A Valentine's Day Love Story: Kentucky Family Falls in Love with Down Syndrome Man

Lolek Productions announces the film release about a man with Down Syndrome and how his capacity to love is transforming lives. The video, “Shawn’s Eyes” features Shawn Riney, a 41-year-old man from Owensboro, Kentucky, and a family who together have found love and many unexpected blessings.

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Closeup of Shawn Riney - "Shawn's Eyes"

Shawn Riney is cross-eyed, mumbles, works in the lunch room, and is one chromosome short of 48.

Shawn has blessed my family a hundredfold.

Owensboro, KY (PRWEB) February 14, 2014

The film "Shawn's Eyes" shows the relationship between Shawn and the Payne family, who spend every weekend together. Shawn is 41, cross-eyed, mumbles and is unable to live on his own. He also has an immense love of life, an infectious smile and an oft-sharp wit that the Payne family says they can’t live without.

“This is not your typical love story or a story just about altruism or goodness,” says Rev. Joshua McCarty, producer for Lolek Productions. “It’s the surprisingly candid and sometimes shocking story of the simplicity, affection, and genuineness of a man who many would consider an outcast in our society.”

“Shawn’s Eyes” is just one of many videos in the developing “icon project” series produced by Lolek Productions.

The video is available at the Lolek Productions' website: http://lolekproductions.com/a-valentines-day-love-story-shawn-riney/.

About Lolek Productions
Lolek Productions is an independent film company that was created in May of 2011 in order to create high quality media as a part of the New Evangelization called for by Blessed John Paul II. Lolek Productions is located in Western Kentucky and operated by a Catholic priest, Fr. Josh McCarty and a board of directors. Beautiful images and powerful story are the hallmarks of Lolek Productions.


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Amy Payne tells how Shawn Riney changed her life. Amy Payne tells how Shawn Riney changed her life.

Amy is married to Tom Payne and is the mother of three children.


Amy Payne asks questions for Shawn's interview. Amy Payne asks questions for Shawn's interview.

Shawn Riney gives his interview.