Words of support that House Democrats Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts and Jerrold Nadler of New York extended to a same-sex couple whose union was threatened by the polarizing Defense of Marriage Act are slated to appear in an upcoming movie about the ongoing struggle.
@nikiinthehouse we want to use your Tweet in our #equality film can you pls give me the OK it would mean so much TY pic.twitter.com/lukPmdWiN3 — Caroline Hart (@CarolineMHart) February 5, 2015
According to Caroline Hart, the European half of a domestic partnership that came under fire after Department of Homeland Security agents tossed around talk of deportation following a return flight from her native England, the kind words both lawmakers shared via Twitter will be rolled into “Status Unknown” — a dramatization of the nightmare scenario she experienced at Logan Airport.
@CarolineMHart Of course! We are working hard to pass UAFA (http://t.co/R0rJtGAO) for you and your wife and thousands of binational families — Congressman Nadler (@RepJerryNadler) February 12, 2013
“The film is a short, but poignant lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality and acceptance film, basically driving home why we fight for equality and still need more acceptance,” Hart told HOH about the movie, which is projected to begin production on March 14.
The Harts are seeking donations for the project on gofundme , but have already locked down endorsements from a handful of sympathetic celebrities, including:
Actor Jason Alexander
@IJasonAlexander Hi Jason! Just wanted to see if we can include your tweet in our #equality film pic.twitter.com/kNb0NSA4wf — Laurie Hart (@HartLaurie) February 7, 2015“So You Think You Can Dance” personality Mary Murphy
@HOTtamaleTRAIN Hi Mary:) Just want to know if we could include your tweet in our #equality film pic.twitter.com/gmkqpRItiy — Laurie Hart (@HartLaurie) February 7, 2015
Retired tennis champ Martina Navratilova
@HartLaurie @carolinemhart @goodasyou you go girls. One day we won't have to fight:) — Martina Navratilova (@Martina) February 16, 2013With Nadler firmly on board, the aspiring screenwriters (a second flick, “The Family Truth” is already being fleshed out) are 1 for 2 within the New York delegation: Efforts to recruit Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to the cause have yet to pay off.
@SenGillibrand Please show support & help us get our film made #STATUSUNKNOWN #LGBT #equality http://t.co/1yBVUBr94o pic.twitter.com/w2rZfTRsFq — Laurie Hart (@HartLaurie) February 4, 2015
Regardless of who (if anyone) piles on next, Hart said the plan is to have “Status Unknown” ready for distribution this April.
“We may have won some legal battles but acceptance is the biggest battle and the more we can highlight that the closer we are to achieving it,” the Harts say in a fact sheet about the movie.
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