There has never been a feature length movie documenting the story of gay marriage across America because it hasn't been legal... yet. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on February 15, 2014.
About this project
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:
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:
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
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Please submit your love story to firstname.lastname@example.org
I will personally read through each story and contact you when I come to your area. Please be descriptive, animated, and very clear about the things that make your love (and marriage) remarkable!
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