Is Abortion and Suicide too much for Film Audiences? Penney Enterprises are doing it The Right Way

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The Right Way is a 73-minute feature film directed by 21-year-old filmmaker Mark Penney and produced by his twin brother Ryan Penney. It was filmed on a 10-day schedule, and had a budget of less than 10,000 Canadian dollars. The film is starring Karyn Dwyer (Better Than Chocolate, Superstar) and Sarain Boylan (Bleacher Bums, Hustle).

Penney Enterprises would like to announce the completion of their controversial feature film The Right Way. But will the sensitive subject matter turn away audiences and festival programmers?

From its foundation, The Right Way has always been very personal to its creators. The issues of abortion, suicide, domestic abuse, and substance abuse have become an everyday occurrence for a lot of the population. The World Health Organization estimates that in the year 2000 approximately 1,000,000 people died from suicide, and 1,370,000 abortions occur annually in the U.S., according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute. Despite the good test results, will programmers be willing to take a risk on a film that is so sensitive to so many people?

The Right Way is the moving yet disturbing story of Amy and David. Amy has had a rough life raised by her neglectful drug addicted single mother. David has been raised in a more conventional family, but his lack of motivation has driven his father crazy. When Amy meets David it seems they both find what they are looking for. But when Amy gets pregnant, both Amy and David go through a personal and surreal crisis in making choices which leads them to decide if they should do it the right way or the wrong way.

Penney Enterprises are currently developing Mark Penney's second feature film Utopia, and a project by legendary theatre director John Palmer (Sugar).

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