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by Indiewire
January 18, 2012 10:13 AM
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Project of the Day: Doc Takes on DOMA

"The Legal Stranger Project"

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"Legal Stranger"

Tweetable Logline:

Same-sex couples can legally marry in 6 states and a district, yet they are denied 1,138 federal rights under the Defense of Marriage Act.
 

Elevator Pitch:

Nearly one million same-sex couples are being denied 1,138 federal rights, benefits and entitlements inherently granted to heterosexual couples upon marriage. Although same-sex marriage is legal in six states and one district, it is not federally recognized under the Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which defines marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman.

Through contemporary interviews and verite style footage, The Legal Stranger Project presents a series of personal stories conveying the great disparities encountered by same-sex couples under DOMA, which allows the federal government to merely recognize these couples as "legal strangers."

Production Team:

Producer/Director: Amanda Lucidon
Co-Producer/Project Manager: Scott Anger
Photo Editor: Gary Miller
Production Assistant: Irene Rojas
Fiscal Sponsor: Talking Eyes Media

About the Film:

"While photographing the news events associated with D.C. legalizing same-sex marriage, I met Amy & Alex Khalaf on their wedding day.

"I began to document Amy & Alex through the first year as newlyweds. Through research, I learned that there are 1,138 federal rights, benefits and entitlements associated with marriage. My husband and I were automatically entitled to such benefits. Yet under DOMA, same-sex couples are not able to receive the same rights, even if they are legally married.

"I wanted to take a closer look at the issue to see the personal impact on same-sex couples and their families." -- Amanda Lucidon

Current Status:

In production.

For more information and to support the project: 

IndieGoGo Page
Film Website

Legal Stranger Trailer from Amanda Lucidon/LucidPix on Vimeo.

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1 Comment

  • Cathy Whitt | January 26, 2012 9:26 PMReply

    This is a film that piques my interest ... it is a subject that we are collectively becoming more attuned to, but our awareness needs to be further raised. Things are hard enough in this world, and most of us would agree that love is a good thing, so why do we allow our legislators not to support this form of it? I know of some same sex couples, and while I am supportive of them, I don't really know what it is like to walk in their shoes. This film could provide a valuable public service in teaching us about the unnecessary obstacles that these same-sex couples must endure because of DOMA.