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Coley SohnBy Coley Sohn
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Coley SohnBy Coley Sohn
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About

Dodie Pickerling, a bowling alley manager, and Cheryl Shook, a second grade teacher, are two small town Midwest middle-aged lesbians who've been together forever and lead a quiet modest life, accepted by the community because they keep their relationship to themselves. Dodie is fine with this arrangement, but after they attend a neighbor's shotgun wedding, Cheryl finds herself longing for more. She wants to count too. When she's denied hospital access to Dodie after a bad allergic run-in with a nut, Cheryl decides to dig out an old rainbow flag and boldly swaps it out with their Cincinnati Reds porch banner.

As soon as the town realizes what it represents, the poop hits the fan. “DIKES” is spray painted across the girls’ garage (yeah - the offenders don’t spell so good...) Carried away with emotion, Dodie proposes to her lady friend in front of the small crowd gathered on their lawn. Cheryl is euphoric, but as the wedding plans get underway, Dodie’s enthusiasm wanes. Resentment quickly builds between the two, coupled with the community’s overtly anti gay sentiments. An ugly surge of hypocrisy questions if these supposed god-fearing folks are as righteous as they’d like to believe. Told in the vein of both John Waters and John Hughes, "Dodie & Cheryl Get Hitched" questions if the girls' union will survive, and why they'd even want to be part of such an f-ed up institution in the first place??

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In some parts of our country is okay to be gay. In some parts, not so much. I spent a good deal of time in a girlfriend’s hometown which was definitely one of those ‘not so much’ spots. I was introduced as the ‘friend’ or even ‘special friend’ on a good day. I learned to swallow my pride and play along so as not to make others feel uncomfortable.

“Dodie and Cheryl Get Hitched” is my ode to all the ugly heads that are rearing and also the ones that are buried in the sand. This ain’t no schmaltzy feel good Katherine Heigl rom com. Not that there's anything wrong with those...  It’s a funny, sometimes dark and disturbing look at an institution that gay or straight, is pretty f-ed up to begin with.

Yes, gay marriage is now legal throughout the land which is incredibly tremendous and mind boggling historic. But the fight for equality is far from being over. Segregation was ruled illegal in the 50's and unfortunately that struggle very much continues.  

Change comes in many different shapes and forms and steps and sizes. Getting a movie like "Dodie & Cheryl Get Hitched" out there will help have a positive impact on the trajectory of LGBT civil rights. To be represented is to be seen, to matter, to no longer be invisible. Having a voice challenges people to stand up and take notice and that increases understanding and builds acceptance.  

Stories change hearts and minds.

A native of Washington DC, Coley grew up acting professionally including productions at Ford’s Theatre, a national tour, and even a stint on Broadway. She graduated from the University of Vermont magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with an English major and Theater and Film minors. Heading to LA, she landed a few tv roles, then turned to improv and studied with the Groundlings. That led to writing and next thing she knew, she got all cliché and decided to direct. Her award-winning short film "Boutonniere" premiered at Sundance in 2009 and went on to inspire the feature version, "Sassy Pants," starring Anna Gunn and Haley Joel Osment, available on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes and VOD post its theatrical release. Coley recently wrote the Disney pilot “Me and My Fairy” and is also developing a satiric female-centric half hour series, “House Mom.” In her spare time she flips houses and is also known for making a mean margarita.

Matt got his start as a literary manager with Sleeping Giant Entertainment in 2006. There he began working closely with award-winning writers and directors such as James Manos Jr. (Creator of DEXTER), Jon Amiel (ENTRAPMENT, THE CORE, THE SINGING DETECTIVE) and Victor Salva (JEEPERS CREEPERS I & II, POWDER). In 2013, Matt moved to Echo Lake Entertainment (NEBRASKA, ROMEO & JULIET, THE JONESES, WATER) where he focuses on writers and directors. Originally from the Washington DC area, Matt graduated from Indiana University with dual-degrees in Telecommunications and English.

As a casting director, Eyde has worked on the independent feature films Breathe In, The Words, Like Crazy, Pariah, Here, Lymelife, Don’t Let Me Drown and Half Nelson, all of which screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, she cast the award winning Amazon series TRANSPARENT, along with the films When I Live My Life Over Again, February, Still Punching The Clown, No Escape and All The Wilderness. Other films include 500 Days of Summer, Behind Enemy Lines, Rescue Dawn and Sassy Pants. For her work on Half Nelson, she won the Artios Award for Independent Feature Film Casting. She is currently in her 20th year as the West Coast casting director for Sundance Institute.

This is where you guys come in… We’ve come to Kickstarter to reach as many people as possible. If you can, please contribute. Not only does your donation help support the issue, it’s also TAX-DEDUCTIBLE thanks to our non profit fiscal sponsor, Cinnefemme! 

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So if making this movie happen and supporting gay marriage aren't enough, we got some really fine perks on all levels, from $10 to $10,000... Everybody wins!  From limited edition beverage koozies and trucker hats to having Lawrence himself officiate your own nuptials, no worries, we got you covered!

PRODUCTION - The bulk of our budget will go directly toward what you see on the screen. Cast, crew, equipment, locations, permits, legal stuff, insurance and food of course are all part of the fun.

PERKS - We so appreciate your support and can't leave you empty-handed! 

FEES - Kickstarter takes a small percentage in order to make projects like ours a reality. Cinefemme, our fiscal sponsor who graciously granted us non-profit status, gets a piece of the pie too. And wouldn't you know Amazon wants theirs too. They require 3% for processing payments.

Risks and challenges

By supporting this campaign, you are actually making the movie with us. The funding through Kickstarter will get us through casting and pre-production on into shooting this puppy, hopefully by year’s end. The budget is pretty bare bones and production will be lean and mean. But the more we can raise, the better the film we can make!

Your participation helps bring to fruition a project with some potentially far-reaching effects. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

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    You are cordially invited to Dodie & Cheryl's wedding! Be an extra in the movie and see behind the scenes action for yourself. Come on people, this is once in a lifetime! Travel and accommodations not included. Also, you'll get a digital version of the movie, a pdf of the shooting script, plus regular updates throughout the fundraising and movie making process.

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    Not only do you get to attend Dodie & Cheryl's wedding but you have your own dance with the bride of your choice! But no groping please... Travel and accommodations not included. Also, you'll get a digital version of the movie, a pdf of the shooting script, plus regular updates throughout the fundraising and movie making process.

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    Speaking of marriage, who couldn't use a little couples counseling?? Have a half hour session on set with none other than the profoundly simple yet astute Lawrence himself. Leave feeling more in love than ever, or not... Maybe you'll find some clarity? Travel and accommodations not included. Also, you'll get a digital version of the movie, a pdf of the shooting script, plus regular updates throughout the fundraising and movie making process.

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