THE RING THING
From the filmmakers of That's Not Us comes a new feature about relationship and commitment.
When Sarah accidentally proposes to her girlfriend in Provincetown, she finds herself at odds with her partner's expectations of their future. The mixup sends both women on different journeys of marital exploration. Sarah, a documentary filmmaker, begins interviewing same-sex couples in an attempt to overcome her fear of divorce. Kristen, who's ready to tie the knot, sees a future version of her life with Sarah where career and passion threaten to pull the women apart.
Integrating interviews with real couples, The Ring Thing explores the intimate constructs of marriage and what it means to be committed - to your partner and to yourself.
Directed by Will Sullivan
Written by Will Sullivan and Derek Dodge
Produced by Sarah Wharton and Jess Weiss
Starring Nicole Pursell, Sarah Wharton, Matt Connolly, and Cheryl Pickett
A graduate of NYU, William is one of the only students in the school’s history to graduate with a double BFA in Film Production and Drama. Most recent features include PERCIVAL'S BIG NIGHT, THAT'S NOT US and JANE WANTS A BOYFRIEND. JANE was acquired by FilmBuff for a 10-city theatrical release in 2016, recently won the Best Actress and Best Ensemble Awards from the Napa Valley Film Festival. THAT'S NOT US was released as a Netflix Exclusive by Stand Releasing, and played over 35 film festivals in 2015.
Derek Dodge is a director, producer and cinematographer. He creates multi-platform content for celebrities like Patrick Dempsey and Katie Couric, and major TV networks like CNN and the Discovery Channel. He is a former CNN producer and Travel Channel video journalist. He earned a degree in Cinematography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Sarah is an award-winning producer and actor based in New York City. Her feature "That’s Not Us" played at over 35 festivals around the world and was released as a Netflix exclusive through Strand Releasing. She currently works in development with The Spangler Group - a film, television and theater production company currently developing "Happy Trails", a Broadway-bound musical written by Tony and Oscar-winner, Marshall Brickman (Jersey Boys) and composed by Oscar-winner, T. Bone Burnett ("Crazy Heart"). She is currently in pre-production for "Bite Me", a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits her with Executive Producer Jack Lechner ("Blue Valentine”).
Jess Weiss is a New York-based producer, with over thirty short films and fifteen features under her belt. Her movies have been selected for international festivals worldwide, more recently in the Festival de Cannes and Camerimage. She has worked alongside Jim Jarmusch, Patrick Stewart, Christine Vachon, James Schamus, and Daniel Radcliffe, among others. Her short film TAINTED IN RED was picked up for distribution by Gonella Productions and IndieFlix. She was an associate producer on the feature KNUCKLEHEAD, starring Academy Award nominee Alfre Woodard, which was the opening night film at the New Voices in Black Cinema. She was also an associate producer in the feature LET ME MAKE YOU A MATYR, starring Mark Boone Jr. and Marilyn Manson. Upcoming projects include WE GO TOGETHER!, a Brazilian feature film set to premiere in the spring of 2016, on which she was an executive producer.