wayfarer which is to focus on creating radically sincere content that celebrates and elevates the human spirit.
“With this story, my main concern was always remaining authentic to the experiences of young people growing up, falling in love, and learning to live with the challenges they face,” said filmmaker Anna Matz. “In Mackenzie’s journey specifically, I wanted to create a means of understanding mental health in a way not often seen on the screen. I hope that this story can show mentally healthy people the complexity of depression as well as showing those with depression that there is a future for them in this world.”
Freestyle Digital Media negotiated the deal to acquire LOVE YOU ANYWAY directly with producer Emilio Mazariegos.
About Freestyle Digital Media
The digital distribution unit of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group, Freestyle Digital Media, is a premiere multi-platform distributor with direct partnerships across all major cable, digital and streaming platforms. Capitalizing on a robust infrastructure, proven track record and a veteran sales team, Freestyle Digital Media is a true home for independent films. Recent releases include BEST SUMMER EVER the teen musical featuring a fully integrated cast and crew of people with and without disabilities, produced by Jamie Lee Curtis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson, THE WEDDING YEAR starring Sarah Hyland and Anna Camp, THE LAST PHOTOGRAPH starring Danny Houston, BERSERK starring Nick Cannon, UNTOGETHER starring Jamie Doran, Jemima Kirke, Ben Mendelsohn, Alice Eve and Billy Crystal. Other Freestyle titles include the action-comedy BETTER START RUNNING starring Academy Award-winner Jeremy Irons and Maria Bello, THE BACHELORS starring Academy Award-winner J.K. Simmons, Julie Delpy and Odeya Rush, the award-winning documentary HONDROS produced by Jamie Lee Curtis and Jake Gyllenhaal, horror documentary DEMON HOUSE starring Zak Bagans, host of Travel Channel’s highest rated show Ghost Adventures, sci-fi thriller THE RECALL starring Wesley Snipes, MILES starring Molly Shannon and Paul Reiser and the animated feature HELL & BACK starring Nick Swardson, Mila Kunis and Bob Odenkirk.
Wayfarer is an independent production company that is actively developing, producing, and fully financing a slate of highly original, genre-defining, and globally impactful feature films, episodic television, documentaries, unscripted series, and podcasts. Co-founded by Justin Baldoni and Steve Sarowitz, their work highlights the power of connection; debunking the typical studio model by championing inspirational stories which unite as true agents for social change. In 2020, Wayfarer released the critically acclaimed feature film CLOUDS, the first feature length movie launched on Disney+, directed by Baldoni. Upcoming projects in development include THE SENIOR and EMPIRE WAIST. In 2021, Wayfarer entered a first-look multi-faceted partnership with Procter & Gamble spanning across film, TV, and new media, with the first project being the highly successful, The Man Enough Podcast.