Independent Feature Film "Grazia" -- A Suspenseful True Love Story

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The primary setting for this independent film is modern day St. Augustine, Florida. This is a true love story about a divorced business consultant who lost his wife, children, and the true love of his life who returned to Italy out of guilt because of her part in the breakup of his family. The movie is based on the novel "Grace" by Wendell Vanderbilt Fountain which was published by AuthorHouse in 2002.

Dr. Wendell Vanderbilt Fountain of Fountain & Associates Business Consultants and Shannon (Shan) Wafford of Snow Productions located in San Diego, California have formed Fountain-Wafford Productions, a collaborative effort to bring to life an independent, high-quality, low-budget, feature film called "Grazia" which is based on the novel Grace by Fountain. The film will be produced by Fountain, and Wafford will be acting in the leading male role and serving as the film's director. Wafford and Fountain collaborated on the Screenplay.

The primary location for the book and movie, St. Augustine, Florida, came from Fountain, a native Floridian, who lived in north Florida most of his life and often visited the quaint, picturesgue, oldest city in the country (some 450 years old). Fountain fell in love with St. Augustine back in the early 1960s, and when it came time for him to write a heartfelt, suspenseful true love story, there was only one place he had in mind -- beautiful St. Augustine.

Fountain and Wafford believe that, since Hollywood has virtually ignored this type of film in the modern era, it's time for a substantive movie about true love, human condition, and real-life experience to be brought to the screen. Though it is not a movie consisting of numerous high-tech special effects, it is a film about passion and the power of true love. Given the opportunity, Grazia will rank among such superlative films as Casablanca (1942), An Affair to Remember ((1957), Love Story (1970), The Way We Were (1973), and Ghost (1990) and other such films filled with passion and love. Demographically, it is believed that mature audiences of all ages will be attracted to the movie, and those over 25 will be drawn to it.

Many of the famous and popular places of the city will be featured in the film -- as they were in the book. According to Fountain, though those who perform in the movie have an excellent opportunity to showcase their acting abilities, and become stars in their own right, he still sees St. Augustine and the story itself as "stars" of the movie. That's one of the reasons he and Wafford intentionally attracted virtually unknowns to the project. The intent is to bring realism to the story by using as many citizens as possible from north Florida and St. Augustine as actors and extras. According to Shan Wafford, "I can direct anybody."

The trailer for Grazia was shot in St. Augustine and surrounding areas between July 8th and July 13th of 2009. The film is scheduled for release in January 2010. The final cut of the movie trailer can be viewed online at the films's Web site and on YouTube beginning August 1, 2009. The producer, Wendell Fountain, can be contacted at 702-535-4985 and he may be reached though the Web site at

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