|ONE: A STORY OF LOVE AND EQUALITY|
|Winner: Best Director Documentary Feature|
|Cast: ||Becca Roth, Melina Marini, Sarah Blair, Tyler McCall, Eric Campbell, Jenn Dawson-Rodriguez, Christy Dawson-Rodriguez, Helen Bishop, Susan Grider , Kay Nelson, Maddy Goss , Lucas Harris, Tracy Hollister , Tim Wilkins , Jimmy Creech , Bill Campbell, Phil Cohen , Ramona Timm, Buddy Timm|
|Crew: ||Executive Producers: Becca Roth, Melina Marini - Producers: Becca Roth, Melina Marini - Screenwriters: Becca Roth - Cinematographer: Becca Roth - Editor: Becca Roth - Composer: Craig Honeycutt
In the months leading up to the vote on North Carolina's Amendment One, which would remove legal recognition for all couples that are not a married man and woman, a lesbian couple seeks to understand the personal stories of people on both sides, with the desire to relate as human beings, gain insight into the global gay marriage debate, and start a dialog.
Becca Roth has always loved telling stories. She made her first short film as a shy seventeen-year-old, and after experiencing the terrifying vulnerability of putting herself out there and showing her work to an audience, she knew she wanted to spend the rest of her life making movies.
After college, she wrote and directed Rain in Summer, an independent short film about love, loss and self-acceptance. It went on to screen at dozens of film festivals and picked up several awards along the way.
Becca's first feature-length documentary, One: A Story of Love and Equality, screened all over the country and won dozens of awards.
Lucky Penny is Becca's on-screen acting debut. She can't wait to share this film with the world!
She works as a freelance producer, and lives in Brooklyn with her fiancée and two dog-like cats.
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Marriage equality is a huge social issue facing our country right now, and it's dividing us. But I don't think that it needs to divide us. I think that it could be something that brings us closer together.
Even if we wake up tomorrow and gay marriage is the law of the land, there will still be millions of people who are against it and who don't understand why this is happening. I think it's more productive for us to understand why people are fighting for what they're fighting for than to yell at those who disagree with us and shut them out.
Let's just say for simplicity's sake that half of the population supports gay marriage and half of the population is against it. Those of us who support it know that we are comprised of rational, passionate, intelligent human beings. Half of the population is not just full of anti-moral, crazy sinners. Well, on the other side of the coin, I find it hard to believe that the other half of the population is just full of irrational two-dimensional bigots who go around hating things for fun. We all come from somewhere, and we all have reasons for arriving at where we are.
Let's say that I'm a heterosexual woman who grew up in a very conservative small town, went to a conservative church every Sunday, and everyone in my life went to the same church where we've been told that not only is homosexuality a sin but that it is a sin to not be against it and to allow it to take place in the world. All of the people in my life who I love and trust believe this too. Now let's say that I'm at a pro-family rally, and a stranger who I've never met comes up and yells at me and tells me that I'm a hateful bigot and that I have no business sticking my nose in something that I have no personal stake in. Am I going to calmly respond with, "Oh, you're right. I am consciously butting in just to be annoying and to make your life harder"? No. I, like any other person, will put my guard up, and maybe I'll yell back. And then we'll keep yelling back and forth, and we'll tune each other out, and we'll view each other as two-dimensional enemies. Our opposing beliefs will be solidified even further.
So the point of this film is to take a step back and listen to those who disagree with us, because we're all coming from somewhere. We didn't grow out of a hate factory assembly line. All of us, on both sides, are real, flesh-and-blood people, and we all have reasons for why we feel the way that we do. My hope is that in taking a step back, we will gain more understanding and insight into the lives of the human beings on the "other side" and work this out as people.