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Donna Lawrence, Founder and Executive Director of the Susie's Hope Nonprofit Charity will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 1/23/16 at 5 PM EST to discuss her life, her charity and the film about her "Susie's Hope", she will also give away DVD copies on air Featured

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Green Apple Entertainment Proudly Presents

Susie’s Hope

Sometimes We all Need to be Rescued …

Based on a True Story, Moving Family Drama on DVD Jan. 5th

Sales Benefit the Susie’s Hope Nonprofit to End Animal Abuse

“The actors – human and canine alike – bring a palpable sincerity to their performances.”

— Yes! Weekly

“A very dramatic tale that will warm your heart.”

The Dove Foundation

“(out of 4)”

Winston-Salem Journal

BOCA RATON Jan. 18, 2016 For Immediate Release The motion picture Susie’s Hope – which portrays the real-life story of a pit bull-attack survivor, a brutally abused, pit bull-mix puppy and their journey

to heal and forgive together – will be available on DVD Jan. 5 from Green Apple Entertainment.

Based on a touching, true story that led to the successful passing of Susie’s Law in North Carolina – which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers – Susie’s Hope brings to

life the inspirational relationship between pit bull-attack survivor Donna Lawrence and a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left to die.

The eight-week-old puppy had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby and, for the offense, was beaten so severely that her jaw was broken and her teeth knocked out.

She was then set on fire and left for dead. Ten days later, the puppy was discovered in a Greensboro, N.C., park, barely alive. She was suffering from second- and third-degree burns over 60 percent of her tiny

body—leaving the young animal with egregious injuries that would cause permanent damage and scars across her back and with her ears burned beyond recognition.

Realizing neglect and abuse were to blame for the tragic pit bull attack that Donna had endured just 10 months earlier –

which nearly claimed her life, caused her to miscarry her baby and left her with the inability to have children – Donna rescues the puppy, naming her Susie.

Despite a veterinarian’s recommendation to euthanize the critically injured puppy, Donna raises the funds for Susie’s extensive treatment (daily over the course of two months) and – despite objections from family and friends –

welcomes Susie into her home. Together, they learn to heal and forgive as they lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but for all animals, in this incredible story of love, loss and redemption.

Directed byJerry Rees(Disney’s California Adventure TV special, The Marrying Man, The Brave Little Toaster), Susie’s Hope stars Emmanuelle Vaugier (ABC’s Mistresses, WB’s Two and a Half Men, CBS’ CSI: NY, Saw II,

Secondhand Lions, 40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (CBS’ The Young and the Restless, Lifetime’s Army Wives, The Reaping, Remember the Titans) and Andrea Powell

(Ender’s Game, The Twilight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2, Get Low, The Legend of Bagger Vance).

The Susie’s Hope soundtrack features recordings by Charlie Daniels (“Susie Q”) and Vince Gill (“Wake up Little Susie”).

A Dove Foundation family-approved film, Susie’s Hope will be carried in Walmart stores across the nation and is also available via and select digital retail outlets.

A portion of the proceeds from DVD sales benefits the Susie’s Hope Nonprofit, a 501(c)(3) charity, to foster awareness of the animal abuse that exists in our nation and to work to end this epidemic

by providing education to people of all ages. Together, Donna and Susie attend events and visit schools, churches and other organizations. The charity also produces life-like Susie’s Hope plush animals with embroidered

scars (carried by Toys & Company), which serve as an educational tool. Susie is the 2014 American Humane Association Therapy Dog and the 2014 American Humane Association Hero Dog.

Susie’s Hopeis presented in widescreen with an aspect ratio of 16 x 9 (1.78:1) and 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound. A production of Susie’s Hope Movie, LLC, in association with

Stone’s Throw Films and ALTAIR Casting and Productions Services, distributed by Green Apple Entertainment.

Watch the film at …

Password: GAE1110

For screening purposes only. Please do not post.

DVD screener available upon request.

About Susie’s Hope Nonprofit:

Susie’s Hope™ (High Point, NC) is a nonprofit organization formed to foster awareness surrounding the animal abuse that exists in our nation and to work to end the tragic epidemic by providing

education to people of all ages. In a team effort, Donna and Susie visit schools, churches and organizations and attend pet adoption fairs and fundraisers to motivate and educate people. The life-like

Susie’s Hope plush animals with embroidered scars (carried by Toys & Company) serve as a nurturing social and educational tool. For more information, visit:

About Green Apple Entertainment:

Green Apple Entertainment is a leading international distributor of quality, independent entertainment on DVD, Blu-ray, download and streaming platforms and cable VOD. Headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla.,

Green Apple works directly with filmmakers to cultivate superior filmmaking for a variety of genres – including action, drama, romance, thrillers, horror/sci-fi, documentaries, family and animation –

and fresh new viewing experiences for a diverse array of audiences. Green Apple was founded in 2005 by industry veteran Tim Warren. Visit

Susie’s Hope

Green Apple Entertainment

Genre: Family Drama

Original Air Date: UP TV, August 2014

Rated: TV-PG

Format: DVD

Running Time: Approx. 105 Minutes

Suggested Retail Price: $9.96

Street Date: January 5, 2016

Catalog #: GAE-F305

UPC Code: #818768011042

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