LOS ANGELES (June 25, 2014) – Radford native and Broadway actress Michelle Loucadoux (formerly Lookadoo) is teaming up with well-known young adult novelist Garrett Robinson to produce their first film with a philanthropic aim. Loucadoux and Robinson will launch a Kickstarter campaign on June 26, 2014 in an effort to fund the new film UNSAID, based on the published book by Robinson which deals with the lasting effects of unrecognized grief.
The film will pair with grief counseling centers throughout the country to provide resources at the end of the film for those dealing with the loss of a loved one. Additionally, one of the rewards for donating to the film is adding the name of one who has passed on to an “In Memoriam” page that will also be a part of the film.
Loucadoux and Robinson plan to begin production of the film in September 2014 and the fundraising drive will continue until July 26th.
Loucadoux has starred in five Broadway musicals including playing Hope Harcort with Sutton Foster and Joel Grey in the Tony award-winning Anything Goes, playing the role of Ariel in the original cast of The Little Mermaid, playing the role of Babette in Beauty and the Beast, originating the Broadway cast of Mary Poppins, and singing alongside Paul McCartney in Chance and Chemistry. She also starred in the film Across the Universe, has appeared on television in Criminal Minds, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and The View, and will be seen in the upcoming film The Bounce Back.
The Radford, Virginia native graduated from Radford High School before moving to New York to pursue musical theatre and attributes her success to her training at Radford under Lois Castonguay and her husband David Castonguay.
Loucadoux met author Garrett Robinson at the Los Angles Film Collective, We Make Movies and convinced him to produce the film after she starred in a staged reading of it. Robinson has published over 20 novels and is the author of The Realm Keepers series. In 2012, Garrett's mother passed away after a decade-long battle with breast cancer. The experience affected him markedly and is what drove him to write the short story Unsaid. Loucadoux and Robinson are donating their time and talents in the making of Unsaid because of their passion to help people connect with resources and groups to help deal with grief.
For details about UNSAID or to Donate beginning June 26th visit: www.kickstarter.com - Unsaid