RELEASE BLAST + Giveaway: Love Between the Covers (A Documentary Film) by Laurie Kahn



Love Between the Coves

A Documentary Film

Written, Produced & Directed by:

Laurie Kahn

Releasing July 12th, 2016

Distributed by: The Orchard



Love  stories are universal. Love stories are powerful.  And so are the women who write them.

Love Between the Covers is the fascinating  story of the vast, funny, and savvy female community that has built a powerhouse industry sharing love stories.

Romance fiction is sold in 34 languages on six continents, and the genre grosses more than a billion dollars a year — outselling mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined.  Yet the millions of voracious women (and sometimes men) who read, write, and love romance novels have remained oddly invisible. Until now.

For  three years, we follow the lives of five very diverse published romance authors and one unpublished newbie as they build their businesses, find and lose loved ones, cope with a tsunami of change in publishing, and earn a living doing what they love—while empowering others to do the same. Romance authors have built a fandom unlike all others, a global sisterhood where authors know their readers personally and help them become writers themselves. During the three years we’ve been shooting Love Between the Covers, we have witnessed the biggest power shift that has taken place in the publishing industry over the last 200 years. And it’s the romance authors who are on the front lines, pioneering new ways to survive and build communities in this rapidly changing environment.


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The Official Trailer


Project History – Love Between the Covers
By Laurie Kahn, Director
Romance is the behemoth of the publishing industry; it outsells mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy
combined. Yet no filmmaker has ever taken an honest look at the amazing global community
that romance writers and readers have built.
As a documentary filmmaker, I want to bring the lives and work of compelling women to the
screen, because any industry dominated by women is typically dismissed as trivial and “merely
domestic.” My previous films — A Midwife’s Tale and Tupperware! – are very different from one
another, but they were both shaped by my desire to look honestly at communities of women
who haven’t been taken seriously (but should be), who deserve to be heard without being
I knew very little about the romance community when I decided to make this film. But the further
I got into this subject, the more convinced I became that the romance community is not only an
interesting sisterhood including more than 100 million women around the globe, but also a
phenomenon to learn from.
No filmmaker has ever had the access we’ve had. We have been allowed to film behind-the-
scenes strategy and editorial meetings at publishing houses; we’ve been included in the private
lives of our main characters; we’ve captured public and private moments at conferences where
thousands of romance readers and romance writers are gathered; we’ve been invited to shoot
on trips with authors and their fans in South Carolina, Alaska, and Texas; we’ve been allowed to
film both high-end and low-budget romance cover shoots; and we’ve been granted an unusually
intimate interview with superstar Nora Roberts.
Love Between the Covers is one part of a larger effort called the Popular Romance Project that I
dreamt up five years ago. To pull off this huge project, I found fabulous partners: The Library of
Congress Center for the Book, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and the
International Association for the Study of Popular Romance (IASPR). They’ve all been a
pleasure to work with!
The Popular Romance Project explores the fascinating, often contradictory origins and
influences of popular romance as told in novels, films, comics, advice books, songs, and
internet fan fiction, taking a global perspective—while looking back across time as far as the
ancient Greeks.
In addition to the film the Popular Romance Project includes:
● – the interactive, content-rich website launched in 2011 by
the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. The site allows its users to see
romance novels in a broad context across time and place—with a huge archive of Love
Between the Covers interview excerpts, teaching resources, and blogs by romance
authors, scholars and industry insiders.
● What Is Love? Romance Fiction in the Digital Age – an international, multimedia
conference of scholars, writers, and readers, hosted by The Library of Congress Center
for the Book, funded by Harlequin and the Nora Roberts Foundation. The conference
took place on February 11, 2015 at the Library of Congress — open to the public and
free. It was an exciting, stimulating day for all who were there, and videos of the panels
will be available at the Library of Congress website.
Our advisory board and colleagues at IASPR have been there to help us every step of the way.
IASPR’s current president, Pamela Regis, was the co-chair of the conference at the Library of
Many institutions and individuals have supported this project: the National Endowment for the
Humanities, Mass Humanities, the Nora Roberts Foundation, Romance Writers of America,, Harlequin Enterprises, the Tavris Fund at Brandeis University, our amazing
supporters at Kickstarter, and those who’ve donated through our website,



Director/Producer LAURIE KAHN’s films have won major awards, been shown on PBS primetime, broadcast around the world, and used widely in university classrooms and community groups. Her first film, A Midwife’s Tale, was based on the 18th century diary of midwife Martha Ballard and Laurel Ulrich’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Midwife’s Tale. It won film festival awards and a national Emmy for Outstanding Non-Fiction. Her film TUPPERWARE! was broadcast in more than 20 countries, won the George Foster Peabody Award and was nominated for a national Best Nonfiction Director Emmy. Kahn previously

worked on Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, The American Experience, FRONTLINE’S Crisis in Central America, All Things Considered, and Time Out. She’s a resident scholar at Brandeis’s Women’s Studies Research Center.


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