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Always Chasing Love

Based on a compilation of true events, in a world where no language is irrelevant, there is nothing more important to the emotionally pained Jennifer Anderson (Sharon Savene) than to meet and build a relationship with her birth parents who gave her up shortly after birth. After she gets a lead to their possible whereabouts, Jennifer quickly makes plans to leave behind her fiancé, Jeff Contato (Camillo Faieta) in Los Angeles, to meet her parents in San Francisco. However, her timing and manner of doing so results in a ripple of heartbreaks, regret and a crime of passion that is investigated by the famous and meticulous Detective Simon Willis (Phillip Watkins) of the SLPD.

  • Jadolphus CW Fraser
  • Jadolphus CW Fraser
  • Jadolphus CW Fraser
  • Sharon Savene
    Key Cast
  • Alexandria Wailes
    Key Cast
    Nurse Jackie, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, High Maintenance,
  • Camillo Faieta
    Key Cast
  • Phillip Watkins
    Key Cast
  • Patrick O'Sullivan
    Key Cast
    The Thinning, Internet Famous, Dr. Ken, The Neighbors, Grandfathered, Happy Endings
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature
  • Genres:
    Detective Mystery, Drama, Romance, Foreign Language, Neo-Noir, Disability
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 39 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 19, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Jadolphus CW Fraser

Jadolphus CW Fraser, born in New York City, with roots in various states and countries, is a first-time feature filmmaker, the founder and president of Fraser Consulting and Advocacy (a social and human service consulting and advocacy company), a Navy veteran and a former athlete.

Jadolphus is a new parent currently residing in southern California where he has been committed to accessing needed human and social services for people with developmental disabilities, mental illness and the elderly for more than 15 years. Jadolphus also heads up CRE', where he develops stories, produces, directs, and occasionally shoots and edit short and long form audio/video content.

In 2008, Jadolphus produced, directed and edited all content (except the news) that launched the government funded TCI Network in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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Director Statement

The journey of making this film began in 2003, with a digital camera that is currently obsolete but was relevant at that time. Due to numerous technological setbacks and personnel hurdles that exceeded the budget, such as losing main cast and crew personnel due to sudden health and lifestyle issues and losing the entire edited film and works in progress due to hard drive crashes, post production was an arduous 11 year process. While the image of this film present with significant less lines of resolution than today's digital cameras offer, I hope this niche movie finally reach those it was made for.

While working in the social service industry as a professional advocate for people with developmental disabilities, I was inspired to make a film that would showcase people communicating in sign language. I wanted to create a show that would present sign language as it is -- a language as useful and important as any spoken language. I wanted to create entertaining and educational content that would create a specific awareness for the general public, but specifically for people with speech challenges and those who care for them (parents, educators and my fellow advocates).

Due to speech and language challenges, many of my former clients struggled with speech, even to express basic wants and needs. For some clients, this would often lead to anxiety, frustration and even behavior harmful to others or themselves. I attended many meetings at schools, agencies, therapeutic programs and residential facilities, to advocate for clients to receive educational and therapeutic services that would enhance their ability to self-advocate. Needless to say, sign language was hardly an option.

After observing two ladies conversing in sign language at a restaurant (Canters in Los Angeles), I began suggesting and recommending sign language for my clients who were speech challenged. However, I was met with great resistance. Several parents refused to permit their child/ren learn sign language, because they believed the language only appropriate for "those [handicap] people," not their children, even though their child/ren speaking ability was greatly impaired by a diagnosed disability, such as autism, selective mutism, and so on.

While feeling disappointed about the lack of available resources that could explain sign language as a language beneficial for any and everyone, one day I took a chance and taught one of my adult clients, who lived at a group home, to communicate his name and ask for water in sign language. I did this to see if he could learn and use the language appropriately, considering there was no history of him ever been taught the language. The client was 23-years-old, autistic, and could only vocalize "Papa" and had a long history of being violent when his needs were not gratified.

When I met with the client two weeks later, to test his ability to use the sign language I had taught him, I approached and asked him, in American Sign Language (ASL), for a glass of water and to say his name. He signed his name and retrieved me a glass of water from the kitchen. Needless to say, I was elated and inspired, while the group home's owner and staffers were in disbelief. It was this moment I committed to finishing the making of this movie.

While inspired to create Always Chasing Love to showcase ASL, the story was inspired by family members, friends, acquaintances, and foster care clients who struggled with identity, grief, depression, shame, abandonment, rejection and heartbreak. To date, I am very excited by the responses I have received about this film from those whom have screened it, including some of the people who inspired the story.