THE DEVOTION PROJECT


THE DEVOTION PROJECT

Created by Antony Osso  

The Devotion Project is filmmaker Antony Osso’s two-part campaign: a series of short documentaries celebrating the love and commitment of LGBTQ+ couples, and a social media platform focused on amplifying “Good Gay News,” stories of LGBTQ+ people thriving in relationships, politics, sports, the arts and beyond.


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Gail Marquis, an Olympic Medalist (Montreal 1976), met Audrey Smaltz when she was 43 and Smaltz, a former model, was 61. They'd each had other relationships, Marquis with women and Smaltz with men, but until they met it had never 'clicked'. Smaltz, an entrepreneur who works in fashion, didn't miss a beat when telling friends about her new love, and they soon became inseparable. This story will resonate with the "late bloomers" among us as it tracks the course of these women's incredible lives, each rich with accomplishment, and celebrates their love story.

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER
ImageOut Rochester 2013 — Best Short
Out on Film Atlanta 2013 — Best Female Short
ReelQ Pittsburgh International LGBT Fest 2013 — Best Female Short
Seattle International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2013 — Favorite Lesbian Short
Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2013 — Favorite Women's Short
Reeling31: The Chicago LGBT Int'l Film Festival 2013 — Best Documentary Short
London Lesbian Film Festival Ontario Canada 2014 - Audience Favorite

JURY AWARD WINNER
ImageOut Rochester 2013 — Honorable Mention — Best Short

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Festival London 2013
Wotever Queer Film Festival London 2013
Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2013
Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival 2013
Boston LGBT Film Festival 2013
Frameline 2013
Outfest 2013
NYC Black Pride 4th Annual Film Festival August 2013
Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2013
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival 2013
Newfest NYC 2013
Fresno Reel Pride 2013
Polari/Austin G&L Film Fest 2013
Pensacola LGBT Film Festival 2013
QCinema Film Fest, Fort Worth TX 2013
Ottawa LGBT Film Festival 2013
Roze Filmdagen: 17th Amsterdam Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2014
Mardi Gras Film Festival Sydney 2014
Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival 2014
Massimadi International Afro-Caribbean LGBT Film Festival Montréal 2014
La Guarimba International Film Festival 2014, Calabria, Italy
Hamburg International Queer Film Festival 2014
Reel Pride Winnipeg 2014
Salento LGBT Film Festival 2014, Lecce, Italy
Identities 2015: Vienna's International Queer Film Festival


'My Person' chronicles the lives of Eric and Anne Plemons, who are raising their daughter Jonah in Oakland, CA. Eric, a trans man, met Anne, a queer woman, in Chicago seven years ago—together they describe their romance, marriage, and the birth of their daughter. They also discuss the challenges they face as a trans couple and how they've overcome adversity to become a very traditional non-traditional family.

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Greenpoint Film Festival 2012
Polari/Austin G&L Film Festival 2012
Pensacola LGBT Festival 2012
Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2012
Melbourne Queer Film Festival 2013
Wotever Queer Film Festival London 2013

Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Festival London 2013
Boston LGBT Film Festival 2013
Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival 2013
Frameline 2013
Outfest 2013
North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2013
Reeling31: The Chicago LGBT Int'l Film Festival 2013
La Guarimba International Film Festival 2014, Calabria, Italy
London Lesbian Film Festival Ontario Canada 2014
29th Torino GLBT FIlm Festival 2014
Gender Bender International Festival 2014, Bologna, Italy
Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2014
Reel Pride Winnipeg 2014
Salento LGBT Film Festival 2014, Lecce, Italy


'Listen from the Heart' traces the relationship of Laura Fitch and Jaime Jenett, from their initial meeting and love affair, through the birth of their child, a boy with a heart condition who enriches their lives in ways they could never have imagined.

JURY AWARD WINNER
London Lesbian Film Festival Ontario Canada 2013 - Best Documentary

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Frameline 2012
Mezipatra Prague 2012
Polari/Austin G&L Film Festival 2012

Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2012
Pensacola LGBT Festival 2012
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2013
Westchester Jewish Film Festival 2013
Wotever Queer Film Festival London 2013
North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2013
2013 BUTCH Voices Conference: Film Night, Oakland, CA
Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2013
Maine Jewish Film Festival 2014
La Guarimba International Film Festival 2014, Calabria, Italy
Reel Pride Winnipeg 2014
Salento LGBT Film Festival 2014, Lecce, Italy


'The Devotion Project: Say Only Yes' features Brian Cantor and Paul Labrecque, chronicling their meeting in London in 1986, the opening of the hugely successful Paul Labrecque Salons in NYC, and the serious obstacles they overcame on their way to getting married on the day of their 25th anniversary, the very first weekend gay marriage was legal in New York.

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Out in the Desert: Tucson LGBT Festival 2012
Pensacola LGBT Festival 2012
Wotever Queer Film Festival London 2013

Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2013
La Guarimba International Film Festival 2014, Calabria, Italy
Reel Pride Winnipeg 2014
Salento LGBT Film Festival 2014, Lecce, Italy


Daniel Pando and Vitor Braga Lara are a young gay couple who met in Ft. Lauderdale as teenagers and have been together eight years. Instantly relatable to young people, they talk us through the adventure of meeting, moving up to NYC, and their very modern take on long-lasting love, including a very special birthday surprise.

OFFICIAL SELECTION
Pensacola LGBT Festival 2012
Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Festival London 2013
Wotever Queer Film Festival London 2013
La Guarimba International Film Festival 2014, Calabria, Italy
Reel Pride Winnipeg 2014
Salento LGBT Film Festival 2014, Lecce, Italy