MORE THAN EVER
John & Bill 54 Years
More Than Ever. (July 2011)
'More than Ever' is a doc portrait of New Yorkers John Hilton and Bill Campbell, a couple who beat the odds through the decades in order to live an incredible 54-year love story. We revisit their time in the military, their trips abroad, and their latest challenge: coping with Parkinson's. Their story of devotion is an inspiration to LGBT people as well as anyone wondering how to make love last.
SAY ONLY YES
Paul & Brian 25 Years
Say Only Yes. (January 2012)
'The Devotion Project: Say Only Yes' features Brian Cantor and Paul Labrecque, chronicling their meeting in London in 1986, the opening of the hugely successful Paul Labrecque Salons in NYC, and the serious obstacles they overcame on their way to getting married on the day of their 25th anniversary, the very first weekend gay marriage was legal in New York.
LISTEN FROM THE HEART
Jaime & Laura 10 Years
Listen from the Heart. (April 2012)
'Listen from the Heart', the third film in a series, traces the relationship of Laura Fitch and Jaime Jenett, from their initial meeting and love affair, through the birth of their child, a boy with a heart condition who enriches their lives in ways they could never have imagined.
Anne & Eric 7 Years
My Person. (May 2012)
'My Person' chronicles the lives of Eric and Anne Plemons, who are raising their daughter Jonah in Oakland, CA. Eric, a trans man, met Anne, a queer woman, in Chicago seven years ago - together they describe their romance, marriage, and the birth of their daughter. They also discuss the challenges they face as a trans couple and how they've overcome adversity to become a very traditional non-traditional family.
BUILD YOUR WINGS
Daniel & Vitor 8 Years
Build Your Wings. (August 2012)
Daniel Pando and Vitor Braga Lara are a young gay couple who met in Ft. Lauderdale as teenagers and have been together eight years. Instantly relatable to young people, they talk us through the adventure of meeting, moving up to NYC, and their very modern take on long-lasting love, including a very special birthday surprise.
FOREMOST IN MY MIND
Gail & Audrey 14 Years
Foremost in my Mind. (February 2013)
Gail Marquis, an Olympic Medalist (Montreal 1976), met Audrey Smaltz when she was 43 and Smaltz, a former model, was 61. They'd each had other relationships, Marquis with women and Smaltz with men, but until they met it had never 'clicked'. Smaltz, an entrepreneur who works in fashion, didn't miss a beat when telling friends about her new love, and they soon became inseparable. This story will resonate with the "late bloomers" among us as it tracks the course of these women's incredible lives, each rich with accomplishment, and celebrates their love story.
What is the Devotion Project?
THE DEVOTION PROJECT is a six-part series of short documentary portraits celebrating the commitment and love of LGBTQ couples and families. Each film is under 10 minutes and is available for free online. The series has also been subtitled in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Russian.
Created, Produced and Directed by Antony Osso
A Not-for-Profit Project
Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas
Primarily Crowdfunded through IndieGoGo
What the Press Has to Say
Gail Marquis, Antony Osso and Audrey Smaltz from "The Devotion Project", photographed alongside filmmaker Chris Mason Johnson by Danielle Levitt for OUT Magazine's OUT100, September 2013
Sex Toys Blog
Freedom to Marry Collaboration
In March 2013, Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage equality nationwide, commissioned us to create shorter edits of three of our films in order to illustrate the importance of marriage equality. Here are the results of our collaboration:
Festivals & Awards
The Devotion Project: More Than Ever
WINNER – Audience Award
WINNER – Jury Award
The Devotion Project: Say Only Yes
The Devotion Project:
The Devotion Project: My Person
The Devotion Project: Build Your Wings
The Devotion Project:
May 12, 2015, 6pm
December 17, 2014, 4pm
June 27, 2014
June 4, 2014, 7:30pm
May 24, 2014, 2 PM
March 22, 2014, 1:30pm
January 10 - February 28, 2014
April 16, 2013, 7pm
February 13, 2013, 7pm
January 10, 2013, 3pm
July 18, 2012, 7:30pm
June 25, 2012, 6:30pm
May 19, 2012, 4pm
UK Screenings: LGBT History Month, February 2013 (and beyond), organized by Neil Young, UK Ambassador for The Devotion Project:
May 22, 2013
April 12, 13 & 14, 2013
April 3, 2013
March 3, 2013
February 26 2013
February 18, 2013
February 14, 2013
February 14, 2013
February 11, 18 and 28, 2013
February 5, 2013
Host a Screening
SCREENING EVENT TIPS AND INFORMATION
All six films or any combination thereof are available for screening, either directly from our YouTube channel or projected from Bluray or DVD. Total running time for all six is 58 minutes, with each one running between 9 and 10 minutes.
A talkback or Q&A session is always a good idea for any screening - you may want to invite experts in the field of relationships (LGBTQ or hetero), the laws surrounding marriage equality, or other thriving couples to add to the discussion.
Tony Osso, the filmmaker who created the series and directed the films, is based in New York and happy, when available, to be part of screening events via Skype.
He may even be able to arrange for couples featured in the films to be part of Q&A sessions, dependent on their schedules.
SCREENING THE FILMS:
Always work out beforehand what technology you have available, and test the equipment before and then again on the day of the event. Having a tech person available to set it up and monitor the event is crucial – almost every event we've been a part of has required some tweak or correction either right before or during the event. Being prepared is the best way to have a smooth technical experience.
PUBLICITY AND PRESS:
You can download stills and our heart logo from this site when creating publicity for your event; we only ask that you don't alter them in any significant way.
Please let us see any promotional material that you create before distributing it, so that we can confirm that the information is correct. Here are links to all of our sites, please include them wherever you can:
RECORDING THE EVENT:
We encourage you to photograph, video, tweet and otherwise make the event available to as many people as possible – because even if people aren't able to attend, you can still lead them to our sites so they can see the films. We're happy to promote your events through our social media and feature photos/video from your event on our Facebook page.
SUGGESTED SCREENING FEE:
THE DEVOTION PROJECT is a not-for-profit endeavor, created to be accessible to all for free on the Internet. That said, the films were funded through supporter donations, and we rely on continued donations to expand our reach. We ask organizations to pay a $100 tax-deductible screening fee, which covers any expenses we incur as well as helping to "pay it forward" and continue with our mission, which includes expanding the reach of the series internationally and presenting the films to at-risk youth and educational organizations.
This fee can be paid online through our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas, by clicking here.
We do not want this fee to inhibit any organization from screening the films, especially not other not-for-profit groups. The fee can be discussed and waived if need be, just ask.
If appropriate for your event, we welcome organizations we work with who can hold collections at events or ask their members to make online donations to support the project. The easiest way to donate is through the link above – please feel free to let people know this in your marketing and event day publicity and announcements.
Please contact us through the form below with questions and to schedule a screening!