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The Right to Love (2012)
Also Known As: The Right to Love: An American Family
Opened: 09/07/2012 Limited
|NoHo 7||09/07/2012 - 09/13/2012||7 days|
|Quad Cinema/NYC||09/14/2012 - 09/20/2012||7 days|
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One Family Took Action.
While the passionate debate over the legitimacy of Marriage Equality in the United States rages on, the LGBT community continues to fight for their slice of the American dream. Powered by media, religion and influential anti--gay organizations comprised of strange bedfellows, the civil right of marriage continues to be held just out of reach for many LGBT citizens. The Right To Love: An American Family chronicles one story of courage born out of the highly mediatized and controversial Prop 8 2008 election results in California. A private Californian married Gay couple and their two adopted children fight back against discrimination, ignorance and hate through home videos posted on their You Tube channel, Gay Family Values. As they pursue their American Dream, the opposing political, social and religious opinions that pervade society attempts to strip it from them.
In January 2009, we decided to tackle the topic of marriage equality for our next feature documentary. Although the three of us didn't have a personal connection to the issue nor had any close LGBT family members or friends at the time, we knew that capturing this important debate through the lens of our "straight" perspective (combined with our fundamentally religious upbringing) could bring a different voice to the discussion.
Initially Christina Clack stumbled upon the Leffew family on YouTube. At that point, only three videos were posted. After watching those few videos, we were immediately drawn to the love that surrounded this family and realized that we had found something truly special for "The Right to Love: An American Family". Through the course of getting to know them over the next two years and watching their family fight against discrimination and hate as they shared their love and hope for a better tomorrow to desperate LGBT youth, we were transformed. We realized this was no longer the Leffew's fight or the LGBT community's fight. Regardless of our sexual orientation, as American citizens, we are all in this together.
This film was created to transcend the supportive "choir" and reach beyond through the use of compassionate storytelling. Our goal is to present not only a documentary that reveals the issues in an approachable way, but to ultimately change the hearts and minds of those who straddle the fence on the importance of true equality.
Thanks to all those who have helped us bring this film to completion; the producers who have come on board and invested their money and time, the talented musicians who have graciously donated their creative work, the videographers who kindly lent their film, the post production professionals at Skywalker Sound who expertly reduced our mistakes while elevating the quality of sound, and lastly, thank you to the Leffew family, for providing the bridge to the hearts of the viewers.
We hope this film, and the journey it will take you on, will transform your hearts and minds like it has ours.
-- Cassie Jaye (Director), Christina Clack (Producer) and Nena Jaye (Producer)