THE FILM

ABOUT THE FILM

Stepping right into the middle of the marriage equality debate, I DO is the deeply affecting story about a man forced – by discrimination – to make an impossible choice. Produced by Stephen Israel (SWIMMING WITH SHARKS, BOY CULTURE) and starring David W Ross (QUINCEANERA), who also produced and who wrote the beautifully calibrated screenplay, and directed by Glenn Gaylord (writer/producer of LEAVE IT ON THE FLOOR), this independent feature film couldn’t be more timely.

Yet while both sides of the issue passionately state their cases, what’s left in the balance are families and couples often split apart, especially those with bi-national makeups. Immigration, which most heterosexual couples take for granted as a given, complicates same-sex relationships, even in states where marriage is now legal.

 

PRINCIPAL CAST

Jamie-Lynn Sigler: Alison Federman

Alicia Witt: Mya Edwards

Maurice Compte: Mano Alfaro

David W Ross: Jack Edwards

Grant Bowler: Peter Edwards

Patricia Belcher: Gloria

Jessica Brown: Tara Edwards

Mickey Cottrell: Sam

 

PRINCIPAL CAST BIOS

JAMIE-LYNN SIGLER – Alison Federman

Best known for playing Meadow Sopranos on HBO’s critically acclaimed drama The Sopranos, Jamie-Lynn Sigler stars this fall on NBC’s new comedy Guy’s with Kids. Jamie- Lynn’s recent TV credits include recurring roles on HBO’s hit series Entourage ABC’s hit comedy Ugly Betty.

Sigler starred as Meadow Soprano for seven seasons on HBO’s Emmy-Award winning drama The Sopranos. Her performance on the show earned her the 1999 and 2000 Hollywood Reporter “Young Star Award” for Best Actress in a Dramatic Series, as well as two ALMA Award nominations for “Best Actress in a Drama Series” (2001 & 2002.) She also starred in the original mini-series The Gathering co-starring Peter Gallagher, Kristin Lehmann, Jenna Boyd and Peter Fonda. Sigler’s film credits include Homie Spumoni, a comedy co-starring Donald Faison, Joey Fatone, and Whoopi Goldberg, Lovewrecked, opposite Amanda Bynes and Chris Carmack, and the thriller Dark Ride, in which she stars. Dark Ride tells the story of a killer who, ten years after he brutally murdered two girls, escapes from a mental institution and returns to his turf; a theme park called “Dark Ride”.

Sigler’s talents extend to the stage as well. She made her Broadway debut as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in October 2002, remaining in the role through February 2003. In the summer of 2001, she starred in the national tour of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella opposite Eartha Kitt. Additional theater roles include New York regional productions of Annie, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, The Wiz, and Gypsy.

A survivor of Anorexia, Sigler’s story of her battle with an eating disorder, Wise Girl, was published in 2002 to rave reviews. Currently a spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association, Sigler regularly speaks across the country educating people about the dangers of eating disorders.

A native of New York, Sigler divides her time between New York and Los Angeles.

 

ALICIA WITT – Mya Edwards

Alicia has enjoyed an incredibly prolific and varied career beginning at the age of fourteen in David Lynch’s Dune. Lynch went on to cast Alicia in Twin Peaks, a role specifically wrote for her, and Hotel Room for HBO.

She has starred along side Al Pacino in 88 minutes, Queen Latifah in Last Holiday, Joan Allen and Kevin Costner in The Upside of Anger, Richard Dreyfuss in Mr. Holland’s Opus, Lily Taylor, Tim Roth and Madanna in Quentin Tarantino’s four Rooms, Bridget Fonda and Tim Roth in Bodies, Rest and Motion, Luke Wilson in Bong Water, Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock in Two Weeks Notice, opposite Tom Cruise in Cameron Crowe’s Vanilla Sky, with Stephen Dorff and Melanie Griffith in John Waters classic Cecil B. Demented and Mike Figgis’ Liebstraum. Recently she worked on Pasadena, also starring Peter Bogdanovich and Cheryl Hines, Cowgirls n Angels with James Cromwell and Away From Here starring opposite Nick Stahl and I Do, a marriage equality film with Jamie-Lynn Sigler which also features two of Alicia’s original songs.

Other film credits include American Girl, the critically acclaimed Fun directed by Rafal Zielinski for which she received the “Special Jury Recognition” Award at Sundance and a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award, Columbia Tristar’s hit movie, Urban Legend and more recently Joint Body which premiered at the 2011 Newport Beach Film Festival, Larry Levinson’s Hallmark movie, Backyard Wedding, Peep World starring Sarah Silverman, Michael C. Hall and Rainn Wilson, and The Pond, written and directed by Dan Hannon which also stars David Morse.

Alicia’s television credits include HBO’s The Sopranos, Emmy award winning Ally McBeal, as Cybill Shepherd’s daughter Zoey on the hit CBS sitcom Cybill, opposite Chris Noth on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, was featured on Two and a Half Men as a teacher turned stripper and on CSI: Miami as a serial killer. She was seen in the 5th season of Friday Night Lights on NBC in which she reprises her Season 4 role of ‘Cheryl’ and has been recurring this season on The Mentalist on CBS in her Season 1 role as blind pianist Rosalind.

As a classically trained pianist Alicia used her skills in the romantic comedy, Playing Mona Lisa,winningthe“BestActressAward”attheUSComedyArtsFestival. Asa singer/songwriter her self-titled first EP was released on iTunes and for the last three years, she has been performing her original music at numerous venues including Joe’s Pub in New York City and Hotel Café in Los Angeles. Witt and her band recently performed live on The

Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and her first music video debuted on MTVu and VH1.com.

Alicia appeared on-stage in fall 2006 at London’s Royal Court Theatre in Terry Johnson’s Piano/Forte. She made her West End debut in spring 2004 with Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things and was most recently seen on stage in the new play Dissonance at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Alicia made her directorial debut with the short film Belinda’s Swan Song, which she also wrote. The film premiered at the 2006 Rhode Island International Film Festival and was screened at 9 additional festivals around the world, including the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival.

 

MAURICE COMPTE – Mano Alfaro

Maurice Compte is a Cuban-American actor who was born in New Orleans and raised in Miami. Compte attended SUNY Purchase and began his career in 1999 with the feature film The Dream Catcher; a huge film internationally and the winner of over 21 awards. His next role was in Julian Schnabel’s critically acclaimed film Before Night Falls. Compte went on to appear in hit films such as All The Real Girls starring Zooey Deschanel and Showtime, starring Robert DeNiro and Eddie Murphy.

Compte’s career in television includes a series regular role as Charlie Gutierrez in Jerry Bruckheimer’s E-Ring which aired on NBC for one season. He has also starred in CSI, 24, Burn Notice, Lie to Me, Southland and many other television shows both as a guest star and recurring character. He is currently recurring on AMC’s hit show “Breaking Bad”.

Compte can next be seen in the upcoming David Ayers’ film End of Watch starring alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick and Michael Peña. His other films releasing this year include I Do, premiering as a main feature presentation at the 30th annual Outfest film festival in Los Angeles.

Compte’s is currently in pre-production on the film The Last Gas Station and post- production on the film Blue of Noon.

 

DAVID W ROSS – Producer/Writer/Actor

UK born David W Ross is a multi-talented actor, musician and producer whose experience spans over a decade in the international entertainment world.

David first entered the public eye as a teen idol from British boy-band sensation Bad Boys, Inc.: the group released one self-titled album, which spawned five hit singles, including the Top 10 smash, “More to this World.”

David is better known to American moviegoers as a featured star of the acclaimed 2006 Sundance Film Festival double winner, Quinceañera which picked up both the Fest’s Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award, a 2007 Spirit Award, a GLAAD Media Award, the Humanitas Award and was featured at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival.

As a screenwriter and producer his first feature film I Do tackled the controversial and timely issue of marriage inequality in America. Ross crowd-funded the film, raising over $90,000 on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, which went on to win 12 awards at over 35 film festivals worldwide in 2012/13 including Palm Spring’s International’s Best of the Fest. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect for the romantic drama, starring Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Alicia Witt with Ross as the lead, as it opened theatrically in North America the same month The Defense Of Marriage Act was ruled unconstitutional by The Supreme Court.

David personally picked up two Rising Star Awards for his work as an actor in I Do (Philadelphia QFest & Miami GLFF). He was also the recipient of the Jack Law Award at the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival for his work as an advocate for marriage equality. I Do also won him Best Screenplay at the San Diego LGBT Film Festival.

Stephen Fry recently interviewed David for his upcoming BBC 2 documentary OUT THERE, which airs in the UK this fall, on his time in the band and his current career in the film industry.

David continues to work as a writer, actor and producer in Los Angeles where he’s currently working on his next feature script which he’s attached to direct next year.

 

GRANT BOWLER – Peter Edwards

Born in New Zealand, raised in Australia, he is a graduate of the esteemed Australian drama school NIDA, alongside other notable graduates including Mel Gibson, Cate Blanchett and Sam Worthington.

Grant Bowler will next be seen as the male lead in ‘Defiance’, set to air on SyFy 2013. He has also been cast in the upcoming Lifetime movie, ‘Liz & Dick’, as Richard Burton, alongside Lindsay Lohan (as Elizabeth Taylor). 2011 saw Bowler shoot four movies; Atlas Shrugged, The Killer Elite, The City of Gardens and Remains.

Bowler was last seen on the small screen as ‘Coot’, a Biker Werewolf in ‘True Blood’ on HBO. He is best known for his work as a recurring character Connor Owens on ‘Ugly Betty’ and as Captain Gault in TV phenomena ‘Lost’.

Prior to basing himself in Los Angeles, Grant carried many successful Australian TV roles including dramas ‘Blue Heelers’, ‘All Saints’, “Something In The Air’ as well as starring in the award winning mini series ‘Through My Eyes’. He’s also been seen in the widely viewed NZ crime drama ‘Outrageous Fortune’, where he was nominated as Best Supporting Actor at the 2010 Qantas Film and Television Awards.

Grant currently resides in Venice Beach, Los Angeles.

 

PATRICIA BELCHER – Gloria

In 1985 Ms. Belcher, a native of Los Angeles, discovered her heart’s desire: to be an actor. She started taking acting classes and began performing in several local plays, including Shakespeare Festival/LA’s THE COMEDY OF ERRORS for which she won the 2001 NAACP Theatre Award, Best Supporting Actress, Equity.

A veteran television actress, she has been on numerous shows, including SEINFELD, SISTER SISTER, BOSTON LEGAL, THE MIDDLE, IN PLAIN SIGHT, COMMUNITY. She currently has recurring roles as “Caroline Julian” on the FOX series BONES, and “Mrs. Dabney,” on the Disney Channel’s GOOD LUCK CHARLIE.

She’s also been seen in such movies as 500 DAYS OF SUMMER, THE NUMBER 23, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, FLATLINERS, and memorably played a psychic in the 2001 movie JEEPERS CREEPERS.

 

JESSICA BROWN – Tara Edwards

Jessica Tyler Brown was born in Columbia, South Carolina- a long way from Hollywood- but her parents noticed early on that she was constantly performing scenes from television shows and films. When she was five years old, her parents decided to support their daughter in her passion and they moved to California. From the time she hit Hollywood, Jessica has never stopped working. After a few national commercials and print jobs, she booked a co-starring role on the ABC series ‘Happy Endings’, a recurring role on the TNT’s, Hawthorne, a lead role in the indie feature.’ I Do’ and a starring role in Paramount’s ‘ Paranormal 3′.

When she’s not acting, 7 year old Jessica enjoys swimming, baseball, art projects, learning ballet and tap and playing with her 5 year old twin siblings, Bailey and Tucker.

 

MICKEY COTTRELL – Sam

Mickey Cottrell began his professional career in the acting company of the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis for the 1968 and 1969 seasons when he played supporting roles in such productions as Julius Caesar, S.J. Perlman’s The Beauty Part, John Osborne’s Sergeant Musgrave’s Dance, leads in Jules Feiffer’s Little Murders and Sam Shepard’s Red Cross. Cottrell made his Broadway debut in The House of Atreus, directed by Guthrie, and his LA debut at the Mark Taper Forum in Bertolt Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, directed by Ed Call. After several local productions, including Washington Confidential, directed by David Schweizer and No Orchids for Miss Blandish, directed by Bart DeLorenzo, he appeared last on the LA stage as Nightingale in Tennessee Williams’ Vieux Carré at the Ivy Substation in 2003.

In 1990, Gus Van Sant asked Mickey to appear in his first film role, as Daddy Carroll—River Phoenix’s clean-freak john—in My Own Private Idaho, a scene that Gus also asked Cottrell to write. This led to guest appearances on Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Practice, Star Trek: Voyager, Hart to Hart and more film roles in Grief, Somebody to Love, Ed Wood, Speechless, Hellraiser: Bloodline, HBO’s Mr. Atlas, The Fluffer, Apt Pupil, Volcano, Shortbus, and Jolene.

Mickey has also produced several films, including EP on John Maringouin’s Big River Man, which took the DP Award at Sundance 2009. He owns and operates the LA-based film publicity firm, inclusive pr.

PRINCIPAL FILMMAKERS

Director: Glenn Gaylord

Writer: David W Ross

Producer: Stephen Israel & David W Ross

Casting Directors: Katie Piel &
Elizabeth Shoai

Director of Photography: David Maurice Gil

Editor: James Cude

Costume Designer: Sarah Register

Production Designer: Michael Fitzgerald

Composer: Jordan Balagot & Gabriel Mounsey

Sound Design: Skywalker Sound

Production Company: School Pictures

 

PRINCIPAL CAST

Jamie-Lynn Sigler: Alison Federman

Alicia Witt: Mya Edwards

Maurice Compte: Mano Alfaro

David W Ross: Jack Edwards

Grant Bowler: Peter Edwards

Patricia Belcher: Gloria

Jessica Brown: Tara Edwards

Mickey Cottrell: Sam

 

 

FILMMAKER STATEMENTS

David W Ross Writer/Producer/Jack

I Do started off life as a broad gay comedy. What I thought would be a funny switch on the movie Green Card. I think we’ve all heard stories over the years of how people get their green card; from sham marriages that go amazingly well, to real marriages that go horribly wrong. I thought it would be “fun” to explore a gay man marrying a lesbian in a Will and Grace kind of way.

I was getting over a relationship with a fellow Brit who couldn’t get a work visa and had to move back to the UK. I realized that if we were straight I could have married him and sponsored his green card. But being gay I couldn’t. After talking to a lot of people about the plot points many were baffled and confused about the lack of rights. Why not just move to Massachusetts and get married? Gay marriage wasn’t legal in California at the time, but even if it was because immigration is a Federal level right not afforded to gay marriages on a State level, it meant I couldn’t sponsor his green card, even if we lived in Massachusetts. I began to ponder that there may be another story here, something bigger than “a gay green card movie,” something deeper – and more importantly for me, universal.

 

I had been reading a book called the Velvet Rage. It had some really interesting ideas about what it’s like to “grow up gay in a straight man’s world.” I knew I wanted to explore some of these themes in the film. I was especially interested in the fact that we grow up in a very marriage-centric world where “living happily ever after” is literally programmed into us from before we can even read. This idea about gay men living in a world that they can’t fully access, connect with, was very interesting to me. Maybe some want to. It’s not for me to say either way which is better or right and more importantly how and why people make their decisions. As a writer I believe it’s my job to show a slice of life without any judgments. I think it’s obvious from the script that I’m a romantic but I’m also a realist. I wanted the script to reflect that too. I love films that leave you emotionally drained. Where the action is on the inside. The Hours and Notes On A Scandal became my guide into a world of writing that had only previously been lyrics, poems and pop.

 

I bought a camera and started to shoot photos, mainly to get into the head of Jack, the lead character. The hours I spent behind the camera shooting friends served me well when I was asked to document some of the Prop 8 rallies in California. At Meet In The Middle, a massive rally in Fresno right after Prop 8 was upheld, I was onstage taking pictures of literally some of the most passionate, dedicated and brave people I had ever met. They were at the forefront of the fight for marriage equality; some had been fighting for years, since Harvey Milk. In the crowd I saw so many couples just wanting the same rights as anyone who’s married. And there were families with kids, of all ages. Loads of them. It was shocking for me. That night everything shifted. This was no longer just some film I was making, some script I was trying to finish, this was a very real issue that was effecting people, families, every day.

 

After 7 years of trying to get the script to work it came down to waking up at 2am with a eureka moment and then the next 48 hours writing a brand new page 1 re-write. Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer, who directed me in Quinceanera, once told me “you will know when the script is done.” I was done.

 

I turned to Kickstarter and Indiegogo, crowd-sourcing websites after spending a couple of years in the Hollywood system trying to get funding. I spent hours on Twitter and Facebook and it paid off. We raised over $85,000! It was incredible how supportive people were. With that as a starting point, Stephen Israel, who I had approached years before with the original script and who’s production value on smaller budgets I admired, was able to put together the balance of the funding.

 

All in all making I DO has been the single most challenging, fun, crazy, exhausting, hilarious, stressful, emotional and rewarding experience of my career to date. It was fantastic to work with Glenn. He brought so much to the table including his endless passion and knowledge of film. Working with the likes of Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Alicia Witt and the rest of the cast was an actor dream come true and our passionate, hard working crew made coming to set everyday, even with my many hats, an experience I’ll never forget..

 

GLENN GAYLORD – Director

I heard about I DO six years ago, when, Stephen Isreal, who produced Lez Be Friends for me, introduced me to its writer, David W. Ross. I was familiar with David’s stellar work as an actor in the Sundance Film Festival hit, Quinceanera. The new project, however, sounded like a goofy comedy about a gay marriage, and even on the off chance that it was good, I wasn’t even certain an entire script existed. It was one of those cases where if I had a quarter for every person in Hollywood who said they were writing a screenplay, I would get way more laundry done!

Over the years, I would hear about the project’s development and the many rewrites Stephen had put David through. Due to their perseverance and uncanny ability to raise funds, it actually seemed like they were ready to make their movie. I asked David if I could read the script. To my pleasant surprise, what I read was far from what I had expected. I thought this would be the type of film where its poster would show two plastic grooms on a wedding cake surrounded by a cavalcade of wacky in-laws. Instead, I DO turned out to be a complex, beautifully heartfelt and intense story of love and family. I was drawn to its elliptical sensibility and terse, character-driven scenes. I had never directed a drama before, and this one struck a powerful chord in me.

The story details the struggles of a gay English man trying to attain U.S. citizenship in order to care for his family while trying to maintain a bi-national relationship. I’ve personally been affected by this issue when my step-sister married her Israeli-born wife in California during the short period when it was legal. Despite their state-recognized marriage, citizenship was not granted to her spouse. They were left with little choice but to give up their livelihoods here and move, along with their young son, to Israel. Because of unfair policies like the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), my family has been separated. I wanted to scream. I wanted to do something. Utilizing my skill sets, I knew I had to direct I DO. I suggested it to Stephen and David, and lo and behold, at one of Stephen’s wonderful dinner parties, David got down on one knee and proposed we form a partnership and make this movie.

Fast Forward to when we gathered together a stellar team, starting with Casting Directors Elizabeth Shoai and Katie Piel, who brought such talent as Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Alicia Witt, Maurice Compte, and Grant Gowler to our little film. On the visual side, I was so lucky to work with Cinematographer, David Maurice Gil. We had collaborated in the past, so I knew his sensibility would be perfect for I DO. We both sat down and made a list of shots we’ve

disliked in other gay-themed films and vowed to never roll camera on them. Shooting on the RED MX, we achieved exactly the rich, lush, layered look we wanted. Adding immeasurably to the success of the film were Production Designer Michael Fitzgerald, Costume Designer Sarah Register, Make-Up/Hair Artist Jeremy Bramer, Gaffer Will Novy, Digital Effects Artist Steve Dyson, Composers Gabriel Mounsey and Jordan Balagot., and our Editor James Cude. The entire cast and crew were so dedicated to honoring the message of the film despite long, grueling hours and very low pay, and I am extremely grateful to all of them. After a16-day shoot in Los Angeles, 2 days in New York City, and an extra day in February shooting our final scene, we finished shooting the film and went about putting it together. A great bonus happened in the later stages when Skywalker Sound offered to do our Sound Mix. I’m sure I don’t have to convince you that spending a week on a beautiful Marin County ranch working with the best post-production professionals in the film business was one of the highlights of my career thus far. I’m so proud of the film, of David, of Stephen, and what every person has brought to it.

When people see I DO, I hope they laugh, cry, and care about the characters. But mostly, I hope they feel the call to action to help end a policy which has consistently divided families instead of uniting them.

 

 

PRINCIPAL FILMMAKER BIOS

GLENN GAYLORD – Director

Glenn made his feature directing debut in 2009 with the comedy, Eating Out: All You Can Eat, which was so successful, it spawned two sequels. Prior to that, Glenn was the Writer/Producer/Lyricist on the indie musical smash, Leave It On The Floor, which premiered at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival and was an official selection of the Toronto International and Berlin International Film Festivals, Outfest, Frameline San Francisco, and Chicago International, to name a few.

An accomplished writer, Glenn co-wrote the screenplay, Directed By Dorothy Arzner with filmmaker Chris J. Russo, which was a selection of Film Independent’s prestigious Screenwriters and Directors Labs. It is currently in development. Through his great relationships with Scout Productions and World of Wonder, Glenn has directed/produced numerous documentary and reality programs, including Queer Eye For The Straight Girl (Bravo), Tori and Dean (Oxygen), What Perez Sez (VH1), Show Choir (MTV), My Husband’s Secret (A&E) and Camp Michael Jackson (Sky TV), which followed the fans of the late superstar during his infamous child molestation trial. He wrote and directed the comedy pilot, LEZ BE FRIENDS, and made his mark on the international film festival circuit with his award winning shorts, Boychick, Lost Cause, Little BFFs, and HIV Basics for Corrections Officers, an educational video made during a 4-year stint as a teacher in LA County Jail. Not to overstate the obvious, but his experiences with hardened criminals has amply prepared Glenn for a career in Hollywood!

Born in the very Sopranos-esque Youngstown, Ohio, Glenn was left with nothing to do but develop his imagination. As a child, his only respite was going with his mom to the movies and becoming enthralled by such classics as PAPER MOON, THE EXORCIST, and TAXI DRIVER. He credits this background in fostering his passion for storytelling. He eventually got the hell out of there and attended the UCLA School of Film And Television. Upon graduation, Glenn worked as a production accountant on over 25 feature films, including the much-loved basketball film, Hoosiers, and Jodie Foster’s directing debut, Little Man Tate. Advised by the writer of that film, Scott Frank, to stop crunching numbers in order to concentrate on filmmaking, Gaylord did just that and has never looked back. Known for his ability to jump into different worlds with ease, Glenn is proud to have directed I DO, as it shines a light on the struggles binational same-sex couples face in the U.S.

 

DAVID W ROSS – Producer/Writer/Actor

David W. Ross is a multi-talented actor, musician, and performer whose experience spans over a decade in the international entertainment world. David first entered the public eye as a teen idol from British boy-band sensation Bad Boys, Inc.: the group released one self-titled album, which spawned five hit singles, including the Top 10 smash, “More to this World” and toured Europe and Asia with hundreds of live shows (their first to over 120,000 people), magazine articles and television appearances.

David is better known to American moviegoers as a featured star of the acclaimed 2006 Sundance Film Festival double winner, Quinceañera (which picked up both the Fest’s “Grand Jury Prize” and “Audience Award”, a 2007 “Spirit Award”, a “GLAAD Media Award”, the “Humanitas Award” and was featured at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival among others).

As an actor/writer/producer “I Do” is his first feature film which he wrote and produced along with playing the lead. “I Do” had it’s World Premiere at Outfest’s “Four at the Ford” in 2012 and has gone on to play in over 40 North American and worldwide film festivals picking up 12 awards including “Best of the Fest” at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and numerous audience awards including Seattle’s Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.

David has personally received the “Rising Film Star Award” from both the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and Philadelphia’s QFest as well as the “Jack Law Award” from the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival and “Best Screenplay” from the San Diego Lesbian & Gay Film Festival for his work on “I Do.”

David continues to write and produce and is preparing to direct his first feature in the summer of 2014.

 

STEPHEN ISRAEL – Producer

A prolific indie producer, Stephen is probably best known for exec-producing the critically acclaimed sleeper hit Swimming With Sharks, starring Kevin Spacey. Sharks was recently revived on the London stage, starring Christian Slater, and in Mexico, starring Oscar Nominee Damian Bechir.

His most recent productions The Secret Lives of Dorks, starring Gaelan Connell, Jennifer Tilly and Jim Belushi, and I Do – a marriage equality drama that will premier at this year’s Outfest – starring Jamie Lynn Sigler, Alicia Witt and David W Ross, are currently in post- production. He commences production on Darren Stein’s GBF in September 2012.

Other productions include Q. Allan Brocka’s sophomore feature Boy Culture, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival before playing at over eighty film festivals worldwide, garnering twenty best film awards and was released by TLA; Happiness Runs, starring Rutger Hauer and Andie MacDowell, distributed by Strand Releasing in 2010; Kevin DiNovis’s Death & Texas, starring Oscar Nominee Charles Durning; Audrey starring Sybil Temtchine and Ed Asner; and Dan Mirvish’s Open House, the Musical, with Rent’s Anthony Rapp and Oscar Nominee Sally Kellerman.

Stephen is also a well known and active member of the film festival community, having served as a programmer and board member at the Slamdance film festival for over 10 years, and assistant programmer and senior volunteer for Outfest (the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian film festival) and on festival juries ranging from the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian film festival, to Festroia in Portugal and Cinefest Miskolc in Hungary.

An Internet pioneer, he was Sr. VP Development & Acquisitions at American Cybercast, the team that produced The Spot, the world’s first internet-based episodic soap

opera. Stephen’s extensive corporate experience also includes being VP New Business Development at Turner Broadcasting Systems, strategic planning at Warner Bros. and four years as a management consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton. He’s also a trained rocket scientist (no kidding, he designed semiconductors for satellites).

 

JAMES CUDE – Editor

James Cude is an award winning editor with an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. FilmcreditsincludethedocumentariesPageant(Slamdance,2008)andBlock 57; and narratives: Undocumented, starring Peter Stomare and Scott Mechlowicz; Rubdown (Outfest, Frameline 2010), Reunion (HBO), and Zombies and Assholes. Televisioncredits: Haunted Highway (SyFy) Auction Kings (Discovery), Factor Faked: Paranormal Files (SyFy), Age of Love (NBC), StuntBusters (Speed), Beyond the Bull (TLC), Crime 360 (A&E). In his spare time, Jim plays water polo, and recently had the distinction of being the oldest American ever to compete in that sport by competing with the United States National Team at the Deaflympics in Taiwan.

 

DAVID MAURICE GIL – Cinematographer

David Maurice Gil, a native of Southern Arizona, is an accomplished freelance cinematographer. David built a reputation for himself by uniting a style that blends his talents in reality shooting, photojournalism and his natural narrative work. Graduating from

the University of Arizona with a bachelor of Fine Arts in Media Arts and a minor in Mexican American Studies and already a talented still photographer, his pieces can be seen nationally in television and in magazines. His work in photojournalism has won him high honors from the Society of Professional Journalist among others. After filming for FOX, ABC and NBC, as a news /doc cameraman, the moving image led him to work with the larger, national media markets. As part of his repertoire, Gil was involved in filming commercials and docs. Much of this included culturally driven themes and issues. His reality credits include shows for Discovery, A&E, Outdoor Life Network, HGTV and many others. He has also done many programs for MTV, VH1, and Tribune Ent.

David has successfully transitioned to narrative following a career course from short films through commercials and features. His short films have won awards and have been distributed through MTV and Wolfe Entertainment. His recent feature I Do is starting to make the rounds in the festival circuit.