Story & Trailer

Trailer for A Beautiful Belly from A Beautiful Belly on Vimeo.

When aspiring children’s entertainer Jason (Chris Worley) gets his long-time crush Danny (Lauren Brown) pregnant on their first date, the two choose to make a life together as husband and wife. As the prospect of fatherhood looms, Jason begins to realize the toll it may take on his career and turns his attention toward one last pursuit of his dreams before the baby arrives. Feeling ignored, Danny begins to question whether their fledgling marriage can survive.

The two soon find themselves attracted to other people, and as new friendships begin to hint at the possibility of romance, Jason and Danny must decide whether they will risk the future of their family for the indulgence of a moment’s pleasure.

The Orlando Sentinel’s Roger Moore calls A BEAUTIFUL BELLY a “racy rumination on sex, love, marriage and Bible study” with a “talented and good-looking cast,” while The Daily City raves that “this film about love, broken hearts and pregnant bellies, left the audience wanting more of this young, talented filmmaker.” Cinema365 says that A BEAUTIFUL BELLY “is worth your while, especially for aspiring filmmakers who want to see how to properly make a first film.”

A relationship drama with an ultimate message of hope and renewal, A BEAUTIFUL BELLY endeavors to deal with complicated adult themes of considerable heft with a light touch that emphasizes the messy humor of the human condition.


Allison James, an intern at a local cable station, has invited Jason Ackart to her apartment to discuss her proposal of a children’s television program based on Jason’s performance alter-ego, “Captain Jellyman.” Jason has not mentioned to Allison that he is married or expecting a child.

Behind-the-Scenes Director’s Note:

Stupidly, when I wrote this scene, I had Jason answer Allison’s offer of coffee by saying, “Actually, I need to get going,” and that’s how we shot it. When we cut the scene together, we realized that this deflated all the tension in their relationship and hurt the rest of the movie. My brilliant editor, Morgan English, suggested the fix. Without reshooting anything, we recut the scene to have Jason accept Allison’s invitation to stay for coffee, and the result crackles with sexual energy.


Jason and Danny play Mahjong with Jason’s brother Will (John William Wright) and sister-in-law Rachel (Michele Feren). When Jason mocks his brother, Will decides to push his buttons by calling attention to the uncomfortable topic of Allison, the beautiful television intern with whom Jason’s been spending his time.

Behind-the-Scenes Director’s Note:

My wife Angelyn and I play Mahjong, which is normally a game played by old ladies, but we love it and teach it to all of our friends. The cast were completely confused by the action and game-based dialogue, so I brought Angelyn in to teach them all how to play. They still didn’t understand it, but they knew enough to fake it. It’s easily one of my favorite scenes in the movie. The music is “Go North” by The Pauses. Jason Kupfer, one of the bandmembers, scored the movie.

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