The Perfect Wedding Screening Sells Out in Sarasota!


Equality Florida would like to wish a big congratulations to the new Sarasota-based independent film, The Perfect Wedding, for selling out it's premiere screening at the Sarasota Film Festival this month! Sarasota residents (and spouses) Ed Gaffney and New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann are co-producers and co-writers of the movie and have a long history of supporting the LGBT community and organizing at the state level. In 2011, The Perfect Wedding was a multi-Gala sponsor to Equality Florida and helped to support Equality Florida's important work to protect LGBT Floridians.

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Sarasota-based independent feature film, The Perfect Wedding, whose ensemble cast is anchored by Hollywood veterans James Rebhorn (Independence Day, Scent of a Woman, Homeland) and Kristine Sutherland (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Honey I Shrunk the Kids), will hold its world premiere at the Sarasota Film Festival on Saturday, April 14, at 2:15 p.m. at the Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20 Theater, 1993 Main Street, Sarasota. 

Sarasota residents (and spouses) Ed Gaffney and New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann are co-producers and co-writers of the movie, and are thrilled that their local film festival is hosting The Perfect Wedding’s premiere.  “It’s so exciting for our opening to be in the community that has enthusiastically supported our project from the very beginning,” said Gaffney.  “We shot the movie right here in Sarasota and the surrounding area.  We’re really happy that so many of the people who worked on the film -- from principal cast and crew to volunteers and extras -- will have a chance to see their work on the big screen.”

The film’s producers describe The Perfect Wedding as a touching, funny story that takes place in Florida during a gathering of family and friends over the Christmas holidays.  Meryl and Richard Fowler are planning their daughter Alana’s wedding, struggling with an unspoken conflict between Meryl and Alana, and trying to face a newly diagnosed health problem for Richard.  And with that as a backdrop, their son, Paul, falls in love with a young man he believes to be the new boyfriend of Paul’s ex.  The movie was inspired by the 1980s hit TV program, The Cosby Show, a sitcom about an African American family that didn’t use race or racial stereotypes as a basis for its humor.  Brockmann explains: “The Perfect Wedding isn’t a movie about being gay.  We didn’t rely on a coming-out story or gay stereotypes for the drama or the humor in the script.  Just as The Cosby Show redefined “normal” by presenting itself not as a “black sitcom,” but rather as a sitcom that happened to feature an African American family, we would love for The Perfect Wedding to be seen as a romantic comedy that happens to feature a couple of young men who fall in love.  We’re hoping that labels like “gay romantic comedy” will soon be as outdated as “black sitcom,” as we all come to realize that being gay is just as normal as being left-handed, or having blue eyes.”


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