Moving, Still Pictures Document Advent of Gay Family Equality

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Wednesday August 29, 2007

The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University is set to present Henry Corra & Charlene Roule's film festival favorite documenting the lives of seven Massachusetts couples on their way to full marriage equality, Same Sex America.

The film sets the stories of real life Massachusetts families against the political backdrop of the tense, emotional days that defined the constitutional convention that might have slammed the door on loving life partners for no reason but their genders.

Says the screening's press release, "The film captures
all the nuance of what may be the defining chapter in the history of the gay and lesbian struggle for equal rights."

Same Sex America has received the Audience Choice Award: Best Documentary, 2005 at the Provincetown Film Festival, and was the Grand Jury Finalist at the Full Frame Festival.

The documentary also garnered Official Selection status at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Nantucket Film Festival, and The Independent Film Festival of Boston.

Photos by Boston-based photographer Amber Davis Tourlentes will round out the thematic concerns of the film. The exhibit of Tourlentes' work, drawn from three of the artist's portfolios, focuses on same-sex families and the area's GLBT community.

Says the press release, "Photographs by Tourlentes explore the familial identities and demographics within LGBT community and families through formal portraiture, both within the home and during Provincetown's Family Week.

"In the Swag series, Tourlentes collects and creates images from various ephemera handed out at Boston's Gay Pride festivities. The images function as a type of evidence, and demonstrate the ever-changing market trends within, and corporate outreach to, the LGBT community."

Tourlentes, the press release details, "has been involved with several activist and legal coalitions serving the same sex parented, and gay community, such as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the Humanity Rights Campaign, FamilyPride, and Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere."

The screening and exhibition will take place at the Art Institute of Boston Gallery at University Hall, 1815 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138, and is slated to run from August 31 - October 6.

A reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 6, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and are open to the public.

Gallery hours: Tuesday through Friday 12-8pm; Saturday & Sunday 12-5pm.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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