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USA, California: The Case Against 8 Trailer Released

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Prop 8 OverThe new trailer for the Case Against 8 has been released.

Dot 429 reports:

“The Case Against 8” takes an inside look at the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that overturned Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Five years in the making, with exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the powerhouse legal team of Ted Olson and David Boies, who previously faced off as opposing counsel in Bush v. Gore, along with the four plaintiffs in the suit, the film provides a definitive account of the battle that effectively ended marriage discrimination in California.

See the trailer here.

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Gay Film Review: “The Falls: Testament of Love” Stands Out

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

The Falls: Testament of LoveFor our second night at the Portland Film Festival. we saw one of the movies we were anticipating the most – the world premiere of the sequel to The Falls, a story about a pair of gay mormon missionaries, RJ and Chris, who fall in love while on a mission.

The first story was a sweet and fairly straightforward love story; the two guys meet, fall in love, go through some trials and tribulations, and end up together at the end.

The second film is a bit more complex. The Falls: Testament of Love, opens five years later. RJ and Chris spent a year together on the road and then went back to their families to wrap up some loose ends. But then time passes, and Chris no longer responds to RJ. In the intervening years, he goes back to his faith, meets and marries a beautiful woman, and has a child, while RJ moves to Seattle and meets a new guy.

The death of a mutual friend brings the two back together and gets the plot moving, as they try to figure out where life has left them.

In many ways, it’s an old story now – gay guy stays in the closet to please his family and church, while hos lover gets the short shrift.

But the setting in the Mormon church, where this story is still very much an everyday occurrance, makes it fresh.

You also can’t help but feel for the two other characters who become collateral damage here – RJ’s boyfriend and Chris’s wife – as the two start to reconnect.

Another strength of this film – I didn’t know where it was going to end up until the very end. That’s rare.

It’s a well done movie, asking some serious questions about love vs personal responsibility and how our actions affect the ones we love.

The film was shot mostly here in Portland, making the decision to hold the Premier here a natural one.

The writer, Jon Garcia, was also the filmmaker. During the Q&A afterwards, he said the whole process (from writing to final product) took just 7 1/2 months, and it was shot in 22 days (with some of those days running 21 hours).

He’s not a Mormon himself, but a Catholic – but he did a lot of research for the first film, and carried that over into the second. The door was clearly left open for a third film, but he was a bit cagey about any plans.

One of the best scenes in the film involves the two fathers – when Chris’s father calls RJ’s dad to try to get RJ to back off. RJ’s father, who is clearly still a little ambivalent to his son’s homosexuality, nevertheless backs him up all the way against the other father’s bigotry. We met the actor who played RJ’s dad after the show, and he seemed genuinely thrilled that his performance was so appreciated,

The biggest laugh in the Q&A came when someone asked how mant takes were needed to shoot Chris’s masturbation scene (yes there is one). Three, apparently, And Nick Ferrucci, the actor who plays RJ, said he made a point of coming in to watch the filming that day, even though he had the day off.

The actors who played RJ’s lover Paul (Thomas Stroppel) and Chris’s wife Emily (Hannah Barefoot) deserve special recognition for playing their parts with nuance and complex emotions. complex currents of family love mixed messages. Neither deserved what they got, but both handled it with a certain grace.

Benjamin Farmer, who played Chris, also did a fantastic job portraying his character’s evolution throughout the film.

While still at its heart a love story, The Falls: Testament to Love presents a wonderfully complex look at families, commitments, and the intersection of religion and love. It’s coming to other film festivals around the country soon – catch it in the theater.if you can.

Thailand: Filmmakers Seek Funding Civil Unions Campaign

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Visible Silence FilmA separate Cisco lesbian couple is seeking additional funding to finish a film on lesbians in Thailand, hoping to raise awareness to help pass civil unions in the country. Gay Star News reports:

San Franciscan couple Ruth Gamnit and Marguerite Salmon have been asked by LGBT rights activists in Thailand to finish the film before August so they can use it in their campaign for civil unions same-sex couples, which parliament is due to vote on that month. The filmmakers, who documented the experience of Karen refugees from Burma in previous projects, are seeking to raise $20,000 ([euro]15,000) to finish the movie. In an interview with Gay Star News, Gamnit said that she was ‘horrified’ to learn that ‘in a country that is not perceived to be violent… in 2012 the UN called for the investigation into the murder of 15 toms and dees over the previous six years’.

If you’d like to support the effort, click here.

UK: Daughter of Anti-Marriage Equality Conservative Tory Produces Film Supporting Gay Rights

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Big BenThe daughter of a conservative Tory MP proposes gay marriage has made a film spoofing Le Miserables in support of gay rights. Pink News reports:

The daughter of an anti-equal marriage Conservative MP has produced a film in support of gay rights called Misérable Lesbians. A spoof of the original Les Misérables, Katie Amess, daughter of Tory MP David Amess, said: “I have always been pro-gay rights. Misérable Lesbians is a jokey title with a very serious message, which is that everyone deserves equal rights.” “I love my father and he’s entitled to his opinion but I disagree with him on gay marriage,” Katie, who lives in Hollywood, said.

We’re still waiting for a date for the final vote on marriage equality in the House of Lords.

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Scotland: Head of Church Linked to Anti-Gay Movie

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

ScotlandSo much for Christian Love. Right Reverend Albert Bogle has been linked to an anti-gay film, Pink News reports:

The Head of the Church of Scotland has been criticised over his links to a company behind a film that is against the idea of accepting homosexuality. The Moderator of the General Assembly, Right Reverend Albert Bogle, was a previous director of Sanctus Media, the company that has sent out a “partisan” pro-traditionalist DVD to all of Scotland’s 900 parish ministers. Reverend Albert Bogle has also been criticised for allowing Sanctus Media to use his West Lothian manse as its headquarters, when he vacated the building for a separate residence.

Utah, USA: New Sundance Film Takes On Marriage Equality, Lesbian Relationships

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Concussion FilmConcussion’s world premiere at Sundance couldn’t have been more fortuitous, given President Obama’s support of gay civil rights in his second inaugural address on Monday.

The film deals with a wealthy lesbian couple whose longtime marriage hits the skids when one of the partners is hit in the head with a baseball and starts to re-evaluate whether she wants to continue to live the suburban life.

“It’s certainly timely,” says writer/director Stacie Passon. “All of this really calls out the idea that this (gay and lesbian) community has been searching for legitimacy for a long time. And all the hard work has really paid off.”

Authored By Bryan Alexaner – See the Full Story at USA Today

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USA: New Marriage Equality Film Released on DVD

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Just got this:

An Affirmative Act DVDAfter a successful national theatrical release, Kenneth Del Vecchio’s AN AFFIRMATIVE ACT – the first-ever courtroom drama about the legalization of gay marriage – is now available on iTunes and DVD. This historic film, released by Screen Media Films and Universal, will be available on VOD beginning December 4, 2012.

Starring multiple Academy Award and Emmy winners and nominees, AN AFFIRMATIVE ACT tackles the illegality of gay marriage head-on. In this thriller, a lesbian couple are arrested and prosecuted for fraudulently marrying as a “man and woman” in order to obtain equal benefits.

Several states have same-sex marriage on their ballots this November, and Kenneth Del Vecchio – a Renaissance Man filmmaker/author/former judge who has brazenly produced one star-filled controversial film after another – created AN AFFIRMATIVE ACT as an effort to change the law.

Leading LGBT publication Go Magazine wrote, “An Affirmative Act is a masterpiece of artistic commentary.” Echelon Magazine proclaimed the film, “A riveting courtroom drama guaranteed to inflame the passions of the masses.”

This landmark film stars Charles Durning (2-time Academy Award, 4-time Golden Globe, 9-time Emmy winner & nominee), Blanche Baker (Emmy winner; Sixteen Candles), Costas Mandylor (Saw movies; The Pledge), Justin Deas (6-time Emmy winner), Randy Jones (Cowboy – “The Village People”), Robert Clohessy (“Boardwalk Empire”; “Oz”), Thomas G. Waites (And Justice For All; The Thing), Rachael Robbins (O.B.A.M. Nude), Jackie Martling (“The Howard Stern Show” ), and Eric Etebari (“Witchblade”; The Lincoln Lawyer).

SEE TRAILER HERE: http://www.justiceforallproductions.com/affirmativeact.php

Kenneth Del Vecchio (writer/producer) is a critically acclaimed filmmaker who has written, produced and directed nearly 20 feature films that star 75+ film and TV stars, including numerous Academy Award and Emmy winners and nominees. His movies are distributed by industry leaders such as Screen Media Films, Universal, Millennium Entertainment, Vivendi Entertainment, Anchor Bay, Take 2 Releasing, and E-1 Entertainment.

Mr. Del Vecchio is founder and chairman of one of the world’s largest film festivals, Hoboken International Film Festival. He also is the author of some of the nation’s best-selling legal books, including a series of criminal codebooks published by Prentice Hall and ALM. A best-selling criminal suspense novelist, he penned his first published novel at only 24-years-old. He also is the publisher of one of New Jersey’s only daily newspapers, Garden State Journal. In addition, he is the owner of The Criminal Law Learning Center, where he has taught thousands of police officers and lawyers. An avid weight-lifting competitor, he has won more than 40 bench press competitions…And he is a former Judge, who also has tried over 400 cases as a practicing criminal attorney.

USA: New Film Illustrates Pitfalls of DOMA for Bi-National Couples

Friday, July 20th, 2012

I DoWhen Jack plans to marry his new boyfriend in New York where same-sex marriage is legal in order to save his Visa, they are surprised to learn that is not an option. In the eyes of the law, their marriage doesn’t count. That heartbreak is at the center of the film I Do screening tonight at Outfest.

Writer/Actor David W. Ross told Renee Sotile and Mary Jo Godges of Traipsing Thru Films:

“My inspiration has been and will always be the 40,000 plus binational couples that we know of in America.”

Authored By Karen Ocamb – See the Full Story at Frontiers LA

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Maine Marriage Equality Fight Film “Question 1” Opens Friday

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Question 1 DocumentaryQuestion 1, the documentary that looks at the 2009 fight to repeal a gay marriage law in Maine, opens on Friday.

The film recounts the heated fight that erupted after lawmakers approved a gay marriage law in the spring of 2009.

Social conservatives put the law up for a referendum and voters repealed it with a vote of 53-47 percent.

Full Story from On Top Magazine

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NY: Marriage Equality Film Shown in Harlem

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

New York Marriage EqualityAfrican American lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities have always existed in Harlem, residing here since this former Dutch enclave became America’s Black Mecca in the 1920s.

The visibility of Harlem’s LGBTQ communities for the most part was forced to be on the “down low.” But gay Harlem, nonetheless, showcased it inimitable style with rent parties, speakeasies, sex circuses, and buffet flats as places to engage in protected same-gender milieux.

And let’s not forget Harlem’s notorious gay balls. During the 1920s in Harlem, the renowned Savoy Ballroom and the Rockland Palace hosted drag ball extravaganzas with prizes awarded for the best costumes. Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes depicted the balls as “spectacles of color.” George Chauncey, author of Gay New York, wrote that during this period “perhaps nowhere were more men willing to venture out in public in drag than in Harlem.”

Full Story from Pam’s House Blend

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