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. Shannon Beveridge, the YouTube star of NowThisIsLiving, and Ella Lentini, an actress and filmmaker, 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!
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THIS MOVIE RENTAL INCLUDES NEVER BEFORE SEEN DELETED SCENES AND BEHIND-THE-SCENES MOMENTS FROM THE SHOOT!
PIECE OF CAKE has met with critic acclaim, winning several film festival awards, and the feedback from fans is overwhelming and moving.
Official Selection Awards include:
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.
“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
“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 who 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.
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.
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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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.”