In 2006, New Jersey police officer Lt. Laurel Hester, after being diagnosed with lung cancer, successfully fought to extend pension benefits to her partner, Stacie Andree, in an effort to be equal with heterosexual benefit policies.
- Ellen has been developing the project since she was 21.
- Lionsgate landed the distribution rights for a high seven-figure fee during the Berlin Film Festival 2015
- “The stories surrounding her [Laurel Hester] work are gripping and intense, and worthy of more coverage than I was able to fit into a short documentary. Those scenes should be very exciting! [...] It is important that the audience get to know Laurel and Stacie as an ordinary couple — loving each other, paying bills and setting up a home and everything else that comes with a long-term commitment — before we discover that Laurel is ill," Wade said. "I never knew Laurel and Stacie prior to Laurel’s illness — by the time I’d met them, their roles had settled into patient and caregiver. It’s really important, especially for the heterosexual audience, to see Laurel and Stacie’s relationship as any other."
(Filmmaker Cynthia Wade on making a feature film in comparison to documentary short; Source: afterellen.com)
- "She saw the documentary and was moved by the story, She understands the potential power of a feature version of the film. She is a very smart and very talented. I am thrilled that she is involved in this project — she has countless offers to appear in many movies, and the fact that she is so strongly attached to this film is a testament to how special Laurel Hester was, and how important Laurel and Stacie’s story is to this country’s slow move towards true equality."
(Filmmaker Cynthia Wade on Ellen Page's attachment to the movie; Source: afterellen.com)
- “It’s very direct in showing how discrimination against the LGBT community affects people. There’s no getting around the unfairness that happened here, and just how illogical and almost psychopathic it felt. And it’s so exciting to get to do a love story with the sex that you actually fall for. I’m thrilled about it.”
(Actress Ellen Page on the bottom line of the movie; Source: www.out.com)