New York -- Justice for All Productions announced today that their newest feature film, AN AFFIRMATIVE ACT, will open in select AMC and Showcase theatres in April.
Written and produced by veteran producer/best-selling author Ken Del Vecchio and starring Blanche Baker, (Emmy winner; Sixteen Candles), Charles Durning (2-time Academy Award/4-time Golden Globe/9-time Emmy winner and nominee), Justin Deas (6-time Emmy winner), and Eric Etebari (Witchblade; The Lincoln Lawyer), AN AFFIRMATIVE ACT gives the audience a unique and in-depth look at one of the biggest civil rights issues of this generation - the legalization of gay marriage.
The film's premise is unique - a lesbian couple is charged with fraud for marrying under the false pretenses of being a heterosexual couple. They did so in order to adopt their child and obtain equal benefits and rights. Defended by a charismatic heterosexual attorney, but fought by a governor seeking to protect his anti-gay marriage bill, a massive media covered courtroom battle ensues. A legal thriller filled with twists and mystery from beginning to end, AN AFFIRMATIVE ACT has been described by Echelon Magazine as "a riveting courtroom drama guaranteed to inflame the passions of the masses."
"I'm thrilled to have created a movie that elicits such a strong response on a topic that is so important in our country right now," says Ken Del Vecchio, writer and producer of over 15 star-filled feature films. "The law, the courtroom and politics are central to this film. But it's the personal struggle to obtain equality that is at its heart. Today, we need to bring attention to this issue so that justice is ultimately served."
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACT squarely tackles the United States' most controversial social issue: the legalization of gay marriage. With the passing of Proposition 8, the state-by-state legislative battles attempting to legalize gay marriage and the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," LGBT rights are at the forefront of today's political arena. In recent weeks, President Obama has announced that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional and has instructed the Justice Department to stop defending it in the courts. Although these are great steps toward justice, gay marriage is still illegal in nearly every state and there is much work remaining to ensure reaching this important goal of equality.
"An Affirmative Act is a masterpiece of artistic commentary."
- GO Magazine
"This is a great step...and a tipping point for the gay rights movement that will have ripple effects
in contexts beyond the Defense of Marriage Act."
-Anthony D. Romero, ACLU Executive Director as quoted in the New York Times (February 23,
2011), on President Obama declaring DOMA unconstitutional.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACT, directed by newcomer and LGBT community activist, Jana Mattioli, also stars Costas Mandylor (SAW franchise; The Pledge), Thomas G. Waites (And Justice For All, The Thing), Rachael Robbins (The Great Fight), Jackie Martling (The Howard Stern Show), Nina Transfeld (The Life Zone) and Robert Clohessy (Oz, Angels in the Outfield). The film also features LGBT standouts Randy Jones (Cowboy - The Village People), Rob Moretti (Crutch) and introduces lead actresses Candice Holdorf as Terry Succi and Elissa Goldstein as Samantha Succi.
Based in Hawthorne, New Jersey, Del Vecchio is a writer, producer, director, author, attorney and former judge. He has directed 15 feature films starring over 50 stars of the big and small screens. He has written some of the best-selling law books in the country including criminal code books.
Additionally, he is the founder and chairman of the Hoboken International Film Festival, which had over 1,500 submissions for 90 slots during the 2010 festival.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACT will open in the following markets:
Chicago, IL (April 1, 2011) - Kerasotes ShowPlace ICON
Secaucus, NJ (April 1, 2011) - Kerasotes ShowPlace 14
New York, NY (April 1, 2011) - AMC Loews Village 7
Boston, MA (April 1, 2011) - AMC Liberty Tree Mall
Los Angeles, CA (April 1, 2011) - AMC Broadway in Santa Monica
San Francisco, CA (April 15, 2011) - Four Star Theatre
Palm Springs, CA (April 15, 2011) - Cinemas Palme d'Or
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (April 29, 2011) - Gateway Cinemas
Other dates and markets to be announced soon.