Big Belli an Industry Leading Film Resource For Expecting Families Announces 40 WEEKS Project to Premiere in November

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Big Belli, an industry leading film resource for expecting families, announces their highly anticipated 40 WEEKS, the first unscripted documentary movie to offer an intimate window into the week-by-week journey of pregnant women across the country. 40 WEEKS is directed by Christopher Henze, produced by Kurt Engfehr, Dominique Debroux, and Kate Rolston, edited by April Merl, and cast by Lisa Singer.

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40 WEEKS explores the emotional and physical changes through pregnancy, the hopes and fears and the confusing and often difficult choices that can be presented during this time. Interspersed throughout the film are expert testimonies offering current medical information on key pregnancy milestones. 40 WEEKS follows the diverse stories of the following real American moms and couples:

·     Natalia and Mauricio Quintana
·     Lauren Snyder
·     Kelly and Jared Balsky
·     Sibyl Hassan
·     Elizabeth and Max Joice
·     Vicky and Jose Vargas
·     Emily Castillo
·     Donielle Maddox
·     Alex and Lucien DeVoux
·     Victoria and Chris Moody
·     Jessica and James Todd
·     Diana Tran-Kim
·     Asya Reznikov and Mike Rosenthal
·     Phoebe and Jen Hamilton

40 WEEKS examines and addresses topics surrounding pregnancy and child birth such as sonograms, morning sickness, prenatal nutrition, screenings, safe remedies, fetal development, preparing for delivery, single parenting, same-sex parenting, health risks, pre-term labor, low birth weight, home safety, preparing to bring the baby home and more.

Director Christopher Henze says, “This film [40 WEEKS] is an incredible opportunity for me to honor my wife, my family, and all mothers, for being willing and able to go through this noble transformation.” Co-Founder Dominique Debroux states, “While the market is awash with media about birth and parenting, no documentary project has ever sought to fully explore the emotional journey of each of the forty weeks of pregnancy.”

40 WEEKS was filmed with the RED Scarlett and the RED DRAGON. The DRAGON is a camera so cutting-edge that only a few hundred currently exist. While using the RED cameras, the 40 WEEKS production team was often able to create natural beautiful shots without the use of extra lighting, allowing an intimate and present feel during the interview segments of the film. The interviewer and equipment was able to ‘disappear’, leaving only the families talking about incredible moments in their lives.

To insure that all healthcare information in the movie and website is accurate and current 40 WEEKS partnered with the March of Dimes, a trusted organization at the forefront of saving babies for over 75 years, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), the world's largest nursing authority dedicated to the health of women and babies, and, the nation’s leading independent health information source for women.

For more information on 40 WEEKS, visit Follow 40 WEEKS on Facebook, @40WEEKSthemovie and on Twitter, @40_WEEKS.

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