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There has never been a feature length movie documenting the story of gay marriage across America because it hasn't been legal... yet.

A LOVE STORY 

That's been waiting to be told. 

The wait is over. 

Hi, I'm D'Arcy Benincosa, photographer and filmmaker. I am asking each of you to become part of a story that has never been told before. A story of love, hope, courage, acceptance, and tolerance. A story that is important to me. A story that is important to you. 

This story is history in the making. 

Now is the time for a feature length film documenting the story of gay marriage across America. Such a film has not been made because gay marriages have not been performed on a wide scale before. But something is changing, and I want to tell the remarkable story of this change, in real time, as it’s happening. 

In years to come, the couples, the judges, all the people involved in this change will be our heroes. A documentary film based on the unfolding events of 2014 will connect us to these heroes and to our shared humanity. 

A culture is made up of stories passed from one generation to the next. The foundation of the way we define our lives is expressed through stories told in movies, social media, news media, and books written at a given time in history. It’s time to make a change in the stories we’ve passed on about the LGBT community. 

 The trend in our culture has been to portray our LGBT neighbors as misfits, always on the outskirts of normal society, often so eccentric that we are unable to relate. Rarely do you see a movie featuring gay couples sharing a simple kiss, holding hands, or looking at each other with expressions of everyday love-- these simple actions are the foundation of everyone’s love story. They make art art and love love-- your love and my love. I want to make a documentary film about these everyday, extraordinary stories that make us all the same. 

Thirty-two states in America have stories like this that need to be told. With your help I will make 2014 the year to tell these stories. 

 I believe marriage will be granted to everyone who wants it this year. We are on the right path. History is being made and it deserves to be documented. Not from the viewpoint of hate or of politics. Not from a feeling of controversy or from the idea that this is an issue to be dealt with--but from the singular perspective of LOVE. This film will seek to melt away fear and to tell the love stories our culture has ignored for far too long. 

I am ready to tell this story. My career as a freelance photographer and film maker allows me to hop on a plane or get in my car at a moment's notice and travel to each state as history is made. I will conduct interviews with judges, clergy, gay and lesbian couples and with people who make it all possible--creating one of the most comprehensive stories of marriage equality ever told. 

I believe in people. I believe in the power of love. And I believe that the thing that connects us to each other, regardless of our differences, is our personal story. Our stories are our lives. They are fleeting. They are precious. They are worthy of being documented. 

Because of the scope and scale of the travel and production involved, this is an incredibly ambitious project . So please, give what you can and know that each dollar is helping break down barriers that have already started to crumble. I am also seeking film and camera equipment sponsors. 

Video of the First Same Sex Marriages in the State of Utah:

D'Arcy Interviewed on ABC 4 about Same Sex Marriage:

D'Arcy Benincosa Interviewed on ABC4 news
D'Arcy Benincosa Interviewed on ABC4 news

Click HERE to see the full interview on ABC 4 News.  

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

Making a film is a costly endeavor. However, because my crew and I believe in this project, so we're willing to do a ton of work to make sure the movie is a success. The support you give will go to expenses such as…

Travel Costs for Director & Crew

Camera Equipment & Rentals

Post Production Work (including Original Score)

Festival Submission Fees 

CAN WE EXCEED THE GOAL?

Yes! Please! I've put the bare minimum price it will take to make a film of this scope, but any extra money will help the film spread father and wider than we can even dream about right now. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you



For more continuous updates:

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With EXTREME Gratitude & Love, D'Arcy
(For more about me, please see my bio & website)



D'ARCY EXPLAINING THE PROJECT ON PARK CITY TV!

 PART 2

MOVIE STILLS

First Dance for the First Gay Couple Married in Salt Lake City
First Dance for the First Gay Couple Married in Salt Lake City
Rally for Equality. Salt Lake City Capitol
Rally for Equality. Salt Lake City Capitol
December 20, 2013. First Gay Marriages in Utah.
December 20, 2013. First Gay Marriages in Utah.
Stuart Gaffney & John Lewis. Plaintiffs for the California case for marriage equality in 2004.
Stuart Gaffney & John Lewis. Plaintiffs for the California case for marriage equality in 2004.
Now is the time to tell these stories.
Now is the time to tell these stories.
Grand Central Station Kind of Love
Grand Central Station Kind of Love
  

My niece, Patience, gives her opinion on marriage equality.


Meet Weston & Brandon and their two children. In this clip of their interview, we see why marriage was so important to their family.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Of course, I'm an optimistic person that believes Same Sex Marriage will be legalized nation wide this year. In reality, it may take a little bit longer, meaning the full documentary might take longer than hoped for. But my crew and I are completely dedicated to tell the story no matter how long it takes. However, we will release to backers the interviews, footage, and various scenes so you can gauge progress and know that your funds are being used with extreme care and attention.

After the work has been put it, there is no guarantee that a festival will pick the show up for distribution. If this happens, we will seek release on our own, make the DVDs and find other avenues to share the documentary with the world.

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    {I LOVE YOU} Thank you for helping us out. I will imagine giving you a big hug, and I am pretty sure that the power of my gratitude will help you feel the actual hug. For realsies.

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    {ONE OF A KIND LOVE} I will mail you an original, one-of-a-kind polaroid picture taken especially for you and mailed to your home. Some of the polaroids will be from the documentary and some will be behind-the-scenes and some might just be of the road I am driving on to next state that legalizes gay marriage. But you will love it. You just will. I'm overly confident about it. You will also get the phone call, the Hugh Jackman reference, and the Mind Hug.

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    {100 Ways to Say "I LOVE YOU"} All the perks and goodies from above. AND….wait for it… You also get to be an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER! You will be credited as such in the end title crawl of the movie--and even if your name is hard to spell or has an apostrophe in it (it's French, I know), we will make sure your name is spelled correctly! In addition, you also get a really awesome poster you can hang in your abode that has 100 WAYS TO SAY I LOVE YOU (in lots of cool languages). You will also get an autographed copy of the Documentary on DVD when it's all finished! And, I really do love you. (I'm giving you a mind hug right now, because I know you're gonna give me at least $1)

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    {FROM D'ARCY WITH LOVE} Everything from Rewards 1-4, plus a personal phone call from me to thank YOU! It will be fun. I will start with a knock-knock joke, because I will be nervous because you are most likely a generous stranger. Then, I'll make a Hugh Jackman movie reference in the first three minutes. Yeah, I'll need your phone number. But, I promise, I won't become your stalker (or will I?) (I won't, I promise I won't).

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    {SAME LOVE} Everything from above AND a beautiful fine art photo book of all the images of the couples who I interview and photograph. This will be a beautiful, historical book full of some of the most courageous love stories of 2014.

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    {PRINTED LOVE} Everything from above (brace yourself!) AND a set of 5 limited edition prints from the making of the documentary. These photos will have limited release and be numbered. I will hand develop each print myself in the dark room on the highest quality, long lasting paper possible. Plus--2 tickets to the very first screening in Salt Lake City. (flight and accommodation not included)

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    {LOVE IS LOVE} All of the gifts from 1-7. PLUS, I will personally fly to the US city of your choice and photograph your immediate family. We will spend the day documenting the love between you and your spouse, your children, and more. We'll take photos of the kids playing in their tree house, moments of wonder as they find fireflies, show me their treasures, or just run through the sprinklers. All of this will be captured over a few hours that I can spend really getting to know your family. Thank you so much for doing this one. It means a lot to me as I truly believe that in the world of iPhones and selfies--those timeless, meaningful, and stunning stories of our lives are not being given the artistic attention they deserve. You are getting TWO mind hugs. (these sessions will be completed throughout 2014 and into 2015 depending on scheduling with you and your family)

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    {WE ARE LOVE} Every reward from 1-7. PLUS, I want to tell YOUR love story. I will fly to your city anywhere in the USA, and make a short film about you and the people dearest to you (partners, lovers, children, pets). This will also include an exclusive photo session where you will be able to keep all the images from the session. The images will be made into a beautiful linen covered album and your movie will be careful and artistically edited for you to enjoy together as a family for years. You're even welcome to use it as a bio video on your own website. It will be artistic, lovely, and full of warmth, humor, truth, and, of course, love. (these sessions will be completed throughout 2014 and into 2015 depending on scheduling with you and your family)

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    {A LOVE STORY} I will fly to the US city of your choice and photograph an entire wedding (I will also come to the UK, Paris, or Italy because I have awesome flight benefits). I'm yours for the whole day. I will put my heart and soul into telling your love story on one of the most important days of your life. And you get to keep all the images. This can be for you or you can buy it as a gift for friends. They just need to like my photography (and preferably me). You will also get all Rewards from 1-7. SPECIAL BONUS: A fine art wedding album just for you! ($800 value) Wedding must take place by September 2015.

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    {NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU} My head just exploded. I seriously wouldn't even know how to thank you! I will try my very, very best though. How about a day in NYC with me as your most grateful and official tour guide? We will fly you out to NYC where D'Arcy will treat you to a make over, take your portraits around the city, buy you a cupcake, and make reservations at one of the most fabulous restaurants in the city for dinner. Next up, we'll head over to Broadway to see one of the hottest shows in town. After the show, we will go sing show tunes in KOREA TOWN (or your idea of a fun equivalent to this). Flight must be from within the USA. Hotel Accommodations are not Included. All images from the photo shoot are Included. Plus, you will receive an album of all the images. All things from Rewards 1-7 are Included. NOTE: If you are crazy in bad ways, please do not purchase this package.

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