"An Affirmative Act," With Durning, Mandylor, Deas and Martling, to Premiere at Hoboken Film Fest

News   "An Affirmative Act," With Durning, Mandylor, Deas and Martling, to Premiere at Hoboken Film Fest
"An Affirmative Act," a courtroom drama about the legalization of gay marriage, will make its debut June 4 at the Hoboken International Film Festival.

The film, which was produced and written by Kenneth Del Vecchio, features direction by Jana Mattioli.

The cast includes Charles Durning, Costas Mandylor, Eric Etebari, Blanche Baker, Tom Waites, Justin Deas, Jackie Martling, Randy Jones, Elissa Goldstein, Candice Holdorf and Jeffrey H. Johns.

"A slice of life of a young, professional married couple with their darling baby turns a sharp, dark corner when the pair are arrested and charged with several counts of fraud," according to press notes. "The reason: Terry and Samantha Succi aren't the man and woman they purported to be. In truth, they are two women - one, an attractive, feminine law professor and the other, a boyish-looking architect, who worked and lived as a man. Under false pretenses of being a heterosexual couple, they married, adopted their child and obtained their benefits and paid their taxes. They did so because of a state law that discriminates against homosexual partners; they were prohibited from receiving the same rights and benefits as their straight counterparts.

"The Governor, in an effort to protect his ant-gay marriage bill, orchestrates a secret arrangement for a quick slap-on-the-wrist plea bargain – which will ensure both a guilty verdict and a fast end to the case. Terry and Samantha decide to fight, however, enlisting the most unlikely representation: self-absorbed, but well-respected heterosexual powerhouse attorney, John DeMine. What ensues is a massive media covered courtroom battle, with equally divided views and equally plotted acts of legal and illegal warfare. One affirmative act, deciding not only the fate of the women's freedom, but also the Governor's bill and one of the most controversial issues facing the United States, will be had in this courtroom. One affirmative act of justice…or maybe not."

For more information visit www.anaffirmativeact.com or www.hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com.

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