Press Release

“Some say ‘no religion in schools.’ I say, ‘no religion, no school.’”

Story Of Fearless Alabama Principal Coming To Theaters in October

Aspiration Entertainment Secures All Rights for
LOVE GOES PUBLIC film, featuring Principal Brelinda Sullen

Auburn, AL — Dropout rates skyrocketing. Crime-ridden hallways. Drugs and teenage pregnancy rates rising. A revolving door of faculty and staff. An all-too-familiar American story, especially in Alabama’s “Black Belt” where failing schools, systemic poverty, and a deficit of hope are as common as summer humidity.

A decade ago, however, an unlikely, under-resourced, unprepared principal was asked to rescue a high school from chaos and closure.

Principal Brelinda Sullen relied upon the two things she knew best: her own story and her deep faith.

Filmed by an award-winning Cinematographer, Oscar-winning producer, and an executive producer with 40 years working alongside students, volunteers, and communities, LOVE GOES PUBLIC is an inspiring American story of what happens when a person’s passionate faith meets a community’s desperate need.

“Principal Sullen’s is an “all things are possible” story,” said Flannagan. “Her fierce and fearless faith is lived out in one of America’s most broken school systems and communities. We believe this story will not only inspire the audience, but also rally support for these students and the work of Brelinda.”

Principal Sullen and her eighteen siblings grew up in poverty in rural South Georgia.  She became an All-American college athlete, mother, wife, and passionate advocate to see others like her turn their tragedies into triumphs.

“Love is what love does,” says Principal Sullen. Her bold Christian faith in public schools and bold leadership style may be questioned, but the results certainly cannot. Every year the dire statistics turned from glimpses of hope to head-shaking testimonials of the impossible. With dropout rates at 40% and teen pregnancy way above state averages, in three short years the graduation rate hit 100% with zero new teen pregnancies.

Aspiration Entertainment will release the film theatrically in October, followed by a digital release in early 2020. The Nashville-based company specializes in distributing and marketing smart, soulful, and social impact films that move audiences from awareness to action.

“LOVE GOES PUBLIC is LEAN ON ME meets UNDEFEATED. These are the types of films that cause audiences to lean forward, and hopefully, ask ‘now what?’,” said Aspiration’s co-president Erik Lokkesmoe. “Entertainment is changing. Audiences are more intentional about what they watch. They want to be participants, not passive observers. And that’s a great need in our communities — moving people from a hand-wringing complacency to a roll-up-your-sleeves commitment to work together and solve the problems right before us.”

65 minutes
Not Rated
In Theaters October 2019

To find showings and learn more about Principal Sullen:

Contact: Andy Peterson, Aspiration Entertainment,


  1. Winston Gates on November 2, 2019 at 12:35 am


  2. Dr. Joy on June 11, 2020 at 12:41 am

    This is amazing!!! I met Coach Brelinda Sullen the end of my 10th grade year at Worth, Georgia! She restructured my life as a Counselor and High School Basketball Coach; taught me leadership skills, communication skills, loyal and how to be a team player. I was taught better study habits, how to lead on and off the court. I graduated with good grades, good character, and now I am currently, a Doctor in Education! She believed in me and taught me disciplinary, how to defeat challenges, and how to be responsible for your own actions! Thank you for not giving up on me! You are one of the reasons I was able to go all the way! “Make Me Proud” is what she left with me as she left me on a Full ride of a Basketball Scholarship at Abraham Baldwin, Tifton Georgia!
    Dr. Joycelynn L. Crapp

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