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posted 11 October 2005 05:20 AM      Profile for Hephaestion   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I first caught wind of this on the forum, and thought it was worth passing on...

First, the story of the movie

When a bank robber's bullet ends the life of police officer Lois Marrero, her wife of thirteen years, Mickie, is honored as her surviving spouse but denied all pension benefits. When Sam, an Oklahoma rancher, loses his beloved husband of 22 years, long-estranged cousins of his late spouse try to lay claim to everything Sam has. As Mickie and Sam's lives are put on trial, they are forced to confront the tragic reality that in the eyes of the law their marriages mean nothing. From an historical trip to the Middle Ages, to gay hippies storming the Manhattan marriage bureau in 1971, Tying the Knot digs deeply into the past and present to uncover the meaning of civil marriage in America today.


Festival awards and honors include:

Top Documentary Award for Excellence, Frameline International Film Festival
Best Documentary and Audience Award favorite, Fresno Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Best Documentary, Ft. Worth Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Best Documentary and Audience Award favorite, Tampa Film Festival
Honorable Mention, Montreal Festival of World Film
Best Documentary, Seattle Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

And now, for an update:

If you remember Sam, the farmer in Tying the Knot, here is the latest not so good news.

After being evicted from his home by a band of greedy cousins of his late husband, Sam went to live in a small rundown house that he bought with the little savings he had left after his legal battle. That house (more of a shack) is in the film. (The one missing the floor.)

The cousins are now trying to take Sam's new home from him claiming he owes them back rent. According to the legal analysis it looks like they will again be successful.

This turn of events is pretty depressing. Talk about kicking someone when they're down . . . This elderly guy, who lost pretty much everything due to greed, bigotry and crappy laws now stands to lose the rest.

If you aren't familiar with Sam's story or you would like to get Tying the Knot into the hands of people who need to see it (the ones who don't get why marriage is important) you can buy a copy at our website"

Jim de Seve
Director, Tying the Knot

Babblers: I also have access to Sam's snail mail address if anyone would like to send him a donation or just a letter of support. If you do, send me a PM and I will forward it to you...

[ 11 October 2005: Message edited by: Hephaestion ]

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