“I Do” Writer-Producer-Star David W. Ross says film points out ‘just how inhuman DOMA is’
I’m very excited that the award winning drama I Do, which I saw at Outfest last summer, is hitting theaters on Friday after a stellar run on the film festival circuit.
It tells the story of gay Brit photographer Jack (David W. Ross who also wrote the script and is one of the producers) who has been living in the US since after college.
But an extension on his visa has been denied and he is about to be deported. He does not want to leave New York because he is committed to helping raise his young niece with his brother’s widow (Alicia Witt).
All seems to be solved when his co-worker and lesbian BFF Ali (Jamie Lynn-Sigler) agrees to marry him so he can obtain a green card. But when he falls in love with Spanish architect Mano (Maurice Compte), the arranged marriage quickly unravels.
The film, so well directed by Glenn Gaylord, really shines a light on the immigration issues that bi-national LGBT couples in the US struggle with. Mano wants to marry Jack – Mano was born in the US – since same-sex marriage is now legal in New York. But Jack’s attorney informs them that immigration is under federal jurisdiction and he would still be subject to deportation.
You can thank the Defense of Marriage Act for that.
With DOMA currently under review by the US Supreme Court and a decision due in the coming weeks, I Do could not be more timely.
Ross, not only a fine writer also a very good actor and a most attractive leading man, appeared on MSNBC’s The Cycle on Tuesday and said: “This film is relevant now but it’s been relevant to the hundreds of thousands of people that DOMA’s affecting. Hopefully, we can look back and see this film and realize why DOMA has to go – the devastating effects it has on families and human beings.’
‘As a filmmaker, I just feel extremely lucky that it’s going to be in theaters and on iTunes and VOD the month that the Supreme Court is ruling. I think everyone realizes what we were trying to do with this film. Not only tell an American story, slice of life, but also kind of point out just how inhuman DOMA is.’
Below is David’s appearance on MSNBC: