PIECE OF CAKE MOVIE

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Did you know 9 out of 10 LGBT teens have reported being bullied at school because of their sexual orientation and 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBT? Can you imagine not loving your child based on their sexuality? Coming out isn’t always a PIECE OF CAKE. We’re delighted to have co-produced the award-winning PIECE OF CAKE movie with The Riot Life to support LGBTQ youth. YouTube star of NowThisIsLiving channel Shannon Beveridge and actress and filmmaker, Ella Lentini shine in this movie that has raised over $10,000 to date to support our youth empowerment programs and LGBTQ youth.

In celebration of National Coming Out Day and over 1,000,000 trailer views on YouTube, Free2Luv and The Riot Life are excited to announce the award-winning LGBT short film, Piece of Cake is

AVAILABLE TO RENT NOW FOR A LIMITED TIME!

Click to download Piece of Cake Movie from the Riot Life.

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THIS MOVIE RENTAL INCLUDES NEVER BEFORE SEEN DELETED SCENES AND BEHIND-THE-SCENES MOMENTS FROM THE SHOOT!

Official PIECE OF CAKE Movie Trailer

PIECE OF CAKE movie has met with critic acclaim, winning several film festival awards and the feedback from fans is overwhelming and moving.

Official Selection Awards include:

  • Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival 2017
  • Portland International Film Festival 2016
  • Catalina International Film Festival 2016
  • Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival 2017

PIECE OF CAKE was written and directed by Ella Lentini who plays Alex, the free-spirited girlfriend of Jessie, a sarcastic and complicated girl. Jessie is played by Shannon Beveridge, the YouTube star from NowThisIsLiving. Opposites attract as cupid’s arrows are blind. For both girls, it was love at first sight. After a year of dating paradise, things go awry when Jessie’s parents, who are unaware that Alex is a girl, arrive in town for their anniversary. At a crossroads, Jessie must decide between revealing her sexuality to her parents or losing the love of her life.

“The LGBTQ community has finally given me the chance to feel like I belong. That is a power of honesty in stories. And building community,” says Ella Lentini.“As a storyteller, that is why I feel this immense responsibility to create stories with diverse, LGBTQ characters that are authentic. I was tired of never seeing a “girl next door” who was like me. I was tired of seeing stereotypical LGBTQ characters whose only purpose were the comedic relief or plot twist. We relate to the protagonists we see on screen. Imagine never seeing anyone else like you? No wonder so many kids think loving someone can be wrong. Or living their truth isn’t an option. We need representation in stories to connect. To navigate. And inspire.”

“We’re incredibly proud to be a part of PIECE OF CAKE and be able to share this very raw and real story with our community. It’s so important that our LGBTQ youth see stories that represent our rich diversity of experiences and share characters that are fully developed with often times complex relationships. It’s been very rewarding to be a part of this short film that has been so well received. Viewers have shared how relatable the story is. It has opened up doors for more conversations around coming out, navigating the sometimes-rough terrain of interpersonal relationships with family and friends and the process of coming into your true authentic self. Every time content like this is created, we break down more barriers and start more conversations. We have been very moved by the response to this film and thrilled that it is resonating with viewers on a deep, soul level,” says Free2Luv Founder and PIECE OF CAKE Co-Producer, Tonya Sandis.

PIECE OF CAKE stars Ella and Shannon are big supporters of the LGBT community and like Free2Luv, strongly believe we should all be free to love. They produced the PSA below in support of our movement.

Watch Shannon Beveridge’s & Ella Lentini’s PSA

“Proud to stand with Free2Luv and be a part of a film that gives back to a cause that means so much to me.” ~ Shannon Beveridge

Ella and Shannon also lent their support by standing up to bullying and rockin’ Free2Luv’s #MillionSignMission. We are on a mission to unite one million people to advocate for kindness and take a stand. Join Shannon and Ella and be one in a million with us!

Alongside the Free2LUV #MillionSignMission, we also want to invite you to share your story and feel the power of connection. Sharing is a powerful way to remind ourselves that we are not alone. The whole cast and crew believe every story matters and here at Free2LUV, we would love to share your story and continue to remind everyone that their and your story matters.

FIERCE IS THE NEW BEAUTIFUL! Free2Luv and Shannon Beveridge teamed up to film PIECE OF CAKE.

Ella, one of the stars and the director of the movie wrote a heartfelt, beautiful letter to LGBTQ youth and anyone who may be struggling with their identity to highlight that we all “Tell ourselves stories to live” and to remind us that we all have within us a story to tell, a song yet unsung.

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PIECE OF CAKE Reviews & Inspiration

Below are a selection of reviews and inspirational statements that we have received in regards to the PIECE OF CAKE movie and what this film means to the LGBT community and each individual that has watched the film. Continue to share your love, tell the Free2Luv community what the film meant to you on Facebook or Twitter. You matter, and we would love to hear from you.

~ “Just came out to my mom and I feel SO MUCH BETTER. You don’t even know how much you’ve helped me. Can’t say thank you enough!”

~ “An absolutely amazing and strong story … love it! You guys did a great job!!”

“You slayed this short film. What a powerful 16 minutes! Thank you!”

~ “Just finished watching PIECE OF CAKE. Amazing! Great job at raising awareness!”

~ “PIECE OF CAKE is one of the best short films I’ve ever seen. Thank you for this masterpiece.”

~ “Loved PIECE OF CAKE! So beautifully executed! Very, very proud.”

~ “I have no words for the masterpiece that is PIECE OF CAKE.”

~ “Can’t thank you guys enough for making content like this for those struggling!! Makes us feel like we’re not alone.”

What to read more peoples inspirational quotes and reviews? Scroll down past the never-before-seen pictures and continue to read what others are saying about the film.

Never before seen PIECE OF CAKE images

“Gotta support such a great film that I can resonate so much with.”

“I’m absolutely in love with PIECE OF CAKE. I wish there was more! Shannon and Ella, thank you for the difference you both are making!!”

“Absolutely loved PIECE OF CAKE LGBT film. It was beautiful! Congrats and thank you, Ella and Shannon. Love you both! #LoveIsLove”

“Ella, this is such a beautiful short film. Thank you for putting your time and heart into creating something that so many will be able to relate to.”

“This film is amazing, It does a great job at depicting the challenges that people often face.”

“I don’t know if you know this but you probably just saved someone’s life. Thank you for being you. You are truly inspiring.”

“I was so emotionally taken by your work in PIECE OF CAKE, Ella. Thank you for creating such an amazing piece of art.”

PIECE OF CAKE MOVIE

2018-10-24T03:29:43+00:00

WE TELL OURSELVES STORIES TO LIVE

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live…” I remember reading that recently in The White Album by Joan Didion. Immediately my head went into a spiral. I’ve always proudly lived by the idea that stories are how we live. How we understand each other, and ourselves. Suddenly it was like the world had shifted its axis. Everything turned upside down. Yes, we tell ourselves stories to live – the kind of stories that make people want to love harder and be heroes – but we also tell ourselves lies {lies told so well, they can become stories} in order to live. Lies in order to be loved. Lies in order to feel accepted. Lies to feel like we belong.

This is probably one of the hardest stories I’ve had to write. In fact, it’s not even really a story. It’s more of a letter. I’ve grown accustomed to hiding behind characters and plot lines to speak my own truth, avoiding sharing first hand what I’m actually feeling.

Before I was comfortable in my own identity, I did A LOT of pretending. I told myself this narrative that being bisexual wasn’t real or was “wrong” and I told it to myself so well that I believed it. What I didn’t realize was how damaging pretending was. How this toxic story I was telling myself was dictating my life to the point where I realized one day the life I was living didn’t feel like mine. That is why I choose to label myself; although there are times I wish we could live in a label-less world, society isn’t there yet. I noticed the more I spoke out about my experiences, the more other people spoke out too. The more I identified as bisexual, the more other friends felt comfortable to share they too were. Or even felt safe to explore their sexuality. That is the power of honesty in stories. And building community. The LGBTQ community has finally given me the chance to feel like I belong.

As a storyteller, that is why I feel this immense responsibility to create stories with diverse, LGBTQ characters that are authentic. I was tired of never seeing a “girl next door” who was like me. I was tired of seeing stereotypical LGBTQ characters whose only purpose were the comedic relief or plot twist. We relate to the protagonists we see on screen. Imagine never seeing anyone else like you? No wonder so many kids think loving someone can be wrong. Or living their truth isn’t an option. We need representation in stories to connect. To navigate. And inspire.

My love for the arts & storytelling led me to discover Free2Luv. I started working with them as an advocate when I was directing my first short film. I wanted to work with Free2Luv to reach younger kids, who may be struggling with their identity. Or feel like there’s no place for them in the world. There is power to giving someone the tools to create and share their story. I appreciate so much how the outreach program within Free2Luv empowers youth through the arts.

This letter is mainly for anyone out there who wakes up every day thinking they will never come out. I was you. I know how painful that feeling is and how the “it gets better” seems so far away. Sometimes too far away. But it really does. This is for anyone who feels alone. You are not. There are amazing organizations like Free2Luv out there, ready to provide support and resources. Remember, you have the right to be happy. To live your life to the fullest, authentically. And to tell YOUR story. Happy Pride month!

We invite you to join Ella and help us support LGBTQ youth. Together we can change lives.

Contributed by Free2Luv Advocate, filmmaker and activist, Ella Lentini @ella_lentini

WE TELL OURSELVES STORIES TO LIVE 2018-10-11T16:06:25+00:00

PRIDE: Living My Best Life Without Fear

To me, pride means I MUST live my BEST life without FEAR of ANYTHING. It means I must conquer anything in my inner space that is keeping me from becoming my best self so I can ignore and outperform the haters every single time. It means early mornings and meditation when my eyes are heavy and an extra effort into my appearance, not for vanity’s sake but for pride of self. It means not only not stopping when I’m tired but pushing through that much harder. Because one day??? I WILL be able to have the huge impact I dream of because I’m putting in the work TODAY. PRIDE to me means being a great role model (even though I might swear in proper company), and making sure that NO ONE feels inferior. It means acknowledging that we ALL suffer in life and to never paint someone a villain for the sake of their actions.  Listen, louder than I speak.

Pride acknowledges a true love of self and the human soul. To have pride is to recognize that no one is superior nor inferior, we are simply here to love and live with our own individual journeys. It is to have the roar of a lion to defend those whose voice is not quite loud enough to be heard, and, to have the warm heart of a Golden Retriever to have empathy towards even the toughest of adversaries. There is so much to do and so much more I need to accomplish and better myself with and I know this…but I REFUSE to quit until I get there. I REFUSE to slow down until I know I can say I’ve done my best.  This is absolutely going to happen in our lifetime. THANK YOU SO MUCH FREE2LUV FOR ALL THAT YOU ARE DOING!!!!! #cantstopwontstop

We invite you to join Free2Luv Advocate, Avi and help us support LGBTQ youth. Together we can change lives.

Contributed by composer/instrumentalist Avi Garvin @altruistmusicus

PRIDE: Living My Best Life Without Fear 2018-07-17T02:30:44+00:00

5 Ways to Become an Ally for LGBTQ Youth

Now more than ever, it is critical that we support and ally for LGBTQ youth. Imagine feeling confused, isolated and not accepted for who you are and who you know you are supposed to be.

It’s already hard enough discovering who you are as a human being.

Here are some ways you can support LGBTQ youth along their journey:

  1. Listen to LGBTQ Youth.

Members of the LGBTQ community and youth especially are often not given the respect they deserve when it comes to being able to have their voices heard. This has to change. Be willing to listen to LGBTQ youth and pay close attention to what they are telling you, whether it is in person, or second hand via social media or the news. They know what they want, what their needs are, and how they are feeling more than anyone. Listen with compassion.

  1. Be a role model for kindness and inclusion.

It is essential that we model kindness and inclusion in our everyday life. Go out of your way to be kind to people and always see the worth and dignity in every person. Strive for justice, equity and compassion in human relations. Don’t get me wrong – it is not always an easy task – but something that we all need to work on because the world could always use more kindness.

  1. Show young people that they can be authentic around you.

Being a young person in today’s society is hard enough, add in the fact that you are “different,’ and it suddenly can become even harder than it already is; this is the case for our LGBTQ youth. They often feel that they have to act like something they are not around others because of the fear that they will not be accepted for who they are. Can you imagine the feeling of constantly wondering if it is okay to be yourself around another person or if you have to be someone else? In 2018 it is sad that LGBTQ youth still have to ask themselves this question almost every single day and as an adult and an ally, it is our job to make sure that they know they can always be themselves around us.

  1. Take action & advocate for the LGBTQ youth.

Work with LGBTQ youth to make their lives better. Help them write letters to senators, plan and lead youth-focused events and be the rock they need. Our job as adults is to give them the tools, resources, and support they need to have their voices heard. Today’s youth are fully capable of advocating for themselves when given the chance to do so. They may need assistance along the way and we need to be willing to do the work alongside them and not just do the job for them.

  1. Stay informed and get involved.

Take it upon yourself to educate yourself about the greater LGBTQ community, attend LGBTQ events and be present in times of need. Thank you for taking the first steps to becoming an ally for LGBTQ youth. The more people on the side of love and justice the better.

My hope is if we join together in support, one day we will be able to say that we live in a nation and hopefully a world where we are all treated with the love, dignity, and respect we deserve. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, “Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.” So let us all work together hand in hand and make it so.

We invited you to join us and support our LGBTQ youth empowerment initiatives. Together we can change lives.

Contributed by Free2Luv Advocate and LGBTQ Activist, Roddy Biggs @roddybiggs.official

5 Ways to Become an Ally for LGBTQ Youth 2018-06-20T19:07:40+00:00

Feel “Alive” With This Moving LGBTQ Music Video

Altruist Now explores the dangers of conversion therapy for LGTBQ youth.

Need a little inspiration? Danielle Palmer, Avi Garvin, and Delilah Kujala, the creators of Altruist Now, are here to deliver. With their debut project “Alive,” Altruist Now takes you on an intimate journey of a family tackling the physical and emotional dangers of conversion therapy on LGBTQ youth. This music video has received more than 200,000 views across social media and Free2Luv is proud to be holding hands with Altruist Now to support LGBTQ youth.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights defines conversion therapy, also known as reparative therapy, as a practice that attempts to change or reduce same-sex attraction or alter someone’s gender identity. Conversion therapy doesn’t work, and every mainstream health organization rejects it. Not only is there no scientific proof, but it is also harmful. According to the Human Rights Campaign, conversion therapy may lead to depression, anxiety, drug use, homelessness, and suicide. Minors are especially vulnerable to this anti-LGBTQ practice.

We know how important it is for youth struggling with their identity to feel loved and supported. We have the opportunity to strengthen their self-love by providing unconditional love and acceptance. Research shows that family support can improve self-esteem, social support, and general health. It is also shown to reduce depression, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors among LGBTQ youth.

Watch and listen to Danielle Palmer, Delilah Kujala, Avi Garvin, and Hannah K. Watson in Alive.

As a bonus, the proceeds from this powerful video will benefit Free2Luv’s empowerment initiatives, including our LBGTQ youth outreach. We believe that everyone is perfect the way they are, and everyone’s uniqueness should be accepted without judgment. By partnering with Altruist Now, we want to create a kinder, braver, and more loving world where every voice matters.

Share with family, friends, and your communities to spread awareness. Join the Free2Luv movement and use your voice to uplift and inspire.

You can find Altruist Now across social media @AltruistMusicUS.

Feel “Alive” With This Moving LGBTQ Music Video 2018-03-05T23:42:40+00:00

‘PIECE OF CAKE’ HITS THE FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUIT

Super excited for the world premiere of LGBT short film, PIECE OF CAKE at Portland Film Festival! So proud to have co-produced this film with The Riot Life starring Shannon Beveridge, YouTube star from nowthisisliving and actress and Free2Luv Advocate, Ella Lentini. This labor of LUV is a coming out story demonstrating the power of love and connection and the importance of embracing every human for who they are.

AVAILABLE TO RENT NOW FOR A LIMITED TIME!

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THIS RENTAL INCLUDES NEVER BEFORE SEEN DELETED SCENES AND BEHIND-THE-SCENES MOMENTS FROM THE SHOOT! 

Every rental of PIECE OF CAKE supports our empowerment initiatives and LGBTQ outreach to help create a kinder, braver, more loving world for ALL youth and is greatly appreciated.

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‘PIECE OF CAKE’ HITS THE FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUIT 2018-10-11T17:43:53+00:00

‘PIECE OF CAKE’ LGBT SHORT FILM BEGINS FILMING

Did you know that 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBT? Can you imagine not loving your child based on their sexuality? Coming out isn’t always a PIECE OF CAKE. We’re proud to be co-producing this short film with Riot Life and the amazing and talented Ella Lentini and honored a portion of the fundraising benefits our youth empowerment programs and LGBTQ youth.

We’re on set with Ella (creator, director and co-star) and her co-star nowthisisliving YouTuber Shannon Beveridge! 

Lights, camera, action and day 1 of filming begins! Enjoy this behind-the-scenes sneak peek!

In celebration of National Coming Out Day and over 1,000,000 trailer views on YouTube, Free2Luv and The Riot Life are excited to announce the award-winning LGBT short film, Piece of Cake is now available to rent for a limited time!

YouTube star of NowThisIsLiving channel Shannon Beveridge and actress & filmmaker, Ella Lentini shine in this coming out story demonstrating the power of love and connection and the importance of embracing every human for who they are. We thank you all for your support of our movement and this short film that is making a big impact!

AVAILABLE TO RENT NOW FOR A LIMITED TIME!

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THIS RENTAL INCLUDES NEVER BEFORE SEEN DELETED SCENES AND BEHIND-THE-SCENES MOMENTS FROM THE SHOOT! 

‘PIECE OF CAKE’ LGBT SHORT FILM BEGINS FILMING 2018-10-13T00:18:44+00:00

Piece of Cake LGBT Short Film Co-Produced by Free2Luv

Did you know that 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBT? Can you imagine not loving your child based on their sexuality? Coming out isn’t always a PIECE OF CAKE. We’re delighted to be working on this short film with Free2Luv Advocate Ella Lentini and The Riot Life in support of LGBTQ youth. We’re proud to have Shannon Beveridge, YouTube star of NowThisIsLiving channel, join the cast as the lead opposite Ella. A portion of the fundraising benefits our youth empowerment programs and LGBTQ youth. We look forward to sharing this journey with each of you!

BREAKING NEWS …

PIECE OF CAKE IS AVAILABLE TO RENT NOW FOR A LIMITED TIME!

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THIS RENTAL INCLUDES NEVER BEFORE SEEN DELETED SCENES AND BEHIND-THE-SCENES MOMENTS FROM THE SHOOT! 

We thank you all for your support of our movement and this short film that is making a big impact!

Piece of Cake LGBT Short Film Co-Produced by Free2Luv 2018-10-11T19:15:14+00:00