A series of six short documentary films celebrating LGBTQ love and family

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.

 

More Than Ever - Laurels

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.

 

Say Only Yes - Laurels

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.

 

Listen From the Heart - Laurels

MY PERSON

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.

 

My Person - Laurels

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.

 

Build Your Wings - Laurels

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.

 

Foremost in My Mind - Laurels

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

Bonus Material

 

Bonus Material

Check out the above playlist, which features behind-the-scenes clips and additional material from "Listen from the Heart" and "Foremost in my Mind," as well as a tribute to Bill Campbell from "More Than Ever."

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

Out100: Audrey Smaltz & Gail Marquis, Antony Osso, Chris Mason Johnson

The Devotion Project: Love In All Its Forms

WATCH: Devotion Project's 'Foremost In My Mind'

 

After 25 Years Together, This Couple's Wedding Vows Will Bring A Tear To Your Eye

This Awesome Lesbian Couple Is Really Psyched About Being Married

A Love Story, Seven Decades In The Making

10 People Who Aren't Afraid To Be Who They Are

 

The Devotion Project Debuts Final Short Film Spotlighting Same-Sex Couples

Q&A with Tony Osso on How The Devotion Project Showcases Gay Couples in Love

Photographer shows the world that 'First Comes Love' with new project

'Love & Devotion' event will feature screening of 'The Devotion Project'

 

Queer TV

WATCH: Gay Couple Leaps into a New Life in LGBT Short "Build Your Wings"

NYC Couple Gail Marquis and Audrey Smaltz Latest Stars of "The Devotion Project"

 

After Ellen

Morning Brew – Fri. Feb. 15

 

Autostraddle

Brittani's Video Party: Three Love Stories and an Otter

 

GLBTQ

Happy Valentine's Day 2013

 

New Civil Rights Movement

Start Your Day Right WIth This Story Of A Same-Sex Couple Marrying After 25 Years

 

Dot 429

"More than ever": gay couple shares their love through their lives together

 

Outword Magazine

For the Holidays, Freedom to Marry Lights Up Times Square with Message of Love

 

The Seattle Lesbian

Olympian Gail Marquis and Her Wife for Marriage

 

East Bay Express

A Question of Devotion

 

Curve

Latest film ‘Foremost In My Mind’ features American Olympian Gail Marquis

 

Philadelphia Gay News

Center explores 'devotion' in new exhibit

Philly event sends message to Russia

 

Mombian

Devotion Project Documentary Shows Devotion of Lesbian Moms

 

Movieline

Keep The Lights On Takes Outfest Jury Nod; Mosquita Y Mari Wins Audience Award

Devotion

Huffpost Gay Voices

The Devotion Project: The Love You Save May Be Your Own

To Russia With Love: 'The Devotion Project' Celebrates the Gay Love Putin Wants to Hide

 

Upworthy

The Vows This Couple Share Are Some of the Most Beautiful I've Ever Heard

This Couple's 17-Year Age Difference Is The Least Interesting Thing About Them

 

Award-Winning LGBT Short Film Series Now Available in Spanish

 

Interview: Tony Osso, Creator of 'The Devotion Project'

The Devotion Project Part 5: 'Build Your Wings'

 

Metrosource Logo

Ties That Bind

 

Queer Blog

Celebrare l'amore in tutte le sue forme

 

Towleroad Logo

Be Prepared to Fall in Love with Gail and Audrey, Who Recently Got Married After 12 Years

Gay Couple Talks About Their 6 Decades of Commitment and Love: Video

Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1139

Gay Couple's Story of Devotion Documented in 'Say Only Yes': Video

 

The Most Cake

The AP Says Only Hetty Couples Can Be Wives and Husbands; The Devotion Project Makes My Day Better Though

 

Gay Pride Parade

Smiles Abound: A Video of an African-American Lesbian Couple

 

Sex Toys Blog

The Devotion Project

 

G Scene

The Devotion Project

 

Thought Catalog

The Devotion Project Presents the Cutest Lesbian Couple Ever

The Grio Logo

As Supreme Court readies for gay marriage arguments, Audrey Smaltz and Gail Marquis unfurl a loving banner

 

Momstory

Momastory Series — Meet Jaime and Laura!!!

The Hardest Thing We've Ever Done

 

LGBT Weekly

Watch: 'The Devotion Project'- portraits of LGBTQ couples and families (VIDEOS)

 

Dr She Bloggo

Love Bloggo: The Devotion Project

Radio Interviews

Dr. Fritz

The Dr. Fritz Show: November 15, 2012

The Dr. Fritz Show: March 7, 2012

The Baub Show

UBN Radio: The Baub Show

AM1600

Equality Pride Radio

QTalk

Joe and Babe #101: The Devotion Project, December 15, 2012

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
Newfest NYC 2011 – Best Short Film
Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2012 – Favorite Gay Short Film
Out on Film Atlanta 2012 – Best Male Short

WINNER – Jury Award
Outfest L.A. 2012 – Outstanding Documentary Short Film
Polarifest/Austin G&L Film Festival 2012 – Best Documentary Short

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Slamdance 2012
Frameline 2012
Out in the Desert: Tucson LGBT Festival 2012
27th Torino GLBT Film Festival 2012
Mezipatra Prague 2012
Pensacola LGBT Festival 2012
Olympia Film Festival 2012
Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Festival London 2013
Wotever Queer Film Festival London 2013
Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2013
Kashish: 4th Annual Mumbai Int'l Queer Film Festival 2013
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival 2013
La Guarimba International Film Festival 2014, Calabria, Italy
Reel Pride Winnipeg 2014
Salento LGBT Film Festival 2014, Lecce, Italy

 

The Devotion Project: Say Only Yes

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Out in the Desert: Tucson LGBT Festival 2012
Pensacola LGBT Festival 2012
Wotever Queer Film Festival London 2013
Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2013
La Guarimba International Film Festival 2014, Calabria, Italy
Reel Pride Winnipeg 2014
Salento LGBT Film Festival 2014, Lecce, Italy

The Devotion Project:
Listen from the Heart

WINNER – Jury Award
London Lesbian Film Festival Ontario Canada 2013 - Best Documentary

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Frameline 2012
Mezipatra Prague 2012
Polari/Austin G&L Film Festival 2012
Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2012
Pensacola LGBT Festival 2012
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2013
Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2013
Wotever Queer Film Festival London 2013
North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2013
2013 BUTCH Voices Conference: Film Night, Oakland, CA
Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2013
Maine Jewish Film Festival 2014
La Guarimba International Film Festival 2014, Calabria, Italy
Reel Pride Winnipeg 2014
Salento LGBT Film Festival 2014, Lecce, Italy

Antony Osso - Director

WINNER - Antony Osso - Achievement in Directing
Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2014

 

The Devotion Project: My Person

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Greenpoint Film Festival 2012
Polari/Austin G&L Film Festival 2012
Pensacola LGBT Festival 2012
Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2012
Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2013
Wotever Queer Film Festival London 2013
Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Festival London 2013
Boston LGBT Film Festival 2013
Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival 2013
Frameline 2013
Outfest 2013
North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2013
Reeling31: The Chicago LGBT Int'l Film Festival 2013
La Guarimba International Film Festival 2014, Calabria, Italy
London Lesbian Film Festival Ontario Canada 2014
29th Torino GLBT FIlm Festival 2014
Gender Bender International Festival 2014, Bologna, Italy
Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2014
Reel Pride Winnipeg 2014
Salento LGBT Film Festival 2014, Lecce, Italy

The Devotion Project: Build Your Wings

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Pensacola LGBT Festival 2012
Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Festival London 2013
Wotever Queer Film Festival London 2013
La Guarimba International Film Festival 2014, Calabria, Italy
Reel Pride Winnipeg 2014
Salento LGBT Film Festival 2014, Lecce, Italy

The Devotion Project:
Foremost in my Mind

WINNER — Audience Award
ImageOut Rochester 2013 — Best Short
Out on Film Atlanta 2013 — Best Female Short
ReelQ Pittsburgh International LGBT Fest 2013 — Best Female Short
Seattle International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2013 — Favorite Lesbian Short
Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2013 — Favorite Women's Short
Reeling31: The Chicago LGBT Int'l Film Festival 2013 — Best Documentary Short
London Lesbian Film Festival Ontario Canada 2014 - Audience Favorite

WINNER — Jury Award
ImageOut Rochester 2013 — Honorable Mention — Best Short

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Festival London 2013
Wotever Queer Film Festival London 2013
Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2013
Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival 2013
Boston LGBT Film Festival 2013
Frameline 2013
Outfest 2013
NYC Black Pride 4th Annual Film Festival August 2013
Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2013
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival 2013
Newfest NYC 2013
Fresno Reel Pride 2013
Polari/Austin G&L Film Fest 2013
Pensacola LGBT Film Festival 2013
QCinema Film Fest, Fort Worth TX 2013
Ottawa LGBT Film Festival 2013
Roze Filmdagen: 17th Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2014
Mardi Gras Film Festival Sydney 2014
Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival 2014
Massimadi International Afro-Caribbean LGBT Film Festival Montréal 2014
La Guarimba International Film Festival 2014, Calabria, Italy
Hamburg International Queer Film Festival 2014
Reel Pride Winnipeg 2014
Salento LGBT Film Festival 2014, Lecce, Italy
Identities 2015: Vienna's International Queer Film Festival

Special Screenings

May 12, 2015, 6pm
EOS Arcigay Cosenza
Maggio 2015: No Omo-Transphobia
Bistrot Teatro Dell'Acquario
Cosenza, Italy

Fall/Winter 2014/15
Queers in Shorts
Cambridge Encompass Network
Cambridge, England

December 17, 2014, 4pm
YMCA Living the Life Program
McBurney Y, 125 W. 14th Street
New York, NY

June 27, 2014
Wells Fargo
San Francisco, CA and Charlotte, NC

June 4, 2014, 7:30pm
Outfest West Hollywood Series: Love and Marriage, in Small Doses
West Hollywood Library
625 N. San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
http://www.outfest.org/weho-series/

May 24, 2014, 2 PM
Filmmiddag
DeKringen Utrecht LGBT Organization
Louis Hartlooper Complex
Tolsteegbrug 1, 3511 ZN
Utrecht, Netherlands

March 22, 2014, 1:30pm
The Devotion Project: Excerpts & Conversation with Filmmaker Antony Osso
21st GLBT Expo, NYC
Jacob Javits Convention Center
38th Street and 11th Avenue
http://www.originalglbtexpo.com/index.php?ref=home

 

January 10 - February 28, 2014 
LOVE & DEVOTION - Gallery Exhibit
B. Proud's First Comes Love & Antony Osso's The Devotion Project
Opening Reception: January 10, 6pm-8pm
Special Screening of The Devotion Project: February 15, 3pm-5pm
William Way LGBT Community Center, Philadelphia
http://www.waygay.org/

April 16, 2013, 7pm
Office of Student Diversity Programs presents The Devotion Project
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

February 13, 2013, 7pm
Center Cinema presents The Devotion Project (complete series, including World Premiere of 6)
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
208 West 13th Street, NYC

January 10, 2013, 3pm
Fort Lee High School Gay-Straight Alliance presents The Devotion Project
Fort Lee High School, Fort Lee, NJ

July 18, 2012, 7:30pm
The Devotion Project: LA Screening (Films 1-4, Sneak Peek of 5)
Inspire Studios, 6500 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

June 25, 2012, 6:30pm
The Devotion Project: A Screening in NYC sponsored by LOGO (Films 1-4)
Core: club 66 East 55th Street, NYC

May 19, 2012, 4pm
The Devotion Project: A Fundraiser for Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland (Films 1-4)
Michaans Auctions
2751 Todd Street, Alameda, CA

UK Screenings: LGBT History Month, February 2013 (and beyond), organized by Neil Young, UK Ambassador for The Devotion Project:

August 27, 2013
Bar Wotever, London
www.facebook.com/groups/barwotever
www.facebook.com/events/145574862312482

May 22, 2013
The Quest, London
www.thequestawaitsyou.com/
introducing-the-quest-bitesize

April 12, 13 & 14, 2013
Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Fest, London 
http://fringefilmfest.com

April 3, 2013
LGBT History Group, London Metropolitan Archives
www.facebook.com/lgbthistory

March 3, 2013
Transpose, London
https://www.facebook.com/events/535731963112636

February 26 2013
Bar Wotever, London
https://www.facebook.com/groups/barwotever
https://www.facebook.com/events/368444573252965/?source=1

February 18, 2013
Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Manchester
http://www.lgf.org.uk/history

February 14, 2013
Westminster Kingsway College, London
http://www.westking.ac.uk

February 14, 2013
University of Essex Students' Union, LGBT Committee

February 11, 18 and 28, 2013
Hackney Museum, London 
http://www.hackney.gov.uk/cm-museum.htm

February 5, 2013
Newport LGBT network group, Office for National Statistics
Newport, Wales
http://www.ons.gov.uk

Host a Screening

SCREENING EVENT TIPS AND INFORMATION

THE FILMS:

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.

SPEAKERS/Q&A:

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:

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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.

EVENT COSTS

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.

INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS:

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!

  OUR COLLABORATORS

 

Martina Adwan Chloe Art and Design c5 Sound Freedom to Marry Nephi Niven Photography Living Subtitles Todd Sandler Final Frame Fractured Atlas