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Expecting Sunshine Book Tour New York Update

Happy Mother’s Day from Expecting Sunshine

Awards, Book Tour, Mother’s Day & Giveaways!

Calgary Book Launch Today! Plus Other Expecting Sunshine Updates

Edmonton Book Launch Party TODAY

Expecting Sunshine Memoir Pre-Order & Book Trailers

Exciting News: You can now pre-order Expecting Sunshine Memoir online!

Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After Loss, a memoir by Alexis Marie Chute

Expecting Sunshine: A Journey of Grief, Healing and Pregnancy After Loss, a memoir by Alexis Marie Chute

PRE-ORDER INFO:

The book is available on Amazon for pre-orders. Check it out now by clicking here. I’ve also heard that pre-ordered books are often shipped before the actual release date, so that’s just one more reason to order early.

I will also have a select number of books that I am selling directly from my website. You can click here to pre-order that way. Any books ordered through me will be signed by yours truly.

Once the book is officially released on April 18, 2017, it will be available for purchase through all major book stores.

 

BOOK TRAILERS:

As an author AND visual artist, I love every opportunity to combine these two worlds. Therefore, making book trailers for Expecting Sunshine was a no brainer. My wonderful friend Helen Massini did the voice overs for two of the trailers. Helen is such a pro and truly an up-and-coming actress and singer.

Helen Massini, behind the scenes in making Expecting Sunshine Book Trailers

Helen Massini, behind the scenes in making Expecting Sunshine Book Trailers

Author and artist, Alexis Marie Chute, with creative talent (and friend) Helen Massini.

The script.

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Author and artist, Alexis Marie Chute, with creative talent (and friend) Helen Massini.

 

Helen and I had a blast hanging out while our daughters where at Brownies. It was amazing to see Helen bring my words to life, and with such wonderful musicality.

Now, the footage and audio is in the talented hands of Expecting Sunshine crew member, Tom Lim. Tom never fails to surprise me with his creativity. He’s an engineer by day, and a creative force by night.

It will still be a few weeks before the trailers are ready to share, but if you want to see them first, subscribe to receive this blog feed by email. Click here to subscribe. Subscribers will also stay up to date on all happenings with Expecting Sunshine, both the film and the documentary. This includes book launches, special offers, film premiers, and much more. I look forward to connecting with you!

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well I also believe it takes a group of people to create a movement. That is the goal with Expecting Sunshine. I hope this movement will lead our culture into a better understanding of death, how to talk about it, and how to accept its reality in a healthy and positive way in our lives. I also hope that this movement will move the hearts of readers and viewers.

 

As always, thank you so much for reading – and sharing – this blog post!

Sincerely,

Alexis Marie Chute

 

Last Chance to Include your Baby’s Name in the Film

Expecting Sunshine documentary still needs contributions to bring the film to life. We are still $4,860 short of our fundraising goal. This is where we need your help.

As the film is nearing completion in the editing stage, there are a few very special opportunities to get involved and support the project.

We have four contribution levels that will be closing soon. By November 30, 2016. These contribution levels all include personal or business names in the film credits. These credits will always be a part of the documentary, which will be shown all over the world.

This is your opportunity as a parent to remember your baby that died. Or to celebrate your child born after your loss. Your son or daughter’s name, or nickname, will be publicly acknowledged and celebrated. At the end of the day, this is what brings me the most joy with this film.

This is also an opportunity for businesses and professionals to join with the film in supporting those who grieve. Expecting Sunshine Documentary strives to bring attention to taboo topics, to remove the stigma around these types of losses and celebrate children! Children with us, and those that live on in our hearts.

 

PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING BEFORE NOVEMBER 30, 2016

Click here to read about the fundraising effort and see where the money will be spent.

Click here to donate.

 

The cover image for Expecting Sunshine Documentary Film.

The cover image for Expecting Sunshine Documentary Film.

CONTRIBUTION LEVELS:

 

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“In Memory / Supporter / Rainbow Baby” Credit in THE FILM $250

A unique commemoration! We join with you in honouring your deceased child, your rainbow baby, or you as a supporter, by listing a name in the “In Memory / Supporter / Rainbow Baby” in the film credit reel. We dedicate this project to these individuals.

Please email Alexis Marie at info@alexismariechute.com with the name you want commemorated.

Feature Film Credit $1,000

Not only a name, but with this film credit you also receive a photo of your deceased child or your rainbow baby, or business logo or honorary symbol of support, in the credit reel of the film.

Associate Producer Status $5,000

To celebrate your generosity for the project, we will name you an Associate Producer in the credits with a photo, logo or symbol to mark your support.

 

Executive Producer Status $10,000

To choose this perk means you’re our hero! You will be named an Executive Producer in the credits with a photo, logo or symbol to mark your support. You will also receive two VIP invitations to the premier of the film and unlimited good vibes sent your way.

Travel not included.


 

Thank you so much for reading and supporting this project. Even simply sharing this blog post will do a world of good.

 

Sincerely,

 

Alexis Marie Chute

 

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Expecting Sunshine: June Film Update

JUNE FILM UPDATE

This time last year, I was still in the mental planning stage Expecting Sunshine Documentary. Now, in June 2016, we have captured all the interviews, creative scenes and recreations. I have talked to so many people who have lost children and gone on to have others.

Experts and parent advocates have shared their stories. We cover topics from the desire to parent again after loss, struggles in marriage, to welcoming the new baby. Healing looks different from person to person. The stories are sobering, heart-wrenching, but also encouraging and inspiring!

My film crew and I are now in a season of post-production and editing. This is where everything is being cropped, finessed and ordered. It is a huge process!

While I wish we were through the editing, we are allowing this stage to be a focused and intense time. Our topic is too precious to rush it. We hope to wrap up in a month or so. Then we will move into another transition. Distribution! We have already received confirmation from Shaw TV in Edmonton that they will screen the film. We are also submitting to film festivals and hope to locate a big network to show Expecting Sunshine. I have my fingers crossed for somewhere like W Network, the Women’s Network. This film deserves a great network with a wide reach. Cross your fingers on that.

I will continue to post here on this blog, keeping everyone updated on our progress. For now, here are some Expecting Sunshine film stills captured over the last six months.

Alexis Marie Chute creative scene in Sedona, Arizona.

Alexis Marie Chute creative scene in Sedona, Arizona.

Creative scene in Sedona, Arizona.

Creative scene in Sedona, Arizona.

Reflections of loss.

Reflections of loss.

Interviewing Dr. Alan Wolfelt.

Interviewing Dr. Alan Wolfelt.

Interview with labor and delivery nurse.

Interview with labor and delivery nurse.

Welcoming rainbow baby Luca.

Welcoming rainbow baby Luca.

Interview with Alexis Marie Chute about the early days after delivery.

Interview with Alexis Marie Chute about the early days after delivery.

Creative scene creation.

Creative scene creation.

 

Here is more information about Expecting Sunshine Documentary:

The documentary film, Expecting Sunshine, brings together the poetic prose and visual incarnations of the memoir, as experienced through the innovative, sometimes surreal, sensibilities of its creator.

The film documents an actual pregnancy of Alexis Marie Chute, as she grapples with the unique challenges of having a child after the death of child. With poignant narration from the memoir, along with new revelations and interesting interviews, the documentary casts fresh light on a private and isolating experience.

The documentary contains scenes across multiple seasons, and numerous locations – from Alberta, Canada, to Sedona, Arizona. It features real-life medical appointments, artistic manifestations, thought-provoking interviews with experts and bereaved families, and a comprehensive view from conception till the actual delivery. The film successfully avoids being a bland, sterile or sentimental expose. Instead, it is a collaborative and culturally relevant work of art.

As a filmmaker, Alexis Marie brings together her unique skillset as both a visual and literary communicator. She exposes unseen emotional and psychological challenges, curating them into an artistic presentation that will live on in the minds of viewers long after.

To be a part of this important film, please contribute to our CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN . Also, subscribe to our mailing list for updates on the film.

For broadcasting and screening inquiries, or if you are a network wishing to show the film, please contact Alexis Marie Chute directly: phone 780-499-4311, email info@alexismariechute.com

Expecting Sunshine Update: Now to Edit!

I have loved every second of filming Expecting Sunshine. It has been a wonderful learning experience, an excellent team collaboration, and a great opportunity to connect with bereaved families. Thank you to everyone who made it such a success!

Filming a creative scene with a globe. You can see the fab camera operator, Tom Lim, and Alexis Marie Chute - plus baby Luca on the bottom right!

Filming a creative scene with a globe. You can see the fab camera operator, Tom Lim, and Alexis Marie Chute – plus baby Luca on the bottom right!

We had our last filming date on April 30th. We captured recreations, creative b-roll, and family life after pregnancy loss. 

Choosing the wardrobe for the film has been fun. Only two out of four of these outfits actually made the cut. Thankfully Walmart saved the day at 8am on film-day.

Choosing the wardrobe for the film has been fun. Only two out of four of these outfits actually made the cut. Thankfully Walmart saved the day at 8am on film-day.

Now, my crew and I enter the next exciting stage of the film: post production! This is where we combine all the video and still footage we have captured over the last eight months. We will combine all the visuals with the moving scores we have recorded with live musicians. Here is where we bring the vision to life.

Distribution Updates:

  • We plan to have the film ready for a number of the major film festival deadlines. These are coming up before summer.
  • We have confirmation from Shaw TV in Edmonton that they will be airing the film. This will take place AFTER we, fingers crossed, premier the film at one or more film festivals.
  • We are still searching for a major network to show the documentary. This search will continue in earnest once editing is complete.

Thank you so much for reading! And for supporting this film. Expecting Sunshine will make a huge difference for many, many people.

Sincerely,

Alexis Marie Chute

 


HELPFUL LINKS:

To learn more about Expecting Sunshine book and film, please click here.

Get to know the film’s director and producer, Alexis Marie Chute.

Read testimonials for the documentary and memoir.

Check-out the awesome film crew for the documentary.

Read more posts on the Expecting Sunshine blog.

Visit Expecting Sunshine’s sister blog, Wanted Chosen Planned.

Learn how you can donate to support the film by clicking here.

Contribute to Expecting Sunshine documentary.