August 15, 2011

The Devotion Project Celebrates Love Through The Decades

My good friend and fellow filmmanista (yes, I just made up that word) Tony Osso recently won best short at the New Festival  for a film about two men who have been a couple since the 1950's.  It just posted to YouTube and is called "The Devotion Project: More Than Ever."  Its the first in what will be a series of Devotion Project shorts celebrating long-term gay commitment, something that we don't hear or see enough of but which is out there.  In fact, in my wholly unscientific survey, it seemed that the majority of couples flooding City Hall last month when marriage equality became the law in New York had been together for 20-30 years.

Anyway, Tony's film is a beautiful study of the 54-year relationship of Bill Campbell and John Hilton. He's currently talking to three other couples in various cities and hopes to shoot more for the Devotion Project in the fall.  This series is wonderful reclaiming of the somewhat hidden history of gay couples which comes more and more to light as the struggle for marriage equality grows. Bravo Tony!

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