Where We're Meant to Be

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Where We're Meant to Be
Where We're Meant to Be Official Poster.jpg
Official poster
Directed byMichael Howard
Written byMichael Howard
  • Blayne Weaver
  • Tate Hanyok
  • Sarah Bousquet
  • Tracey Coppedge
  • Tim Ross
  • Anna Nalepka
  • Seth Nicholas Gore
CinematographyChris Medico
Edited byMichael Howard
Invisible Productions
Distributed byTurnKey Films
Release dates
  • April 8, 2016 (2016-04-08) (Vail Film Festival)
  • July 7, 2017 (2017-07-07)
Running time
113 minutes
CountryUnited States

Where We're Meant to Be is a 2016 American drama film written and directed by Michael Howard. The film travels in and out of the lives of a number of different characters as each one connects to the next during their most pivotal moments.

The film won multiple awards during its film festival run and was picked up for distribution by TurnKey Films in 2017. It was released via Flix Premiere in July 2017.


The film consists of multiple storylines and each story has a character or incident that changes the life of another character in a variety of ways. Some interactions are very direct while others may be small, seemingly inconsequential, moments that have just as large of an impact. The film explores these moments and more as we see into various lives during certain vital moments.[1]

The stories broadly consist of:

  • A couple on a blind date.
  • A sister deals with loss concerning her brother and nephew.
  • An older woman dating a younger man must choose between her relationship and her children.
  • An FBI surveillance team oversees an abduction and the resulting fallout.
  • A teenage boy and girl attempt their first sexual experience.
  • An engaged mother of two deals with an unexpected illness.
  • A married couple struggle with the thought of parenting.

Primary cast[edit]

  • Blayne Weaver as Charlie
  • Tate Hanyok as Anna
  • Sarah Bousquet as Samantha
  • Meredith Sause as Beth
  • Lex Wilson as Cameron
  • Harper Grimmett as Finn
  • Tracey Coppedge as Carrie
  • Tim Ross as Bobby
  • Anna Nalepka as Wendy
  • Seth Nicholas Gore as Will
  • Rob Rainbolt as Peter
  • Michael Howard as John
  • Don Sill as Chad
  • Shalita McFarland as Tisha
  • Thaddaeus Edwards as Walter
  • Eric Pastore as Jeff
  • Stephanie Minervino as Katie
  • Christopher Houldsworth as Mac
  • Jack Harrison as Ferrante
  • Pepi Streiff as Granny


Where We're Meant to Be was filmed on a budget of $25,000 over 23 days between May and July 2015. The film was shot on location in North Carolina with filming taking place in Raleigh, Durham, Apex, Roxboro, Cary and Fuquay-Varina.[2]


The score was written by Steven Grove and the soundtrack consists of songs from Greg Laswell, Cary Brothers, Jack the Radio, Day at the Fair, Buddy (band), Tom Rosenthal (musician), Butterfly Boucher, and other indie artists from around the world.[3]


The central theme of the film is connection and how small moments that seem inconsequential can make a huge difference in a life. And since you don't know what moments can make the difference, there's no point in stressing out about it. Howard says of the theme that "one of the most important aspects is to just live your life regardless of what's happening around you. If you're worried or stressed out about something, it's not going to do any good to shut down and not keep moving on. And whether the situation turns out good or bad, there was still so much wasted time in that interim. It's not how much time you have; it's how you use that time that makes all the difference.[4]


The film had its world premiere on April 8, 2016 at the Vail Film Festival and continued on with a successful film festival run. It garnered more than a dozen award wins and nominations throughout the festival circuit and was picked up for distribution by TurnKey Films in 2017.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Where We're Meant to Be received positive reviews from critics.

Reel Honest Reviews: "A thoughtful, beautiful film full of love and emotion. Creating such a philosophical and entertaining film on this budget should be lauded as a true accomplishment. Be sure to catch this film...it might just change how you see the world."[6]

Indie Spotlight Network: "...bravely written script with heartfelt dialogue as well as compelling character development."[7]

The Independent Critic: "Where We're Meant to be is an indie gem" and "emotionally honest story and performances along with an uncommon intelligence that permeates through every digital cell of the film."[8]


Festival Year Award Category[citation needed] Recipient Result
filmSPARK Film Festival 2016 Best Film (Best of Fest) Where We're Meant to Be Won
Raleigh Film Festival 2016 Best Feature Film Where We're Meant to Be Won
Los Angeles Cinefest 2016 Audience Award Best Film Where We're Meant to Be Won
Best Feature Film Where We're Meant to Be Nominated
North Carolina Film Awards 2016 President's Award Michael Howard Won
Cape Fear Independent Film Festival 2017 Best Screenplay - "Don Award" Michael Howard Won
Best Feature Film Where We're Meant to Be Nominated
Eastern NC Film Festival 2016 Best Film Where We're Meant to Be Won
Audience - "Distance Award" Where We're Meant to Be Won
Best Supporting Actor Seth Nicholas Gore Won
Best Actress Tracey Coppedge Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Anna Nalepka Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Blayne Weaver Nominated
GardenCity International Film Festival 2017 Best Feature Film Where We're Meant to Be Nominated
Asheville Film Festival 2016 Best Supporting Actress Anna Nalepka Won
Best Film Where We're Meant to Be Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Jack Harrison Nominated


TurnKey Films released the film via Flix Premiere in the United Kingdom on 30 June 2017 and the United States on 7 July 2017.[9]


  1. ^ "An Inside Look at Where We're Meant to Be - KSKE Ski Country". KSKE Ski Country. 2016-04-07. Retrieved 2017-09-04.
  2. ^ "10th Anniversary Carrboro Film Festival | Chapel Hill Recorder". www.chapelhillrecorder.com. Retrieved 2017-09-04.
  3. ^ Where We're Meant to Be (2016), retrieved 2017-08-20
  4. ^ "ARRAY - November 2016". Array Magazine. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  5. ^ "Turn Key Films". Turn Key Films. Retrieved 2017-08-20.
  6. ^ "Reel Honest Reviews  » Blog Archive  » "Where We're Meant To Be" A True Example of an Indie Film by Pamela Powell". www.reelhonestreviews.com. Retrieved 2017-08-20.
  7. ^ "Film Review – Where We're Meant To Be". Indie Spotlight Network. Retrieved 2017-08-20.
  8. ^ "The Independent Critic - "Where We're Meant to Be" Winning Awards on Festival Circuit". theindependentcritic.com. Retrieved 2017-08-20.
  9. ^ Where We're Meant to Be, retrieved 2017-08-20

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