Driving Equality Across America is the product of a 107-day, 22,000-mile trek across the country, through small towns and big cities, in an effort to meet, interview, and share the stories of LGBT Americans, their allies, and their opponents. Through touching interviews, some heartbreaking, others inspiring, this film offers a glimpse of the filmmaker's journey into the heart of LGBT America.
Very strong first documentary feature for young filmmaker Chris Mason. This film takes a simple premise (lets highlight how different the gay experience can be in different parts of the US while on a road trip) and through it illustrates something deeper about not only the modern gay experience but about America itself. The narrative is engaging and thought provoking, the editing is crisp but where Mason shines strongest is in his interviews. Compassionate and understated he lets the subjects words speak for themselves. (Check out the spellbinding, quasi-psychedelic interview with a Kansas Pastor in the middle of the film.) Perfect film for flyover gays like myself that have been tranquilized into believing it gets better. Mason has a unique voice, I hope we hear more of it in the future.
I find Driving Equality Across America to be inspirational. The film ought be used to facilitate classroom discussion on marriage equality and the continuing struggle for equal rights sought by the LGBT community. I enjoy seeing friends and foes of the equality movement and appreciate the director’s even-handed interview style. The reaction of the community of New Orleans to the CA Supreme Court’s upholding of Prop 8 gives me goose bumps. History continues to unfold and this film captures the tension and high stakes that push our culture toward the ideal of equal protection under the law. Well done.
In a word, beautiful. I cried, I smiled, I got angry, but mostly, I was inspired. A truly uplifting film created by a remarkable person. Living in liberal Massachusetts, it can be easy to forget that inequality still exists in America. Chris does an amazing job of being open and kind to both those who oppose and those who fight for equality, and the results speak for themselves. Hatred kills. Keep moving forward, America.