Love Happens

New York City, New York | Film Feature

Horror, Romantic Comedy

Liza Rafael

1 Campaigns | New York, United States

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This campaign raised $34,037 for production. Follow the filmmaker to receive future updates on this project.

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Jess has never been interested in settling down, and she’s completely over her stagnant job as a reporter at the crumbling local news station. It’s the perfect time for Jess to get out of this town...right? But everyone else in town seems to think it’s time for her to find her soul mate.

About The Project

  • The Story
  • Wishlist
  • Updates
  • The Team
  • Community

Mission Statement

Guided by a female writer/director, and produced by a woman of color, shot by a female cinematographer, alongside a 50%+ female crew, Love Happens follows three straight women and a diverse cast as they navigate cis-gender roles, romance, and workplace politics.

The Story


written and directed by Liza Rafael





Standing on a golf course in a bridesmaid dress wondering how at age 22 some people are ready to bond themselves to another person for the rest of their life might not seem like a moment of inspiration, but I had an epiphany that night. For the past 10 years I’ve been trying to distill that feeling into a counter-argument to all the romantic comedies and popular culture that have filled the heads of women and girls to make them think that they aren’t complete unless they find “the one” before their expiration date (which in Hollywood is about 25). All women are valid in the paths they choose and no one should tell them otherwise.

So in this film, I want to let the women (and men) watching know that every individual gets to decide how they approach life. No matter what outside forces might say or do, you shouldn’t feel pressured into huge decisions. Sometimes it takes time to make decisions about what you want to do and that is okay. And sometimes the decisions you make aren’t great, and that’s okay too. No one is perfect.

As someone who’s known she was going to make movies from age 13, I’ve felt let down by Hollywood in the representation of my point of view in this particular genre. When women don’t get nearly enough screen time to begin with, it hurts more when you can’t see yourself in it. I’m making this movie for all women to have the opportunity to see themselves in something richer than your basic boy meets girl story. I want you to see yourself on the screen.

This is a romantic comedy with a twist toward the sci-fi realm and a dash of thriller. Our leading lady doesn’t know what’s going on in her small town to make every man she encounters try to pursue her romantically after her best friend gets married, but she’s going to find out. We hope that you come along on this journey to find out what it means when you say love happens.



We need to raise $40,000 to complete production on the film.

How you can help:

1. FOLLOW our page. We must gather 500 followers to qualify for distribution.

2. WATCH our pitch video and trailer. Hopefully, it makes your day a little sunnier and you’ll want to back our project.
3. MAKE A PLEDGE. Our Wishlist outlines everything we need to make the film. Scroll down to make a pledge or loan an item, or select the green Contribute button up top.
4. SHARE our Seed & Spark page with your friends, colleagues, non-profit organizations, anyone who you think would dig the film!! Just by sharing our project with a few folks, you can make an unbelievable impact on our success as a team. 

5. Lastly, you can find us on social @lovehappensfilm

Thank you for being a part of our community. We can wait to share this project with each and everyone one of you.


- Liza





Use the WishList to Pledge cash and Loan items - or - Make a pledge by selecting an Incentive directly.

Cash Pledge

Costs $0

Jessica’s “Secret Passion” Website

Costs $50

We took a stab at it, and now we need a designer to provide the finishing touch.

Hockey Gear

Costs $50

Jess is into hockey. This will help purchase two sticks and a puck.


Costs $60

This contribution will help us communicate our feelings through props.

Action Pack

Costs $40

To get properly weird, we need a two by four, some fake blood, and a fake knife.

Jessica’s Apartment

Costs $300

A lovely person in Michigan is letting us film in their apartment.

Wardrobe Supplies

Costs $200

This will help cover specialty wardrobe items, such as evening and formal wear.

Makeup & Hair Supplies

Costs $50

This will help cover fees associated with the roles of makeup and hair artist.


Costs $6,000

This will help us secure a camera package, production sound kit, and grip equipment.

Base Camp

Costs $1,200

This will go towards the production office, insurance, and accounting.

Help us pay our actors

Costs $15,000

They’re awesome and we love them.


Costs $600

There are (4) scenes which take place in a bar in Petoskey or Charlevoix, Michigan.

Reception Hall

Costs $850

Our opening scene is Victoria's wedding, at an indoor event space.

Local News Station

Costs $600

Several scenes take place at Jessica's work. We need an office with a conference room for (2) days.

Nicole's Bunker

Costs $50

Nicole We need to decorate a post-apocalyptic style home for this character.

Help us hire a crew

Costs $14,000

To make this GREAT, we need experts in camera, sound, electric, art, image, and post.


Costs $450

This contribution will help cover production vehicles and rideshare.

UHAUL / Grip Truck

Costs $500

Renting a 10' truck from UHAUL will help us safely transport gear from one location to the next.

About This Team

Liza Rafael - Writer, Director

Liza is a filmmaker from Omaha, Nebraska. She’s one of producer’s on the R.E.M by MTV documentary and she created her feature doc Leave It On The Stage in 2010. Right now, you can catch Liza’s series Talk To Your Family streaming on YouTube. Love Happens is her first fiction feature.


Jaki Silver - Assistant Director

Jaki has spent several years in live theatre and film as the Director of Production and Development for Spark Productions (Hello Dolly, The Color Purple, Ragtime among others)  and has experience producing off-Broadway (Women Are Crazy Because Men are A**holes), and off-off-Broadway.  She recently Assistant Directed Daffodil for White Apron Productions, for whom she will begin directing this fall.

Current Team