Couple make film about romance novels

By Jane Glenn Cannon Published: June 30, 2008
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/> Captivated, Finneran and Reeves grabbed a video camera and started shooting.

"We had no agenda. We had no objective. What we did had was curiosity,” Finneran said.

"Reading, Riting, Romance: Taming the Alpha Male,” is the result of that first shoot, plus more than a year's worth of interviewing and filming, including a follow-up visit to this year's Romantic Times convention in April in Pittsburgh.

"This year it was almost like coming home,” Finneran said. "When I arrived in Pittsburgh, I found myself getting excited. I realized I knew how they felt. I got it. I got the sense of community these people have. They see each other only once a year but they share this great passion. I respect that. I want to capture that passion on film.”

The premiere of "Reading, Riting, Romance: Taming the Alpha Male” is planned for March at the Cut Film Festival in San Diego, Finneran said.

"We've got 20 hours of new footage yet to be edited, and we're still looking for sponsors because we're temporarily out of money, but that's our goal,” she said.

Once the film is finished, Finneran and Reeves plan to attend another Romantic Times convention, this time to play, not work.


By the numbers
$1.37 billion
Sales generated by romance novels in 2007

6,400
Number of new titles published in 2007

1 in 5
Estimated number of American readers

93
Percentage of readers who are women

Source: Romance Writers of America

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