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Tracie Hovey


Tracie Hovey obtained a Journalism degree at California State University, Sacramento and has her Master’s in Strategic Public Relations from George Washington University. She has 17 years experience producing short documentaries, commercials, managing public awareness campaigns and publicity for nonprofits, corporations, filmmakers, and authors. In 2008, Hovey combined her talents of film and public relations by directing a film “Secrets To Love” which highlighted a non-profit’s work. The award winning, full-length feature film won numerous awards in the film festival circuit and garnered the non-profit national attention. The film was picked up by PBS, screened on Netflix and countries around the world. Hovey started Ovation PR & Advertising in 2013. The firm has clients ranging from celebrities to non-profits and has been awarded the Hagerstown Magazine Hot List Advertising Agency and the Washington's Best PR Firm award. Hovey’s other passions include: dedicating her time to family, being a board member for Goodwill Industries, The George Washington School for Political Management Alumni and the Maryland International Film Festival, which she founded, and serves as the Vice President/Executive Director. The festival was awarded Filmmaker Magazine's Top 50 Festivals Worth Your Entry Fee. 



Secrets To Love

Production country: 
United States
Running time (In minutes): 
63 min.
Digital / DVD
Student film: 
Production year: 
August, 2008
Film Credits
About the Director: 

Tracie Donahue’s career has been spurred by life experiences. After a heart wrenching divorce that left her with 3 children, no job and in poverty she knew a college degree was the only answer. She obtained a Journalism degree at California State University, Sacramento. While attending college, she opened her own production company that specialized in topics that made a difference to our society. She focused on short documentaries, commercials, and public awareness campaigns, some of which have been featured on the worldwide network Current TV.
Donahue’s divorce motivated her to write and direct her most recent film “Secrets To Love.” The award winning, full-length feature documentary “Secrets to Love,” has been captivating audiences around the world in the film festival circuit and changing many lives in the process. Her goal for this film was to educate the public about marriage, and now marriage education experts, teachers and counselors are using “Secrets To Love” as an educational tool in 12 states and 21 cities. Donahue is the 2008 recipient of the Life Heroes Extraordinary Person Award for her work using film to help others. Currently she is working with the California Healthy Marriage Coalition using her film Secrets To Love to raise public awareness about marriage education and how couples can have a happy, healthy relationship.

Film director: 
Tracie Donahue
Suzanne Eckes Wahl
About the Producer: 
2001-2007 HGTV (Gardening by the Yard): Field producer/writer of host segments and guest packages. Focus on gardening, and landscape makeover. Contributed to over 100 episodes of this award winning, highly-rated show. (Screaming Flea Productions) 2003-2005 VIACOM (Good Evening Sacramento): Produced and launched live, daily magazine show. Researched and produced over 200 hours of lifestyle programming. Coordinated needs of large high volume crew, including remotes, studio shoots and multiple edit suites. (KMAX/KOVR, Sacramento) 2001-2003 Discovery, Nat Geo, HGTV (full listing on request): Researched content, wrote pitches, scouted locations, coordinated guests and location shoots. (Screaming Flea Productions)
Jim Eckes
Film photographer: 
Brian Hamm
Jimmy Bell
Cast 1: 
Robin Givens
Cast 2: 
John Gray
Cast 3: 
Jack Gallagher
Film synopsis: 
Secrets to Love is a compelling documentary about relationships, marriage and -of course- love. For just over an hour we hitch a ride with a recent divorcee on her journey to find ansers to the questions many of us ask: How do couples get to the "happily ever after." Why is love so complicated? What, if anything can couples do to ensure their marriage lasts a lifetime? Interviews with real life couples and a wide range of relationship experts allow Secrets To Love to navigate swiftly through many intriguing and thought-provoking issues related to love.
Budget Range: 
Between $100 000 and $10 000
Actual Budget: 
Technical infos
Technical infos
Original Film Format: 
Film Sound: 
Dolby A
Video master available ?: 
Festival Selection, Awards...
Festival selection, awards or citation already received and other comments... :
Already selected in a Festival?: 
Festival selections: 

Sacramento International Film Festival

Mammoth International Film Festival

Anchorage International Film Festival

Indie Distribution Fest

Women’s International Film Festival, Miami

Macon Film and Video Festival

Gasperilla International Film Festival

OnFilm Memphis International Film Festival

Charleston International Film Festival

Reel Women’s International Film Festival

Swansea International Film Festival

British Film Festival

The Heart of England International Film Festival

International Film Festival Ireland

International Christian Film Festival

International Film Festival Thailand

International Film Festival South Africa

El Sawy Egypt International Film Festival

Hawaii International Film Festival

RealHeART International Film Festival

Los Angeles United Film Festival

Brilliant Lights Film Festival

Milan International Film Festival

The Accolade Competition

The Sky Fest

Hollywood Ultra Fest

Global Art International Film Festival

Urban Suburban Film Festival

San Francisco Indie Doc Fest

Awards received: 
2nd Place Best Documentary –Mammoth International Film Festival Award of Merit- Indie Distribution Fest Gold Kahuna Award for Filmmaking- Hawaii International Film Festival Award of Merit- The Accolade Competition 4th Place Best Documentary- Sky Fest Outstanding Documentary-Global Art International Film Festival Best of Fest Women's International Film Festival Additional Nominations for Best Documentary: Macon International Film and Video Festival Swansea International Film Festival Mammoth International Film Festival Hawaii International Film Festival Milan International Film Festival
Film distribution
Sales/distribution name: 
Wonderphil Productions 4712 Admiralty Way, #324 Marina del Rey, CA. 90292 310.482.1324 phone 925.755.0131 fax
Publicity Infos
Publicity contact: 
Patty Howell
publicity address: 
1045 Passiflora Ave. Leucadia, CA
Publicity contact email: 
Trailer availble: 
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