United States, 2015, 11min
Format: Digital (screening) - 2K (shooting)
Festival Year: 2016
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|Cast: ||Whitney Mixter, Shelli Boone, Ally Iseman, Christine Moore, Sally Kirkland, Guinevere Turner, Drew Droege, Noelle Messier, Rocco Kayiatos|
|Crew: ||Producers: Puppett ., Ally Iseman, Christine Moore, Marvin Glover - Screenwriters: Guinevere Turner - Cinematographer: Olivia Kuan - Editor: Puppett ., Lise Johnson -
Set before the SCOTUS ruling of June 2015, Wedlocked is a farcical comedy taking on the ridiculous laws that governed gay divorce. Sydney & Cameron are a happily engaged couple who are looking forward to their big day. There's one obstacle; Sydney is still married to Lisa, and as their home state won't recognize their marriage, a divorce is impossible.
Puppett started directing and making short films in 2002. After obtaining a BFA in Film and Digital Video, Puppett spent some time editing films and working as an independent contractor in Philadelphia, PA and in the Washington, DC area before moving west to Los Angeles, CA, where she now resides. A piece of her heart will always be in the City of Brotherly Love, where she made her award-winning short film Time Spent.
She currently works as an editor and is also training weekly at an acting conservatory. Her acting and editing experience inform her directing work. She strives to tell stories not often discussed that explore grey areas of human morality.
Wedlocked is a very personal story for me. I was engaged in early 2012, and my fiancé tried to convince me to elope with her in NYC, since New York had legalized same-sex marriage the year before. After our breakup in early 2013, I realized that had we eloped, we would have been stuck and unable to divorce until gay marriage was (re)legalized in California. Like many LGBT couples, I hadn't considered all of the implications of getting married in a state where same-sex marriage was legal while living in a state where it was not. Fortunately, Prop 8 was overturned in June of that same year.
Seeing my friends’ lived experiences hammered home the vital importance of this topic that was going unconsidered and overlooked. I have a couple of good friends in Pennsylvania who were stuck in marriages, one for three years and one for ten years. Though Pennsylvania has joined the growing list of states that now recognize gay marriage, many still do not.
In 2013, while working for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, I had the honor of filming the first same-sex wedding in Los Angeles after the repeal of Prop 8, which he officiated. I recently met a friend who is moving to Los Angeles in order to fulfill California's residency requirements for the purpose of divorcing his partner. It is important to me that this topic comes to light and I am passionate about starting a powerful dialogue. It is time we talk about true marriage equality, which includes divorce.