Help the filmmakers of 'Jenny's Wedding'

When Jenny decides to marry a woman, her conventional family is forced to accept who she is or risk losing their daughter and their self respect.
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Jenny's Wedding Productions
Film
Los Angeles, California
United States
3 Team Members

After a screening of Jenny's Wedding, we sat down with internationally renowned artist Don Bachardy, (who lived with writer Christopher Isherwood from 1953 until Isherwood's death in 1986) and asked him how he thought the film could influence attitudes towards same-sex marriage. Here's what he had to say:


Why this campaign makes a difference!

Great video from a woman who totally relates to Jenny's struggle about why supporting this film means so much.


If you are having difficulty donating through PAYPAL, you can send a check made out to From the Heart Productions Inc, to:

From the Heart Productions

1455 Mandalay Beach Road

Oxnard, CA 93035-2845

Thank you!

Team Jenny's Wedding

Interview with writer / director / producer Mary Agnes Donoghue and producer Michelle Manning

Sean Evans of Back to the Movies did a video interview for his YouTube channel about the making of "Jenny's Wedding" and our Indiegogo Campaign. Check it out below!


Hello, everyone! We are very excited to have so many supporters and we wanted to talk a little bit more about why we are trying to raise this money. We have shot a beautiful film, post production is going great, and we are on track to release it by the end of the year.

The main reason we are doing this Indiegogo Campaign is to raise money for the soundtrack.  And think about it... when you go to a wedding, and you're at the reception. the disc jockey is spinning a vast array of classic tunes. But while it doesn't cost anything to play those songs in a hotel ballroom... it costs quite a bit to play them in a movie. And can you imagine American Graffiti or Dazed and Confused without all the awesome music those films had? Can you imagine Risky Business without "Old Time Rock and Roll"?

If we raise this $150,000, we will be able to afford the kind of artists that will truly bring Jenny's Wedding to life. By licensing recognizable songs from known musicians, the movie will be in a much better position for a wide release, which means that its message will be shared with a MUCH larger audience! 

Thank you for your support! And we hope you'll join our team!

Welcome to the Indiegogo Campaign for "Jenny's Wedding"!

Jenny Farrell (Katherine Heigl) has led an openly gay life - except with her conventional family. When she finally decides to start a family and marry the woman they thought was just her roommate, the small, safe world the Farrells inhabited changes forever. They are left with a simple and difficult choice - either change with it or drown. 

Last November, MM Productions completed principal photography on the film "Jenny's Wedding" and they are currently in post production. 

Made independently, this film is the kind of movie the studios used to make all the time. It is about real people, the problems they face, and the personal courage it takes to resolve them. It is also about transformation and love.

Both moving and funny, it has an important message to send, and our goal is to ensure it reaches a wide audience.

Katherine Heigl - (Jenny) is an actress best known for her work on the television show "Grey's Anatomy" and the films, "Knocked Up", "The Ugly Truth", "27 Dresses", "Life as We Know It", and "One for the Money".  Her philanthropic work includes "The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation", "Compassion Revolution" and "Just One".

Tom Wilkinson - (Eddie) is a two time Oscar nominee for the films "In the Bedroom" and "Michael Clayton". His portrayal of Benjamin Franklin in the HBO mini-series "John Adams" garnered him Golden Globe and Emmy wins for Best Supporting Actor.  He has appeared in over sixty motion pictures, including "Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol", "The Best Marigold Hotel", "Batman Begins", "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", and "Shakespeare in Love".

Linda Emond - (Rose) has appeared in such films as "Julie & Julia", "Stop-Loss", and "Across the Universe". On television she appears regularly on "The Good Wife" and "Law & Order: SVU". A veteran of the stage, her most recent appearance was on Broadway in "Death of a Salesman", opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman, directed by Mike Nichols, for which she received her second Tony nomination.

Grace Gummer
- (Anne) is known for her work on "Zero Hour" in which she portrays FBI Agent Paige Willis and "The Newsroom" where she plays Hallie Shea. She recently appeared in the Noah Baumbach indie "Frances Ha".

Alexis Bledel - burst onto the scene for her portrayal of Rory Gilmore in the hit TV show "Gilmore Girls". She has since starred in such films as "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants", "Sin City", "Tuck Everlasting", "Post Grad", and "The Conspirator".  She has also appeared in a recurring role on AMC's "Mad Men".

Mary Agnes Donoghue - is a writer/director whose credits include "Beaches", starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey; "White Oleander", starring Michelle Pfieffer and Renee Zelwegger; "Deceived", starring Goldie Hawn; and "Veronica Guerrin" starring Cate Blanchett.  Donoghue also wrote and directed the Don Johnson, Melanie Griffith film, "Paradise".  She returns to the director's chair with "Jenny's Wedding", which she also wrote and produced.

Michelle Manning - attended USC Film school and began her career working with John Hughes, producing the films "Sixteen Candles" and "The Breakfast Club".  In 1986, she made her directorial debut with the film "Blue City", starring Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy.  In 1991, Manning began working for Paramount Pictures as senior vice president of production, and was later promoted to president of production.

Gail Levin - has over 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry. As the Executive Vice President of Features Casting at Paramount Pictures from 1999-2009, Gail supervised the casting of all feature films produced by the studio.  She has personally cast such iconic films as "Almost Famous", "Jerry Maguire" and "What's Eating Gilbert Grape".

Our goal is to raise $150,000

We shot a beautiful movie which is currently in post-production. The money we raise will allow us to license incredible music and reach the widest audience possible.  Now we know what your next question is... how can you help?  That's easy, like any good wedding, we've created...

We have a lot of exciting PERKS that will help you help us achieve our goal. 

Everything from downloads of exclusive digital content, to DVD and Blu-Rays, Signed Limited Edition Posters, Signed Screenplays, Signed Production Stills, and Signed Wedding Albums featuring all the photos from Jenny's Wedding!  

Once the film is finally done, we want you to come celebrate with us!  We will be having special screenings in various cities (listed below) that will include Q&A sessions with writer/director Mary Agnes Donoghue, producers Michelle Manning and Gail Levin, and actress Katherine Heigl (subject to availability).

The creme de la creme Perk we're offering is a package that includes coming to the premiere, dinner with the filmmakers and the most unique souvenir from the film: the actual wedding dress Katherine Heigl wears in the movie, which is a once in a lifetime chance to own our most important piece of memorabilia! 

UPGRADES

- If you purchased the T-shirt for $100, but decide you want to come to the screening instead, simply donate the additional amount, and select No Perk.  Then send an email to Jennysweddingprod@gmail.com with the subject line UPGRADE and explain your upgrade so we have a record of it when it comes time to account for Perk Fulfillment.

In addition to all of the goodies we're offering, there's also a chance for you to attend...

We've created the opportunity for you to attend a pre-screening reception with Mary Agnes Donoghue, producers Michelle Manning and Gail Levin, and the cast, as well as the Premiere in Los Angeles.

Current Scheduled Cities:

- Los Angeles

- Cleveland (where the film was shot)

Note: We will make every effort to schedule as many cast members as possible to be at these screenings, but obviously, everything is subject to peoples' schedules.

As of now our screenings are tentatively scheduled to take place in November, but those dates are subject to change.  Everyone who plans to attend the screenings will be given adequate notice to make travel accommodations if need be.

Additionally, a portion of our proceeds will be donated to PFLAG's non-profit organization in Cleveland and all of your donations will be tax deductible thanks to our partnership with From the Heart Productions.  


PFLAG CLEVELAND (Parents & Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is the United States' largest organization for parents, families, friends, and straight allies united with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT).  PFLAG has more than 350 chapters across the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 11 other countries, with more than 200,000 members and supporters.

From the Heart Productions
is a non-profit allowing projects to crowdfund with tax deductions.  They give extensive education for crowd-funding campaigns utilizing the wisdom from Carole Dean's book The Art of Film Funding.

If you are unable to contribute financially, please share our campaign.  Making the campaign go viral is the only way it will be a success and that's where we also need your help.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our campaign.  

What is the song in the Indiegogo Video and update videos?

- "Same Love" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring Mary Lambert.  Find out more about Macklemore at Macklemore.com

So how does the tax deduction work, and the donations to PFLAG?

- From the Heart Productions is our fiscal sponsor and registered as a 501c3.  All donations go through them and are 100% tax deductible.  For more information on From the Heart Productions, you can visit their Indiegogo Page HERE.  At the conclusion of our campaign, we are going to make a separate donation to PFLAG Cleveland, an amazing organization that has been incredibly supportive of this project.

If I don't want to select a Perk, can I still make a donation and get the tax deduction?

- YES!  Just select "Contribute Now" and you'll see a selection that allows you to just make a donation.

When is the movie coming out?

- We are in post production.  The movie has been shot and it is currently being edited.  Then we have to license the songs, write the score, do the sound and color correction, etc. Once that stuff is done, we'll begin submitting to festivals and find a distributor.  But it is our hope we are able to release by the end of the year.

Will the entire cast be at the screenings?

- We are going to do our best to get everyone to every screening but our priority is to have as many cast in attendance for the Q&As so it will mostly depend on everyone's schedules in regards to that.

Who are the two women in the video?  Is the movie about them?

- No, the movie is not about Laurie and Betsy.  They were introduced to us via mutual friends and agreed to be interviewed for our video to show the reality of our film's subject.

This looks like a really big movie... why are you on Indiegogo?

- Thank you!  But actually, our budget was very small in comparison to most films.  Depending on how much money we raise over our goal, we might be able to license big, recognizable songs we normally would not have been able to afford.  Music is in integral part of making the best possible movie.

When will we get to see pictures of the poster, the coffee mug and t-shirt?

- Soon!  We are designing them as we speak and will get photos up on the Indiegogo Page ASAP!

How can I have a screening in my city?

- If we get enough requests from specific cities, we will see if we can arrange a screening in your city!

Can you explain the Expected Delivery Dates and how that works?

- As of now, the soonest we'll be able to do a public screening is next Fall, and we are hoping to be in theaters by Christmas.  At that time, you'll receive all of the Perks that can be given out, such as the screenplays, posters, wedding albums, and production stills.  When the film is released on home video a few months later, everyone will get their DVDs and downloads.  As for any Perk such as a t-shirt, mug, hat, prop, etc., as soon as the campaign concludes, and the items are ready to ship, they'll go out.

NEW PERKS

- The Save the Date Magnet is an EXCLUSIVE PERK independent of all other Perks.

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$96,691USD
raised by 1,113 people in 2 months
64% funded
No time left
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$150,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on April 12, 2014
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  • $10USD
    Special Thanks!

    For this generous donation, we'll thank you on our Official Facebook Page, and you'll get a virtual hug! We can't do this without YOU!

    56 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $15USD
    Save the Date Magnet

    EXCLUSIVE: In addition to everything in the Special Thanks Package, you will also receive our official Jenny's Wedding Save the Date Magnet for your fridge or office! ------------------------------------------------------------- 5% will be donated in your name to the Cleveland Chapter of the PFLAG Organization

    29 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $20USD
    Exclusive Digital Content

    You'll get a hi-res Download of the Poster for Jenny's Wedding, a Download of our exclusive Behind the Scenes Video of the Making of "Jenny's Wedding", Behind the Scenes Photos and a PDF of the screenplay (after the film has been released). ------------------------------------------------------------- PLUS a special thanks on our Facebook Page, and we will follow you on Twitter and Tweet a Special Thanks to you! Just let us know your handle!

    22 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2015
  • $30USD
    Feature Film Digital Download

    In addition to everything above, you'll receive the Digital Download of the Feature Film "Jenny's Wedding" when it is released on Home Video. ------------------------------------------------------------- And we will throw a handful of rice in your honor at the Premiere!

    351 out of 360 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2015
  • $40USD
    Coffee Mug

    Everything above, PLUS the Official "Jenny's Wedding" Coffee Mug! ------------------------------------------------------------- 5% will be donated in your name to the Cleveland chapter of the PFLAG Organization. ------------------------------------------------------------- And we will make a toast in your name when we reach our goal!!!

    79 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $50USD
    Official Beanie

    Get the official Limited Edition "Jenny's Wedding" Beanie as well as everything in the Feature Film Digital Download Package. (Shipping Included) ------------------------------------------------------------- 5% will be donated in your name to the Cleveland chapter of the PFLAG Organization.

    34 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $60USD
    Feature Film DVD/Blu-Ray

    You'll get the "Jenny's Wedding" DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack when the film is released on Home Video. (Shipping Included) ------------------------------------------------------------- PLUS everything in the Feature Film Digital Download Package. ------------------------------------------------------------- And we will eat a bite of wedding cake in your honor!

    154 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2015
  • $75USD
    Signed Screenplay

    You will receive a copy of the "Jenny's Wedding" screenplay signed by writer / director Mary Agnes Donoghue. (Shipping Included). ------------------------------------------------------------- We would love it to be displayed on your shelf as a reminder of what YOU did to help this film get made!

    31 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
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    $75USD
    Signed Production Still

    Katherine Heigl will write a personal message to you on the 8x10 Production Still. (Shipping Included). ------------------------------------------------------------- 5% will be donated in your name to the Cleveland chapter of the PFLAG Organization.

    50 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $80USD
    Single Screening Ticket

    You will attend a screening of"Jenny's Wedding" where Mary Agnes Donoghue and Michelle Manning will do a Q/A after the screening with members of the cast in either Los Angeles or Cleveland (Travel and Lodging not included).

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $85USD
    Baseball Cap

    Get the official Limited Edition "Jenny's Wedding" Baseball Cap as well as everything in the Feature Film Digital Download Package. (Shipping Included) ------------------------------------------------------------- 5% will be donated in your name to the Cleveland chapter of the PFLAG Organization.

    17 out of 25 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
  • $100USD
    Official T-Shirt

    Get the official Limited Edition "Jenny's Wedding" Indiegogo T-shirt as well as everything in the Feature Film Digital Download Package. (Shipping Included) ------------------------------------------------------------- While wearing our t-shirts, we will dance the conga line in your honor! ------------------------------------------------------------- 5% will be donated in your name to the Cleveland chapter of the PFLAG Organization.

    41 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $150USD
    Advanced Screening

    You and a Guest will attend a screening of"Jenny's Wedding" where Mary Agnes Donoghue and Michelle Manning will do a Q/A after the screening with members of the cast in either Los Angeles or Cleveland (Travel and Lodging not included). ------------------------------------------------------------- Also get everything in the DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack. (Shipping Included). ------------------------------------------------------------- *See list of available cities under the Reception Section.

    42 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $200USD
    Signed Poster

    You'll receive an 11x17 "Jenny's Wedding" Poster, signed by Mary Agnes Donoghue and Katherine Heigl, (Shipping Included). ------------------------------------------------------------- We would love you to hang our poster in your office or hallway as a reminder of YOU being a part of our special film!

    16 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2014
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    $250USD
    Personalized Signed Poster

    Katherine Heigl will not only sign the 11x17 Poster, but she will scribe a personal message of your choice (though Katherine will be the judge of good taste), or let her write something for you - . (Shipping Included). We want YOU to know how much your donation means to us, and how much it means to everyone involved in this project! ------------------------------------------------------------- Also, $10 will be donated in your name to the Cleveland chapter of the PFLAG Organization.

    10 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    $750USD
    The Big Bouquet

    You will get 2 tickets to the screening of your choice (travel and lodging not included), Katherine Heigl will RETWEET a message to her followers (she will be the judge of good taste), and the T-Shirt, the Coffee Mug, everything in the DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack and your choice of a Personalized 11x17 Poster or Production Still from Katherine Heigl. ------------------------------------------------------------- $25 will be donated in your name to the Cleveland chapter of the PFLAG Organization.

    10 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2015
  • $1,000USD
    Special Thanks Credit

    You will get a Special Thanks Credit in our end credits, and on IMBD, plus you and a guest will attend a special reception with the cast and filmmakers prior to the screening in either Los Angeles or Cleveland (Travel and Lodging Not Included), plus your choice of the Personalized Poster or the Production Still from Katherine Heigl, as well as everything in the Advanced Screening Package. (Shipping Included)

    7 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $1,500USD
    Dinner w/ Director & Producers

    For this generous donation, you will have dinner with Director Mary Agnes Donoghue and Producer Michelle Manning at a Los Angeles restaurant (Travel and Lodging Not Included). Plus you'll get everything in the Special Thanks Package.

    2 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $15,000USD
    Wedding Dress

    You will get the actual wedding dress Katherine Heigl wore in Jenny's Wedding! You will also join the filmmakers for dinner and attend the Premiere of "Jenny's Wedding" in Los Angeles (Travel and Lodging Not Included), PLUS everything in the Advanced Screening Package. (Shipping Included) ------------------------------------------------------------- $500 will be donated in your name to the Cleveland chapter of the PFLAG Organization.

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2015
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