Produced in association with Picturebox and Bond 360 / Entertainment and Strategy.

Long before “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, Proposition 8, and the “T” was added to the end of “LGB”, Brian and David got married in Rhode Island. I’M GOING TO MAKE YOU LOVE ME is a tragi-comedic story told between two weddings; one exceptional and the other legal.

Brian first got married in 1980 in Rhode Island as a woman (Tish) to man who had just enlisted in the Army. In 2013, Brian married Jim, legally, in the state of New York. Brian went to Tish and then back to Brian again and through the decades, the strife and joy, the questions remain: who is this person and how has he survived? The feature length documentary is told over the course of one day as Brian prepares clothes for his wedding anniversary.

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About the Filmmakers

Karen Bernstein (Producer / Director)

In her role as a series producer for American Masters and producer of ELLA FITZGERALD – SOMETHING TO LIVE FOR (1999), Bernstein received a national Emmy award for Outstanding Non-Fiction Series. For producing LOU REED – ROCK AND ROLL HEART (1998), she received a Grammy award. Since then she has directed multiple feature documentaries including PRODUCING LIGHT and transFIGURATION. RICHARD LINKLATER – DREAM IS DESTINY, a Sundance and SXSW entrant, is about to be distributed nationally by IFC Films and Hulu, with overseas distribution by the sales agent, Dogwoof.  2015 also saw the release of a Galan Inc. documentary that Karen Bernstein co-produced with Latino Public Broadcasting, CHILDREN OF GIANT.

Nevie Owens (Producer / Editor)

Most recently known for her editorial work on Sundance/ SXSW entrant, RICHARD LINKLATER – DREAM IS DESTINY and THE TELLER AND THE TRUTH which screened at Austin Film Festival. For four years, Nevie honed her skills as an assistant editor to Sandra Adair on many projects including ROLLING KANSAS, Academy Award nominated BEFORE SUNSET and an untitled Richard Linklater football documentary. Her work as a feature editor on JUMPING OFF BRIDGES, directed by Kat Candler and BURNED has screened at festivals throughout North America and most recently, Nevie Owens completed the popular feature documentary, THE SPIRIT MOLECULE, with director, Mitch Schultz. In addition to the numerous feature films, documentaries and shorts benefiting from her editing work, Nevie Owens has enjoyed success with her own projects MEXIPHOBIA and CANCERPANTS because of her friendly and knowledgeable approach to filmmaking.

Cinematography by
David Layton
Mike Nicholson
Karen Bernstein
Jim Russell
Deborah Eve Lewis

Project Consultants
PJ Raval
Kyle Henry
Annie Bush

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