"Same Difference", upcoming documentary on same-sex parenting
Same Difference is a cinematic collaboration between two artists raising young sons with same sex partners. Renowned photographer Catherine Opie and award-winning filmmaker Lisa Udelson became interested in the lack of childrens voices in California during the debate over the anti-gay marriage bill Proposition 8. Questions arose for these longtime friends. Do we want to get married? Raise macho men or boys in pink tutus? Observe traditional holidays? Do we want to fit in? Is it possible to celebrate our differences while yearning, even demanding, to be accepted and treated the same?
We are hoping to raise finishing funds to complete this project, which will cover the final sound production, picture work, and duplication. All funds raised over our minimum goal of $15,000 will allow to us to put more work into this final phase and to reach a broader audience.
Same Difference focuses on the opinions of children with same sex parents, ranging in age from two to eighteen. They speak with humor, insight, intelligence and passion about their lives and their families. The film includes their parents and grandparents, including the filmmakers, who daily navigate the landscape of queer family. The interview process becomes its own character of sorts, as subjects reveal themselves in unexpected ways. Additionally, the film is punctuated with vintage film footage to create irony and recognition of the historical representation of family.
Same Difference is an exploration of the construction of family, which encompasses multiple layers of parenting. Subjects include families of single and divorced parents, adopted and multi-racial families, as well as multiple parent households. This is a reflection on the modern American family, not only those within the LGBTQ community, but society at large.