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Hold it Like a Baby, a dark comedy.  In this satire about anger, an anger management  therapist borrows the words of  Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh  by advising his patients, "Hold Your Anger Like a Baby".  In this satire different couples struggle with relationship challenges from unplanned pregnancy, financial stress, trust issues, broken promises, thwarted expectations and ultimately their anger.  Written, directed by Michael Love and Tina Love, filmed in Santa Barbara featuring Santa Barbara eateries, shops, homes, beach and parks.  In this farce about anger, the psychiatrist,  author of "Anger Vanquished"  ironically fails to manage his own anger and in this ensemble comedy sets in motion a denouement of hilarious proportions. Hold It Like a Baby Movie, Cristina Quintana Love, Michael Love, producers, santa barbara, tina love, tina quintana, nile the dog, santa barbara movies, sb film festival, international film festival, black comedy, anger management, therapy, anger therapy, anger management treatment, bink goncharoff, dana halverson, nick marcotti, jackie kamm, sandy hackett, marlon hoffman, natasha baker, maurice janko, tom kennedy, nikole hollenitsch, jason harrel, lizanne keigley, rose acosta, shelly best, writers, director, editor, author, movie, hold it like a baby, much ado about w! World premiere of Hold it Like a Baby, 2009 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.  An ensemble comedy written, produced, directed by Santa Barbara filmmakers Michael Love and Tina Love.   Edited by Tina Love. Original score by Raphael Atlas.  Cast: Bink Goncharoff, Dana Halverson, Sandy Hackett, Marlon Hoffman, Nick Marcotti, Jackie Kamm, Natasha Baker, Lizanne Keigley, Nikole Hollenitsch, Jason Harrell, Tom Petra.  Cinematographer, Justin Creamer. A movie about misunderstandings that create conflict, the little things that make us angry, about how mean people suck but how getting revenge makes us our own worst enemy.  Psychologist and author of "Anger Vanquished," tells his patients "hold your anger like a baby" based on the advice of Thich Nhat Hanh. The protagonist becomes the antagonist when he secretly relishes exacting revenge on the people that make him angry. Hold It Like a Baby is a fast paced farce - a satire on anger that delivers lots of laughs while making fun of the anger that brings even an anger management therapist to all-time lows.
Santa Barbara film makers Michael Love and Tina Love, first feature comedy Hold It Like A Baby, premieres at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.  Michael Love and Tina Love's previous film festival selections "Autumn Leaves" and "Much Ado About W: art wars of Santa Barbara."   Inspired by the words of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, anger management therapist counsels patients in therapy to "hold their anger like a baby".  Two other couple's relationship stories intertwine in this farce about anger and ironically, the anger management therapist's failure to deal with his own anger, inadvertently draws all our pissed-off characters to a potentially dangerous climax. In a British phone booth near his anger management therapy practice, the therapist who counsels his patients to "hold their anger like a baby" shakes up his own anger and becomes the anti-hero "the asshole avenger."  His mission: avenging victims of assholes he encounters.  Michael Love and Tina Love co-wrote and co-directed "Hold It Like a Baby" a movie that seems to say anger met with anger begets more anger and though we all encounter jerks, sometimes we are the jerk and don't even realize it.  Premiering at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this comedy was shot in Santa Barbara and features Santa Barbara eateries, Santa Barbara homes, Paradise Store, an ensemble cast playing characters challenged by relationship issues, weight issues, but it is anger that draw all the protagonists/antagonists to its climax. Hold It Like a Baby Movie, Cristina Quintana Love, Michael Love, producers, santa barbara, tina love, tina quintana, nile the dog, santa barbara movies, sb film festival, international film festival, black comedy, anger management, therapy, anger therapy, anger management treatment, bink goncharoff, dana halverson, nick marcotti, jackie kamm, sandy hackett, marlon hoffman, natasha baker, maurice janko, tom kennedy, nikole hollenitsch, jason harrel, lizanne keigley, rose acosta, shelly best, writers, director, editor, author, movie, hold it like a baby, much ado about w!
 
*artwork by Julia Ford