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The Green

The Green

USA, 2011, 90 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: American Indie, Drama, GLBT, Social Issues
Programs: Cinema Q, Contemporary World Cinema, New Directors Showcase
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Steven Williford
Producer: Paul Marcarelli, Molly Pearson
Screenwriter: Paul Marcarelli
Cinematographer: Ryan Samul
Principal Cast: Cheyenne Jackson, Ileana Douglas, Jason Butler Harner, Julia Ormond

With issues like gay marriage and the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy on American minds, Steven Williford's suburban drama about latent homophobia and the limits of love and loyalty comes freighted with particular relevance.

When high-school teacher Michael (Jason Butler Harner) and his partner, Daniel (Glee and 30 Rock star Cheyenne Jackson), leave teeming Manhattan in hopes of finding a quieter, more settled life in Connecticut, they can scarcely imagine what social thunder lies in store. At the elite private school where Michael has landed a job, he is accused of molesting a student (Chris Bert)—and that's just the beginning. A lesbian civil rights lawyer named Karen (Julia Ormond) jumps into the fray with an agenda of her own. As secrets about Michael's past start to emerge, his relationship with Daniel is put to severe tests. Assorted friends and townspeople have their say—outwardly and by subtle implication. Crises multiply; personal disaster looms.

Written and produced by Paul Marcarelli and beautifully photographed by Ryan Samul, The Green addresses burning questions like domestic equality, impacted prejudice, and the unspoken provisions of the social contract we all share—especially in the intimacy of small towns.

Sponsored by National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, One Colorado Education Fund

In cooperation with The Center

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