Directed by: Eddie Rosenstein 2016 | 86 min.

Section: Documentaries

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Film Website

Countries: United States

Languages: English

Genres: Documentary, Family, LGBT, Social Issues


At once epic and intimate, THE FREEDOM TO MARRY is the untold story of the same sex marriage movement, through the eyes of those who led the fight. This gripping character-driven documentary tells how Evan Wolfson, once seen as too fringe to be taken seriously, went on to lead one of the most successful civil rights campaigns of our time. His journey began decades ago, with the first case in Hawaii. Years later, this 'war room' style film follows Wolfson and his key colleagues on their thrilling quest to win it all - before the United States Supreme Court.

The film has many interviews and commentary from the the key individuals of this movement. You’ll hear firsthand from April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse – two of the courageous plaintiffs who took the fight for the dignity of their family and children all the way to the Supreme Court. You’ll have a front-row seat as the movement’s litigators, including the indomitable Mary Bonauto, prepare to stand before the nine justices of the Supreme Court to make the case for same sex marriage. And you’ll have an intimate look at the “Freedom to Marry” team; criss-crossing the country, working with organizations and allies to rack up building-block wins, and creating the climate that allowed for victory.
-Anderson Le

The first screening of this film will be followed by a special extended discussion hosted by law offices of Davis Levin Livingston.


Wednesday, November 09 6:15 PM Dole Cannery D Date Passed
Friday, November 11 4:00 PM Dole Cannery D Date Passed

Cast & Crew

Director Eddie Rosenstein
Producer Randi Blanco, Jenni Olson
Cast Mary Bonauto, April DeBoer-Rowse, Jayne DeBoer-Rowse, Evan Wolfson
Cinematographer Claudia Raschke, Bob Richman
Editor Pilar Rico
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