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Published:September 10th, 2011 13:58 EST
Judyth Piazza interviews Andrew Kenneth Gay, Director of A Beautiful Belly

Judyth Piazza interviews Andrew Kenneth Gay, Director of A Beautiful Belly

By Judyth Piazza CEO (Editor)

When aspiring children`s entertainer Jason (Chris Worley) gets his long-time crush Danny (Lauren Brown) pregnant on their first date, the two choose to make a life together as husband and wife. As the prospect of fatherhood looms, Jason begins to realize the toll it may take on his career and turns his attention toward one last pursuit of his dreams before the baby arrives. Feeling ignored, Danny begins to question whether their fledgling marriage can survive.

The two soon find themselves attracted to other people, and as new friendships begin to hint at the possibility of romance, Jason and Danny must decide whether they will risk the future of their family for the indulgence of a moment`s pleasure.

The Orlando Sentinel`s Roger Moore calls A BEAUTIFUL BELLY a racy rumination on s(e)x, love, marriage and Bible study " with a talented and good-looking cast, " while The Daily City raves that this film about love, broken hearts and pregnant bellies, left the audience wanting more of this young, talented filmmaker. " Cinema365 says that A BEAUTIFUL BELLY is worth your while, especially for aspiring filmmakers who want to see how to properly make a first film. "

A relationship drama with an ultimate message of hope and renewal, A BEAUTIFUL BELLY endeavors to deal with complicated adult themes of considerable heft with a light touch that emphasizes the messy humor of the human condition.


Allison James, an intern at a local cable station, has invited Jason Ackart to her apartment to discuss her proposal of a children`s television program based on Jason`s performance alter-ego, Captain Jellyman. " Jason has not mentioned to Allison that he is married or expecting a child.

Behind-the-Scenes Director`s Note:

Stupidly, when I wrote this scene, I had Jason answer Allison`s offer of coffee by saying, Actually, I need to get going, " and that`s how we shot it. When we cut the scene together, we realized that this deflated all the tension in their relationship and hurt the rest of the movie. My brilliant editor, Morgan English, suggested the fix. Without reshooting anything, we recut the scene to have Jason accept Allison`s invitation to stay for coffee, and the result crackles with s(e)xual energy.


Jason and Danny play Mahjong with Jason`s brother Will (John William Wright) and sister-in-law Rachel (Michele Feren). When Jason mocks his brother, Will decides to push his buttons by calling attention to the uncomfortable topic of Allison, the beautiful television intern with whom Jason`s been spending his time.

Trailer for A Beautiful Belly from A Beautiful Belly on Vimeo.

Andrew Kenneth Gay is an independent filmmaker, freelance production professional, and a visiting instructor of film at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Andrew has worked as a production coordinator, production manager, line producer, and assistant director on commercials, industrials, reality television, feature-length motion pictures, music videos, new media productions, and motion picture shorts. He has worked with such companies as Spike TV, VH1, the Discovery Channel, Nike, Bealls Outlet, D(i)ck`s Sporting Goods, and the Disney Channel.

Andrew`s three short films, "Nak(e)d," "Love is Deaf," and "Melissa with a Heart Around It," have together received eight awards and over 50 official selections at film festivals around the globe. His first feature film, A Beautiful Belly, is currently being scored and was the first feature film ever shot on the Canon 5D Mark II Digital SLR.

Andrew has an MFA in Film & Digital Media from the University of Central Florida, a BFA in Film Production, also from UCF, and a BA in English Lit and Philosophy/Religion from Flagler College.

He currently lives in Orlando with his wife Angelyn, daughter Calliope, and canine children Gobot and Mahjong.