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Tweetable Logline: Two girls, gay dads, a surrogate and donor eggs, a poignant story of family, friendship and gay rights.
Elevator Pitch: “The Guys Next Door,” a feature-length documentary, invites viewers into the home of Erik and Sandro, a gay couple with two daughters birthed by their friend Rachel via donor eggs. In her 40s, Rachel is married to Tony, and they have three biological children of their own. The film explores complicated questions of identity: What are the factors that influence who we become? How does becoming a parent challenge how we see ourselves? Can we control what we pass onto our children? Told with humor and grace, this intimate portrait reveals the evolving roles people play in creating family.
Allie Humenek, Director/ProducerDirector of Photography
Amy Geller, Director/Producer/Sound Recordist
Rachel Clark, Editor
About the Film: This country reached a tipping point in the fight to legalize same-sex marriage. Thirty-seven states plus Washington DC have now legalized gay marriage. This summer, the US Supreme Court will make a groundbreaking decision on whether all 50 states must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. Still, gay families face discrimination. Meet “The Guys Next Door:” Erik and Sandro are a loving couple raising two young daughters. We believe that our characters’ openness, sincerity, and their sense of humor will foster empathy and understanding. If people see what a real and complex gay family looks like, it changes minds.
Current Status: Fundraising to complete a cut of the film by this fall to submit to interested broadcasters and film festivals.