Heloise: Faith, Hope, and Love

Based on a true story and love letters that have survived 800 years.

A young French girl named Heloise did the unthinkable – she fell in love with her tutor, Peter Abelard, who was 20 years her senior. What followed was a forbidden love that spanned two decades amid the searing backdrop of political and religious turmoil. The affair cost the lovers everything they had.
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Heloise is a legendary tragic love story that calls to mind Romeo and Juliet.
But rather than battling each other’s families, Heloise and Peter fight against society and the church – and lose.
But in the end, their true love prevails.

Fred Raimondi

Before making the move to director, Fred was recognized as one of the pre-eminent digital artists in the world. As a Visual Effects Supervisor, he partnered on projects with, David Lynch, Michael Bay, David Fincher, Mark Pellington, Gus Van Sant, Lance Acord, and Alex Proyas.
       Historically, Fred has always been ahead of the curve. At a time when visual effects were reserved for film optical houses, his early work set the standard for electronic visual effects compositing with "The Twilight Zone," "Max Headroom," and was the lead compositor on the first season of "Star Trek, The Next Generation" along with Academy Award winner Rob Legato.
       As a founding member of Planet Blue in 1988, his early work with digital compositing helped pave the way for today's generation of digital visual effects, compositing platforms, tools, and techniques that are now widely recognized as industry standards.
       October 1993 saw Fred join the startup phase of visual effects and creative hotbed Digital Domain in Venice, CA. He was among the first 15 employees at Digital Domain and played a large part in setting the stage and feel for Digital Domain's Commercial  Division. His need to be closer to the production process and desire to take visual effects in commercials to a much higher level saw him become the first Visual Effects Supervisor specifically in the Commercial arena. As a result, he helped move the art form from "a post-production only" process to an integrated part of the whole film-making process.
       An accomplished editor, photographer, and musician, he brings a unique skill set and creative vision to the projects he chooses. His experience as a "complete filmmaker" brings a unique blend of art and technology to his projects. Fred played a dual role at Digital Domain as Senior Visual Effects Supervisor and Commercial Director. Fred has directed national spots for Chanel, Dell Computers, Sony Playstation, Proctor and Gamble, IBM, and Pfizer. Shoot Magazine awarded Fred "Spot of the Week" for "Maze", a spot he directed for Dell Computers. His work has garnered Gold and Silver Cannes Lions, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Clios, an MTV Video Music Award (as well as 4 nominations), a Grammy, and nine of his spots received AICP awards and are included in the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NY in "The Art and Science of the American Television Commercial". His client list includes Adidas, Budweiser, Nike, Levis, Cingular, Sony, Visa, BBDO, Chiat/Day, Goodby Silverstein, DDB Needham, and McCann Ericson.
       June 2008 saw a turning point for Fred. In a major decision, he decided to leave his home of 15 years at Digital Domain to pursue directing full time. Fred says, "If one is to grow, one has to go outside their comfort zone. This has been calling me for a long time and it's time to 'answer the call'." In January 2010 Fred joined Andy Traines (Anonymous Content and Propaganda Films), Gianfilippo Pedrotti, and Michele Nocchi in the founding of the US arm of Italian commercial powerhouse BRW. Since joining BRW, he has directed campaigns for GMC, Nintendo, Coors, Blue Moon Beer, Busch Gardens, and McDonald's. His McDonald's spot "Earth's Treasure"- which featured aliens stealing a beverage station from a McDonald's and bringing it back to their mother ship - was Adweek spot of the day and Shoot Magazine's Top Spot of the week.
       Fred finished his first narrative film, "Heloise" based on the true 12th century story of Heloise, which made the festival rounds and was selected for the 2011 Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park.
      He continues to design and create Visual Effects for a very select clientèle through his own company, "The Ministry of Illusion," makes films and spots, and experiments with and creates music, imagery, and fine art in Pasadena, CA.
Meet the Team
Collaborative effort of members of the University of Virginia Entertainment Los Angeles (UVELA)
on behalf of the Cannon Family Foundation.
  1. Robert (Bob) Cannon
    Robert (Bob) Cannon
    Executive Producer
  2. Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough
    Gayla Kraetsch Hartsough
    Writer and Producer
  3. Beth Morgan
    Beth Morgan
  4. Lu Ugaz
    Lu Ugaz
Funded HELOISE through the Cannon Family Foundation to make famous women of history's stories known for both entertainment and educational purposes. Has since produced several stage plays.
Worked with the Cannon Foundation for funding Heloise. Recruited her fellow Producers, whom should had gotten to know well through the University of Virginia Entertainment Los Angeles.
Handled all of the logistics with the talent, including make-up and costumes. Earned a B.A. from the University of Virginia and a masters from Stanford University.
Producer of 13 films, including 7 feature or documentary films. Writer of Hallmark TV film CHRISTMAS IN CONWAY. Earned a B.S. and M.B.A. from the University of Virginia.
The Cast
HELOISE / Julie A. Lockhart
PETER ABELARD / Demetrio James
 UNCLE FULBERT / Jeffrey M. Bell
NICOLE / Kristen Osman
JACQUES / Garth Whitten
MADAME GAUDET / Sandra Kinder
ASTROLABE / Jack D. Cuzzocrea
ASTROLABE / Thomas D. Cuzzocrea
THE WOODSMAN / Tommy Garelick
THE MONK / Michael Campbell
THE BUTCHER / Drake Shining

Julie Lockhart as Heloise
Julie Lockhart is an actor, movement artist, and puppeteer with experience in theatre, film, opera, museum performancem and live events. Julie collaborates regularly with theatre dybbuk as a performing artist on scripted shows and community events. Credits with theatre dybbuk include exagoge, Cave…A Dance For Lilith, Selichot, Tefillah, and Assemble. National credits include Hfob-N-Ffos (Chicago)l a commedia dell’arte play, which integrated the classic style’s masks and clowning with contemporary themes; The Buddha Prince (Minneapolis, New York, Pasadena), a walking play about the life of the Dalai Lama with original and traditional Tibetan music, masks and dance;  and Darkling (Off-Broadway), a contemporary operatic adaptation of the acrostic poem by Anna Rabinowitz.

Los Angeles credits include multiple shows with the dance/theatre company Theatre Movement Bazaar, including Model Behaviorm which earned an Ovation nomination for best ensemble; multiple shows with Sacred Fools Theater Company in Hollywood; puppet performance with the Skirball Cultural Center and Triumvirate Pi; LA Contemporary Dance Company’s Body Mecanique, a dance/theatre reflection on technology and purpose set in an intimate West Hollywood gallery;  Blood Red Lost Head Dead Falcon: and The Nibelungen with collision/theory produced in association with the LA Opera’s Ring Festival. Film work includes multiple pieces for experimental animators and visual artist, stylized pieces for multimedia theatre, the action short series Invocation, and an eponymous short film adaptation of the life story of Heloise, the 12th century French intellectual.

Julie holds a BS in communications from Northwestern University.  

For more information on Julie, go to:  www.julielockhart.com
The Crew
Director of Photography / Mark Williams
Edited by / Cheryl Campsmith and Fred Raimondi
First Assistant Director / Trevor Jones
Map Design and Animation / Laurie Resnick
1st Assistant Camera / Marta Weiss
1st Assistant Camera / Hector Rodriguez
2nd Assistant Camera / Bryan Olinger
Digital Loader / Kathleen Corcoran
Gaffer / Robert Oliva
Key Grip / Ed Bauman
Production Sound Mixer / Rick Mills
Boom  Operator / Brandon Huus
Production Designer/Set Dresser / Alicia Ziff
Scenic Artist / Johnny Mitchell
Makeup/Hair / Harmony Chamberlain
Costume Designer / Melinda Eshelman  
Costume Supervisor /  Jennifer May Nickel  
Assistant Costume Designer / Hilary Parkin  
Visual Effects / BARBEDWIRE FX
Matte Painting / Avi Das
3D Modeling / Pakovich Burnabutr and Avi Das
Script Supervisor / Kari Montgomery
Script Consultant / Valerie Brotski
Set Photographer / Mila Reynaud
Craft Services / Cheryl Campsmith
Craft Services Assistant / Drake Shining
Transportation Coordinator / Jeffrey Hartsough
Production Assistant / Jeff Hartsough
Studio Teacher / Donna Corwin
Accounting Services / KH Consulting Group, Yvonne Nguyen
SAG Liaison / KH Consulting Group, Heather Sims Silva
Press Kit / KH Consulting Group, Lorri Shundich
Transformed a Los Angeles church into a Medieval setting.

Shot in 4 days.

Music by Didier Lean Rachou
Didier is known for his work on Gold Rush: Alaska (2010), Dual Survival (2010) and Deadliest Catch (2005).

While in his teens in New York City, he taught guitar lessons to Nick Valensi and Julian Casablancas of The Strokes. He has been a Grammy voting member of the 'National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' (NARAS) since 2000 and an Emmy voting member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (ATAS) since 2012.

His father is a world-renowned French chef who owned Manhattan's famed La Côte Basque restaurant. He is married to Lucy Lean, niece of director David Lean (winner of 2 Academy Awards for Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and also nominated for 9 other Oscars).

Didier incorporated "Milano,” a 12th century composition performed by John Amato, into the film's score.

Film Festivals and Screenings

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  • Park City Music Festival (UT), May 2010
  • Palm Springs Film Festival Market, June 2010
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  • Virginia Film Festival, November 2010
  • Garden State Film Festival (NJ), 2011
  • University of Virginia (UVa) Entertainment L.A. 2nd Annual Short Film Screening, HBO Screening Room, Santa Monica CA, November 2010
  • Women in Film, LA Film School, 2011
  • French Fun on the Hill, Idyllwild, CA, 2017 (Part of the Best of French Short Films from Clermont-Ferrand Festival)
Special Thanks
United Methodist Church, Los Angeles, CA
Lori S. Jones, Film Liaison
Eliseo Lorente

Mark Williams, Slightly Smaller Films

University of Virginia Entertainment LA – Writers’ Group
Funding made possible through the
Cannon Family Foundation,
a non-profit, IRC 501C-3 foundation

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