Outfest 2012: The touching and well-acted drama “I Do” has world premiere at the Ford Ampitheatre tonight
It’s a good thing that screenwriter David W. Ross had the good sense to cast himself as the lead in his very well-done romantic drama I Do which will have its world premiere tonight at the Ford Ampitheatre during day 7 of Outfest 2012.
Ross is not only a fine writer, but he’s also a very good actor and a most attractive leading man – viewers will be most grateful to screenwriter Ross that he wrote in so many shirtless scenes for actor Ross!
But the film has far more going for it than just its hunky leading man. It tells the story of gay Brit photographer Jack (Ross) 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.
The political point is made without the film becoming to heavy-handed about it. At the forefront always are the emotions involved and the love the characters have for each other.
The cast is first-rate and I Do is a film I can wholeheartedly recommend you see tonight.
It’s always fun to see Outfest movies at the Ford. The movie begins at 8:30 p.m. but pack a picnic and get there early.
Here is a LINK for tickets and more information.