David W Ross best known for playing Gary in the Sundance smash Quinceanera (Echo Park, LA), which won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and an Independent Spirit Award in 2007 has embarked on a journey to create a new movie called “I Do” an intelligent, sexy, romantic dramedy with broad appeal, while highlighting one of the most divisive civil rights, political, social, moral, and religious issues in America today: marriage inequality.
“I Do” will revolve around the character of Jack a British gay man living in New York raising his niece with his sister-in-law. When his green card marriage goes horribly wrong, because he can’t marry the man he loves to stay in the country, he has to make an impossible choice
Many countries, including The United Kingdom, Spain and Mexico, now offer either Civil Unions or same-sex marriage, providing nearly all the same rights of heterosexual marriage. In America certain States offer same-sex marriage but Federally same-sex couples have no rights, with more than 1,300 benefits being withheld, including hospital visitation, pension and joint adoption and foster care – as well gay couples being further discriminated against by paying higher taxes then their straight counterparts.
By focusing on one withheld benefit, immigration, and telling a story that is universal in its themes, I Do challenges us to re-think our beliefs on relationships, equality and love. Gay or straight.
David is seeking backing via Kickstarter for “I Do”seeking a goal of $50,000.00 (On Kickstarter, a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. Why? It protects everyone involved. Creators aren’t expected to develop their project without necessary funds, and it allows anyone to test concepts without risk.) Currently at this writing “I Do” will have 34 Backers and have raised over $4,000.00. Donations can be anything from $1.00 and up and incentives such as credits and DVD’s are being given.
At a time like this in our history a movie like “I Do” could help change the conversation in America, and maybe the world. To show people that same-sex couples deserve the same chance to start families and be protected under the law.
I’m not a rich man. I make no money off this blog and work 8 hours a day, 5 days a week like the rest of you but after posting this I will be pledging $25 dollars to support David and “I Do”. It’s a worthy project. Art has helped change the world throughout history. Lets make that happen again.
Check out David’s Video above and “I Do’s” Kickstarter webpage to learn more about the project and pledge what you can and lets help them achieve their goal of $50,000.00 and make “I Do” possible.
Any and all donations are welcome.
Think of it as buying this courageous (and handsome) filmmaker a drink or dinner for trying to help fight for LGBT Equality using the arts.