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In 2014, we premiered our film about long-term relationships, That’s Not Us, at the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco. Happily, our festival run ended with a distribution deal with Strand Releasing and a wedding. Our director/writer Will Sullivan and DP/writer Derek Dodge were married soon after.
“As one of the many individuals that got hitched recently, I've spent a lot of time reflecting on what it means to be married. Part learning curve, part melding of minds, and part quieting my inner fears & doubts. Which is fair, since the journey from fiancés to husbands happened rather quickly,” says director Will Sullivan. “It’s also an important time to #KeepKissing and elevate LGBTQ stories.”
Expanding on the themes of That’s Not Us, we are embarking on a new filmmaking venture - a documentary and narrative hybrid film about same-sex marriage called The Ring Thing. And we want you to be a part of it.
This is why we have launched this "Crowdsourcing for Stories" campaign. We don’t want your money - just your thoughts on marriage. Whether you are married, divorced, engaged, or single, you are invited to share your stories by submitting here. Send us a message and we'll get in touch.
The Ring Thing will combine documentary and narrative storytelling to explore what marriage looks like today. Sarah, the protagonist, comes across her estranged father’s wedding ring, while helping her newly divorced mother move again. This discovery sparks a discussion of marriage with her longtime girlfriend Kristen, who suddenly seems ready to take the next step. Sarah, finding herself at odds with Kristen’s expectations, is forced to confront her apprehensions towards the institution.
Encouraged by those around her, Sarah begins to explore her issues with marriage through her documentary film work. Incorporating interviews with real married and divorced same-sex couples, Sarah makes a film investigating what marriage means.
“As an ally, I feel like one of the most important things for me to do is listen - making this documentary is an opportunity to do that” says producer and actor Sarah Wharton, who is playing the role of Sarah in the film. “We also want to diversify the experiences we are reflecting on screen as much as possible, and we felt like by reaching out through crowdfunding, we’ll get to hear in their own words and voices, which is essential for this story.”
We can't wait to hear from you.