Real Talkies

Real Talkies

Every cut is a lie. It’s never that way. Those two shots were never next to each other in time that way. But you’re telling a lie in order to tell the truth. –Wolf Koenig.

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August 5, 2010 , , , , ,

Prop 8, officially titled Proposition 8 – Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to Marry was a statewide ballot proposition in California. On November 4, 2008, voters approved the measure and made same-sex marriage illegal in California. On Wednesday, August 4, 2010, a federal judge ruled that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional under the U.S. Constitution and barred its enforcement.


I have listed three films that share intimate stories of same-sex couples and stress why denial of marriage is so unfair.



IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH; Peter Heacock and Pilar Prassas


FREEDOM TO MARRY; Laurie York and Carmen Goodyear

Director’s Statement

How wonderful it is to be a part of a world-wide civil rights movement that will someday actually give us the legal right to marry the person we love! Little by little our voices and actions chip away the hatred and ignorance in society that has allowed gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender discrimination to exist.

As air painters turned filmmakers, FREEDOM TO MARRY is our first documentary. During three years of making short films, many of which have won awards, we supplemented our income by making wedding videos. In the Fall of 2003, as we edited a young heterosexual couple’s wedding, back to back with the commitment ceremony of two women who’d been together for twenty years, we were awakened to the injustice that one ceremony was “legal” and the other wasn’t. At that point we pledged to make a documentary on marriage equality.

After many months of research and fortuitous connections, we jumped into the swiftly moving current of change inspired by the actions of Mayor Gavin Newsom in San Francisco. Celebrating 10 creative years together during the process of making FREEDOM TO MARRY, we were joyously married at S.F. City Hall, on February 13, 2004.



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