Jenny’s Wedding is different than most other lesbian-themed films. First, it’s made by a Hollywood cast and crew, but it’s not made by the Hollywood machine. Instead it’s a passion project headed by Mary Agnes Donoghue, the writer, director and co-producer of Jenny’s Wedding. Donoghue also wrote the screenplays for Beaches and White Oleander, and she has a penchant for capturing the human experience and portraying stories about ordinary individual’s struggles with personal courage.
Donoghue didn’t make Jenny’s Wedding with the intention of it being a blockbuster hit. She’s telling the story of her niece, also named Jenny, who came out to her sister and told her that she wanted to marry a woman. This film is chronicling the journey that they went through together as a family and the personal courage it took Jenny, as well as each of her family members, to live outside of their comfort zone and explore a new world together in order to come back together as a family.
Bringing the niece of Donoghue’s story to life is an incredible ensemble cast: Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy), Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls), Tom Wilkinson (In the Bedroom), Linda Emond (Julie & Julia) and Grace Gummer (Zero Hour).
Since Jenny’s Wedding isn’t part of the Hollywood machine, it was made independently and with a low budget. The filmmakers came together and are running an Indiegogo campaign to raise money for the soundtrack, which is an essential part of any film. They are finished with production, are finishing up post-production and expect the film to release theatrically this fall. Their Indiegogo campaign ends on Saturday, April 12 at 11:59 pm PT, and any donation you make is tax-deductable.
Alexis Bledel talked to us about her role as Kitty, what drew her to the film and her thoughts on same-sex marriage. I hope you enjoy it and consider sharing and donating to Jenny’s Wedding Indiegogo campaign.
AfterEllen.com: We were talking about the challenges in relationships earlier. What are the daily challenges in Kitty and Jenny’s relationship?
AE: Realness, that’s something that has drawn you to previous works. What are the real, human aspects in Jenny’s Wedding?
AE: A lot of the conflict in the film revolves around Jenny’s relationship with her family. Can you tell me more about that?
AB: She thinks her partner is limited in terms of how far she can take her relationship, and she loves her and she’s okay with it. That’s how Mary Agnes described it to me, with where they are at the beginning of the film. And then Jenny literally comes home one day and makes an announcement about how she sees her future, and it’s definitely–it’s exciting and surprising. It’s a lot of mixed things. Jenny is inviting her to feel hopeful about something that she hasn’t allowed herself to feel hopeful about. The more measured part of her personality is wanting to be sure that this is really a possibility before getting her hopes up all the way.
And then it brings up so many questions. Like first thing you need to do is tell your family that we’re a couple. That’s the first thing, and then also that you want to get married. That’s just how Jenny operates. She feels something and she acts on it, and Kitty is the one who kind of–she’s a little more measured.
AE: Jenny’s Wedding will be the first theatrically released film highlighting a lesbian wedding. How was that for you to be a part of such an important film for the LGBT community?
AE: How will it feel for you when you start to hear stories of how people were impacted by the film?
Check out the IndieGoGo campaign for Jenny’s Wedding and contribute if you can.