Same Sex America – it's a great film
You must see Henry Corra’s Same Sex America. Kate and I saw this kick-ass documentary today, which included a Q&A; with the filmmaker and the brilliant editor Charlene Rule. A description:
SAME SEX AMERICA (2005) weaves the stories of seven gay and lesbian couples on their emotional journey to the altar with the dramatic showdown at Massachusetts’ constitutional convention, a vivid demonstration of democracy in action that may change the course of history. The film captures all the nuance of what may be the defining chapter in the history of the gay and lesbian struggle for equal rights. SAME SEX AMERICA is a compelling tapestry of interwoven stories set against the backdrop of what is an historic chapter in the history of civil rights in America. Filmmaker Henry Corra treats his subjects with the utmost respect, and the result is a subtle, richly layered film that inspires and entertains while taking the viewer on an unforgettable journey to the heart of the new American family.
The strength of this documentary is its timeliness — with states dropping like flies, passing amendments to ban gay marriage — it gives you hope that with time, more states will see Massachusetts as a beacon of freedom and tolerance, ahead of the curve. Because several of the couples featured also had children, the film blows away the notion that somehow kids will be permanently “damaged” by living with same-sex parents.
The film will appear in June on Showtime, but Durham, NC’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival was blessed to be the site of the world premiere of this work. Corra and Rule said that even the couples that appear in the film have not yet seen it. There was thunderous applause at this screening, laughs and tears. Corra and Rule have put together a truly memorable experience, documenting emotions on both sides of the political battle. You’ll be talking about this film for quite some time after you leave the theatre.
Here are locations for future screenings of Same Sex America:
Independent Film Festival of Boston
Friday April 22, 5:30pm
Saturday April 23, 7:30pm
Sunday April 24, 5:30pm
Tribeca Film Festival in New York City
Thursday April 28, 4:00pm
Friday April 29, 9:45pm
Saturday April 30, 11:45am
197 Grand Street, #7W
New York, NY 10013