Advanced screenings of local film ‘Eros Ink’ July 22-23

Staff Report

Advanced screenings of locally-produced feature-length romantic comedy Eros Ink are set for 7 and 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, July 22-23, at Riverfront Museum Park Theater, 711 N. Main St.

Tickets are $10 (or $25 VIP tickets) and can be purchased either at the door or in advance at

VIP ticket holders are invited to hang out with the cast and crew at a special concert featuring the music of Minus Six at 11 p.m., Saturday, July 23, at Kryptonite Music Lounge, 308 W. State St.

Call (815) 633-0184 or visit for more about the film.

The film is produced by Notebook Entertainment in association with God’s Little Dreamer Productions.


Eros Ink (2011) (98 minutes)

Director Christopher E. Engler, based on a story by Wyatt Elliot, producers Tim Stotz and Wyatt Elliott, Line Producer Kelly Engler, featuring the music of Minus Six

Starring: Leah Rae Brown, Anna Toornman, Christopher E. Engler, Tim Stotz, Jennifer Alten, Victoria Johns, Kelly Engler and Peter Hackman

From the makers of R.P.G. and Raymond Did It comes a new romantic comedy for the ages: Eros Ink. Dawn is a Cupid-in-training whose only goal in the afterlife is to earn her wings. She loves her job until she comes across Elliott, her dorky new client who runs a bookshop but has big dreams of becoming a science fiction novelist. Will she find him the love of his life before he gives up on her? Only the gods know in this heartfelt, quirky romantic comedy starring Leah Rae Brown.

Cast bios

Christopher E. Engler is an award-winning writer/director whose work has been seen on CNN, Headline News and the Science Channel. As a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where he studied film, theater and literature, Engler has made his living off photography, television production and education. In the early 2000s, his comedic short Penny took top honors at a couple of small film festivals while his commercial work earned him two Addy Awards. A month into shooting Eros Ink, the film lost its lead actor because of scheduling conflicts. Engler apprehensively jumped into the lead’s shoes, only after the gentle urging of his producing partners.

Leah Rae Brown is a Chicago native whose interest in performance started with a pair of Playmobile buses as roller skates, a diverse cast of stuffed animal friends, and an audience of whoever was home. Later, she found herself studying acting at The Piven Theater Workshop in Evanston, Ill. That then led her to The Chicago Academy for the Arts, where she studied acting and other theater arts. In college, she studied cinema and photography at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where she met director and fellow cast mate Engler.

Tim Stotz is a commercial producer and web designer who grew up in rural Missouri. With a degree in English from Rockford College, Stotz has been a consistent producer of various projects over the years. A writer/actor at heart, Stotz makes his living doing camera and digital effects work for various clients in and around the stateline. His recent turn as an independent film producer has been fruitful. His first feature, the slasher flick Raymond Did It, has garnered a cult following since its release earlier this year, and last month, he served as the director of photography for the upcoming thriller The Darkening.

Kelly Engler has been in show business ever since finishing her journalism and mass communications degree from Abilene Christian University in 1998. After interning for the info-tainment vehicle Extra, Kelly engineered at various television outfits before becoming an IBEW broadcasters’ union steward representative. After 10 years in TV, she succumbed to her lit-geek persona and obtained her master’s in English education from Rockford College. After minoring in technical theater in college, she decided to pick up acting only after her husband begged her.

The story behind the film

What goes around comes around. Immediately following the release of Engler’s film in 2006, Engler and co-writer Elliott began preproduction for a film called Cupid. When funding could not be secured for this new venture, the film was shelved until 2008, when the idea was revived, rewritten, retooled and renamed Eros Ink by Engler and Stotz. As luck would have it, Notebook Entertainment (a media company owned by the original Cupid writer Elliott) has recently acquired the rights to the film Eros Ink, and will now aid in its release.

From the July 20-26, 2011 issue

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