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The Green

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Called a smart and sophisticated film about life in a post-marriage-equality world by the San Francisco Chronicle, and Engrossing by Variety, The Green tells the story of a teacher at a Connecticut private high school, who thinks he can live a simple, harmonious domestic existence with his partner Daniel, a locavore caterer. Seemingly more concerned with the minutiae of suburban life than he is about challenging the bias he experiences in the provincial, recession-weary Yankee bastion, Michael adheres to an unspoken survival code: Don t speak up, don t make trouble. But Michael s world is turned upside-down when he is accused of engaging in inappropriate behavior with a male student, who runs away from home leaving behind his financially-strapped mother and her mercenary boyfriend to capitalize on the school s culpability in the alleged affair. With his job, relationship, and freedom in jeopardy, Michael must confront the suspicions of his co-workers, the latent homophobia of his friends and neighbors, and Daniel s doubts about his partner s innocence after the investigation reveals a secret from his past.


Winner of the Best Feature Film at the Connecticut International Film Festival. The Green was written by Paul Marcarelli, best known for as the Can You Hear Me Now guy in TV ads. The Green stars Cheyenne Jackson (30 Rock, United 93), Jason Butler Harner (John Adams); Emmy Award winner Julia Ormond ( HBO s Temple Grandin, Legends of the Fall, Sabrina) and Illeana Douglas (Cape Fear, Entourage). --Wolfe

WINNER! ALTERNATIVE SPIRIT AWARD Rhode Island International Film Festival WINNER! BEST FEATURE FILM Connecticut Film Festival WINNER! BEST FEATURE Audience Award Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival THE GREEN is a thoughtful and sophisticated film about life in a post-marriage-equality world. San Francisco Chronicle --Wolfe

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  • Actors: Cheyenne Jackson, Jason Butler Harner, Julia Ormond
  • Directors: Steven Williford
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Wolfe Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005KBP07W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,988 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 19, 2011
Format: DVD
THE GREEN (to satisfy many people's quandary about the name) refers to the luxuriant fields and trees of Connecticut: in this film it represents the haven for escaping the chaos of New York City to the quiet and civilized country. Strike 'civilized', as this film is about anything but civilized behavior on the part of the townspeople where schoolteacher/writer Michael Gavin (Jason Butler Harner) and his longtime partner, locavore caterer Daniel (Cheyenne Jackson) move from the chaotic life of New York City to the gentility of the small Connecticut town. Michael and Gavin are gay: Michael elects to keep his sexuality sub rosa in his new job as a teacher in a private high school, a 'don't ask-don't tell' adaptation, while Daniel simply goes about his catering business with his assistant Glenn (Michael Godere). Michael makes a good friend with Trish (Illeana Douglas) who has a healthy outlook despite the presence of recurring cancer requiring chemotherapy. Trish tries to warn Michael of the gossip in the school, but it is not until Michael attempts to defend a bright student Jason (Chris Bert) that the students and teachers and parents accuse Michael of inappropriate behavior with the shy Jason.

Once the accusation is made the town escalates the situation, Jason runs away from home, and Jason's parents Leo (Bill Sage) and Janette (Karen Young) decide to go after Michael in court. The men's friends Philip (Boris McGiver) and Bethanne (Mary B. McCann) attempt to help Michael but it becomes apparent that Michael need's a special lawyer - and that expert lawyer is Karen (Julia Ormond) who happens to be in a committed lesbian relationship.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scadhog on December 24, 2011
Format: DVD
Excellent, thought-provoking film about a gay high school teacher who is wrongly accused of molesting one of his students. It realistically portrays the untold damage and suffering such an accusation brings to the innocent teacher and those around him.

As an educator myself, I am fully cognizant of the perilously fine line that all compassionate teachers--especially male teachers--must be constantly aware of: a line that separates acceptable, nurturing practices--care, support and affection--from inappropriate conduct. It is a delicate balancing act that can lead to disaster for the instructor who crosses, or seems to cross, the line.

There are many things about this movie I like. The performances are uniformly fine. With one major exception, the characters are likeable enough, neither saints nor sinners, but simply humans, with all the strengths and weaknesses that word implies. The gay angle, while central to the story, is never overplayed. It never degenerates into an us versus them story. I particularly like the ending. Rather than giving us a nice pat conclusion with all the loose ends neatly tied up and all the conflicts satisfactorily resolved, we are left with uncertainty. Does the protagonist take up teaching again? Does he repair the damaged relationship with his partner? Does he return to the city he fled or does he remain where he thought he had found the green he was seeking? It is a fine ending, because that is what life is like. We are always left with questions.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By teknozen on January 6, 2012
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Three (or more!) stars for superior performances. Harner and Jackson both turn in nuanced, nicely crafted portrayals of grown-up men in an adult relationship. These fellows are the East Coast preppy equivalent of Julianne Moore and Annette Benning as the same-sex couple leading the California good life in "The Kids Are All Right:" attractive, educated, tasteful house, nice cars--only the guys have a dog instead of children. Most all the performances in the film are v. good. As the private prep school teacher ensnared in a contemporary version of that perennially favorite New England pastime, a ritual witch hunt (the principle motif here, clearly announced in another context by one of his brighter students in an early classroom scene as grimly indicative of humans' true nature), Jason Butler Harner bears an eery resemblance to Willem Dafoe's kid brother. A surfeit of tight shots on his attractive mug reveals that Cheyenne Jackson makes extensive use of shaping his ample lips to create his character.

The disappointing part is that given the actors' apparent desire to create credible queer characters, this is the least problematic script they could find in which to invest their considerable talents. The bad guy's part is so crudely sketched, and Bill Sage, the actor playing him, given so little opportunity to improve matters, it very nearly sinks the whole picture. Then I happened to catch a few minutes of Sage doing identical mannerisms in a Law and Order episode on the tube and recognized that here was another example of a director relying on an actor's TV persona to do the water carrying. Sorry. Doesn't work for people who don't watch much television. Too bad. In the hands of a better writer and/or more skilled director, this might have been a seriously good picture. (Well . . .
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