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What The Heart Needs

A short film by Laura Isabelle Schenkel

Laura Isabelle Schenkel
Laura Isabelle Schenkel Berlin, DE

Project Overview

The 20 minute short follows young and inexperienced Joey who meets a depressed and grieving Nick. The two slowly change each other's lives. The big shock comes when they find out that their families also share a connection.

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5.352 EUR
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Laura Isabelle Schenkel

Only 6 weeks to go!

Dear "What the Heart Needs" supporters,

we are back!

In the last few weeks we have not only been busy with vacation and enjoying the sun, but have also spent a lot of time with our project: Visiting locations, planning shooting and rehearsal days, looking for further funding, giving interviews and much more.

In an interview with Carina and Marie - the two are real power women - as part of their podcast "Popcorn and Prosecco", Laura was able to talk about the inspiration for the film and give many more insights into the production process.

We also had a super informative conversation with a qualified and friendly employee from the DSO (German Foundation for Organ Transplantation). Feel free to visit their website.

You have supported us and maybe you are already waiting for your cool stickers? These will be designed at the beginning of August and will be sent as soon as they arrive! Are you as excited as we are?

If you want to stay up to date, please follow our Instagram account to always get the latest updates.

All links will be found here:

We wish you all a wonderful summer!

See you soon,

Your "What the Heart Needs" team <3
Only 6 weeks to go!
(from left to right) Amadeus, Luisa Wolf, Laura Isabelle Schenkel, Marc Weinmann Photographer: Kevin Lauderlein
Laura Isabelle Schenkel

We did it! - Thanks to you!!!

Wow! Wow! Wow!

So thanks to all of you amazing donors, we did it - our goal of 5,000 euros has been reached! whaat?! How crazy!

We can barely put into words how incredibly grateful we are to every single person who supported "What the Heart Needs" with their donation.
A short film that will surely touch your hearts!

Three more days until the deadline...
Is there anyone else out there who believes in our project?
We are definitely in high spirits!

As a small thank you, there is also a new and incredibly cute picture of the two main actors: Rahel Tzegai and Marc Weinman and the director/screenwriter Laura Isabelle Schenkel.

We want to take this opportunity to introduce the new crew members:

Michelle Ragay - Producer
Lena Heinz - Production assistant
Felice Bitzer - Director of Photography
Sulamita Wiener - Gaffer
Manuela Reut - Stylist, Hair and Make Up
Azura - Assistant to Manuela

Thank you for being there and for already being a huge asset to the production/realization of WTHN!

We wish you all a wonderful evening and see you soon!

Ahhh!! And of course a HUGE THANK YOU!!

Your WTHN team ❤️
We did it! - Thanks to you!!!
(From left to right) Rahel Tzegai (Joey), Laura Isabelle Schenkel (director/Scriptwriter) and Marc Weinmann (Nick) Photo: Kevin Lauderlein
Laura Isabelle Schenkel

Happy Family

Dear "What the Heart Needs" followers!

First of all, a big thank you to all other supporters who helped the short film with a monetary donation! We are so grateful to you - really!!

It's hard for me (Laura) to put into words how happy I am to work with my crew and cast. I also had a few happy tears in my eyes during the last meeting.

As you can see in the picture, we all have an incredibly great time together.
To be honest, that's not always common in this industry...

We are really looking forward to the shooting, which will take place in September 2023.
Are you as excited as we are? How exciting everything is!

Our crowdfunding is still running for 15 more days. At the moment there is still a little more than 1,500 euros missing. We very much hope that there are still some people out there who think our project is so great that they want to and can support it financially. :)

But first we wish everyone a wonderful evening.

Sunny greetings from Berlin!

Your "What The Heart Needs" team ❤
Happy Family
Picture: Kevin Lauderlein Actor and Actress: Marc Weinmann and Rahel Tzegai Casting and director's assistant - Madlen Meyer Director, Scripwriter and Producer - Laura Isabelle Schenkel
Behind the scenes of the promo photoshoot of "What the Heart Needs".
Laura Isabelle Schenkel

Thank you!! + Our new "JOEY"

Dear WTHN Followers

First of all, we want to say a big THANK YOU to all our previous donors! A few tears of joy have already been shed... You guys are simply the best!

Last week we found out that our previous leading actress, Melika El Hani, unfortunately has to leave the project. We started looking for a new "Joey" and, fortunately, quickly found a great actress:

We would like to give a warm welcome to Rahel Tzegai, who blew Madlen and me away during the casting.

The whole team is looking forward to working with Rahel. Marc and Rahel even know each other from drama school!

We wish you a nice beginning of May filled with lots of sunshine!

Your WTHN team
Thank you!! + Our new
Rahel Tzegai (Foto: Rainer Schirrmeister)

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