Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Groovy Documentary: Married and Counting
In honor of the first official day of the (thankfully) now-shortened Republican National Convention, I thought it only appropriate to feature the groovy new documentary about actor Pat Dwyer and author/photographer Stephen Mosher, who decided to celebrate their 25th anniversary as a couple by getting married in every state that they legally could. Director Allan Piper filmed their fabulous wedding tour of seven states and Washington, D.C., and the end result is Married and Counting, which I highly recommend that everyone go see.
Narrated by the openly gay actor George Takei (Star Trek), the movie is a love story with a simple but important message - that gay and lesbian couples should be allowed to marry. And I must thank Pat and Stephen for sharing with us "the most beautiful, funny, romantic trip in the history of the world" (as Pat describes it). Their personal journey is filled with both humor (a Next Magazine photoshoot provides some laughs) and drama (both men have to deal with some family issues), but the best part of the film for me was seeing their close circle of friends surround them in a warm embrace while helping to make their dream come true in a Vermont farmhouse, on a New Hampshire covered bridge, on a beach on New York's Coney Island, and on the steps of the Supreme Court. And as Pat and Stephen continue to dance through life together, we can only hope that someday soon they will be pronounced "husband and husband" in every state in America.
Married and Counting can be seen at the following LGBT film festivals this fall:
Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (date TBD)
Portland Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (TBD)
Out On Film, Atlanta (Oct. 5)
Austin Gay & Lesbian International Film Festival (Oct. 6)
Tacoma Film Festival (TBD)
ImageOut: The Rochester Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival (Oct. 13)
Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (Oct. 16)
Creative Alliance, Baltimore (Nov. 1)
For more information, visit www.MarriedAndCounting.com. You can also become a fan of the film on Facebook and Twitter.