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Synopsis: This film uncovers the journeys of businesses and communities paying it forward during a crisis. A small glimmer of hope during unprecedented times, created
by people coming together.



Run Time

16 minutes


David Burke (Master Chef)


John Santucci

Director's Statement

“After working in news, covering tragic stories from the protests and the pandemic, I felt it was my responsibility, and it became my passion, to send out a message of hope through stories of people, paying it forward, volunteering, giving back to their communities. And the documentary format was the best way to show how people pivoted in a positive way through the pandemic.” Tom DiDonato

Director's Bio

Tom DiDonato, Chatham and Robert Hunkele, Maywood were thrilled their first film together was selected by the 2021 Garden State Festival. Hunkele is known for his work on three previous films, Love at 24fps (2008), Wishful Thinking (2009), and Dogmouth (2014). Tom DiDonato has worked in television production for over 35 years and is a first-time filmmaker.

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