Rough Cut Almost Done – Looking For Lawn Sign Photos

Rough Cut Almost Done – Looking For Lawn Sign Photos

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted an update on the marriage equality movie that you and others helped fund. We’re just weeks away from reaching an important milestone — a rough cut of the entire film. It’s obviously taken longer than anticipated to get here, and I thank you for your patience. Once the rough cut is done, there will still be more work to do with adding music, animation and graphics. But we’re getting really close.

This is a community film project. Meaning you, as part of the community, are not only helping us fund it — but also help us make it. I have a couple of things you may be able to help us with in finishing this important film.

I have a section of the film that talks about lawn signs. People in the movie talk about how there were lots and lots of orange “vote no” lawn signs compared to the number of “vote yes” signs. I need photos (or video) of those lawn signs to help drive home the point that opposition to the “marriage amendment” was strong. If you have a photo or a video you made that shows one or more vote no (or vote yes) lawn signs and you’re willing to let me use it for the movie, please email me at michael.mcintee@theuptake.org

Also, I’m looking for additional video and photos of people celebrating on the days after the House and then the Senate passed the marriage equality law. Again, if you have photos or video you shot, please contact me.

I am so looking forward to you seeing the finished movie!

Sincerely,

Michael McIntee

Marriage Equality Movie Featured On “Democratic Visions”

Marriage Equality Movie Featured On “Democratic Visions”

This week I sat down with Tim O’Brien of “Democratic Visions” to discuss our in-progress documentary about how Minnesota went from no to yes on marriage equality.

The interview is a nice summation of what the movie is about, why we’re making it and what can be learned from the victory in Minnesota. There’s also some behind-the-scenes video of what it took to make the movie.

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Good news: We doubled your money for the Marriage Equality movie

A lot of good stuff is happening for the Marriage Equality movie you helped fund.

I showed some video clips from our Marriage Equality movie to judges at the Minnesota Film and TV Board. They liked what they saw so much that they’re essentially doubling the money that you donated to make this movie. It’s part of the Minnesota Filmmakers Legacy Reimbursement fund — which comes from Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. Once the film is finished, they will reimburse me up to $24,000 for production costs. I believe in this movie so much that I’m willing to spend those dollars out of my own pocket and eventually get reimbursed by the state.

The judges who provided the award to us said, “there is a need for this story to be told”. I know you agree.

Those extra dollars mean we’ve been able to shoot a little more than we originally planned, which has taken more time than we originally planned. But our primary filming is completed, thanks to the great team at Blue Moon Productions, and now we’re doing the editing.

Earlier this month, I took some of the video clips you’ve seen posted here to Netroots Nation in Detroit; I was asked to speak about the project as part of the film series Reel Action To Real Action: A Showcase of Activism and Film. People liked what they saw — and just like you, want to see the finished film when it comes out.

I’m making progress toward finishing the film and will share more of what’s happening as we go through the edit and post-production process. They’ll be posted here and at www.MarriageEqualityMovie.com

Friday marks the one-year anniversary of marriage equality becoming legal in Minnesota! How has life changed for you or someone you know in that time? I’d like to hear about it. Please share it in the comments section below.

Michael McIntee
Executive Producer

Filming Has Started For Marriage Equality Documentary

Filming Has Started For Marriage Equality Documentary

It’s taken more time than we wanted, but the field production of our marriage equality documentary is finally underway. Thanks to the support of Blue Moon Productions and some wonderful volunteers, we are stretching those Kickstarter dollars you graciously gave us to make the best possible movie about how Minnesota went from no to yes on marriage equality.

We recently sat down with Richard Carlbom, who oversaw the Minnesota United For All Families campaign, to talk about his crucial role in the marriage equality battle. He told us about the day the marriage discrimination amendment passed in the legislature and his reaction to it. I’ve included the clip here because I think it sums up the tone of the campaign that ultimately led to marriage equality in Minnesota.

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Thank You And What’s Next

Thanks to your help, we’ve raised the amount we need to make our Marriage Equality movie.

But we are not done!

We also want your help in shaping this movie. Do you know someone we should interview? We’re looking for people with stories about how they got their friends and neighbors to support marriage equality, as well as how this issue impacted them personally. Do you have video or photos that show what happened in Minnesota? Please contact us if you can help us in this area.

If you know others who did not get a chance to participate we are still accepting donations either by check to the UpTake Institute, 1043 Grand Avenue, Suite 354, Saint Paul, MN 55105 or through GiveMN. Just designate in the check memo that you want it to go to the “marriage equality movie.”

And…we are planning to raise more money to promote and expand distribution of the movie once it is finished. So keep us in mind and let your friends know. This is a “Community Filmmaking” project. We’re going to provide updates on the movie here as we layout our production. Thank you for your support!

Michael McIntee
Executive Producer
The UpTake

Must-See Photo From This Morning’s Wedding

Must-See Photo From This Morning’s Wedding

What an incredible night!

We were up late shooting the final scene for our Marriage Equality movie. If you missed the midnight wedding, you can see it all here.

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone could see this? They will — when we meet our fundraising goal and can finish the movie that you’ve so kindly pledged to support.

We’ll only make our goal if you can get others to help. One way to do that is share our Facebook photo from this morning’s wedding. If your friends support marriage equality, they’ll share it with more people, and we can make this movie a reality.

Michael McIntee
Executive Producer
The UpTake

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