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A documentary about two men who found the American dream, each other, and the immigration policies that would take it all away.
Washington, D.C.
United States
1 Team Member

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**All funds raised beyond the final cost of the film will be donated to organizations working to reform our immigration policies for LGBT families.


With the battle for Marriage Equality continuing in the United States, the country is losing some of its most precious resources--its people. Many of our bi-national/foreign national LGBT couples are being forced out of the country under Voluntary Departure, which "allows an individual to leave on his or her own, rather than being formally deported which could lead to ten years of inadmissibility INA §212(a)(9)(A)."

(In)Voluntary Departure is a documentary chronicling the lives of Sandro and Alon, a bi-national couple as they are forced to leave the U.S. and spend a year traveling the globe in search of a new place to call home. 

This film follows the year-long journey as Sandro is forced to walk away from his flourishing L.A. based fashion line and Alon must resign from Mircrosoft, his 10+ year employer, to travel the globe looking for a new home that welcomes and recognizes its LGBT citizens as equal under the law.  This is a chance to be a part of not only telling the story of the outdated immigration policies of the United States, but a chance to join the ever growing voices that are demanding a repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and the recognition of our friends and legal spouses of bi-national couples.
As we continue to push for the repeal of DOMA and recognition of Federal Marriage rights, this country is experiencing a severe "gay brain drain" as we lose some of the most talented contributors to our economy.

We ask you to join us in helping to tell Sandro and Alon's story in hopes that sharing these personal journeys will raise awareness and help the U.S. see a clear path to bringing our friends and families HOME ONCE AND FOR ALL.

**In addition to festivals and other widespread viability we'll be donating our film to advocacy groups fighting for LGBT rights for screenings and distribution to further the conversation on the dire need to repeal DOMA and to secure federal marriage for LGBT citizens.


Please donate today to support this important project!


Other Ways You Can Help!

  • AIRLINE SPONSORSHIP: We are looking for folks iin the airlines industry that might be interested in sponsorship with AIRFARE TICKET VOUCHERS / AIRLINE SPONSORSHIP as we film (with our small, two person crew) outside the U.S.  We are currently exploring 501c3 fiscal sponsorship that would allow airlines to utilize this as a tax-deductible donation.  Let us know if you or someone you know might be interested in hearing more about this opportunity!
  • MUSICIANS! We are currently looking for original music submissions for (In)Voluntary Departure.  Please send us your links, info, or audio samples and we'll be in touch!
  • IN-KIND DONATIONS: Not everyone can support financially but there are plenty of ways to help!  We are looking for IN-KIND DONATIONS such as gifts to include in our different levels of financial support.  We've set aside a number of donation levels that can be met with these in-kind donations as well.  If this is something you'd be interested in hearing more about contact us!
  • WORD OF MOUTH! As always we are asking for folks to get the word out and make some noise about (In)Voluntary Departure.  Word of mouth adverstising and also the Indiegogo share tools go a long way!
  • There are no stupid questions just non-contributors!  Let us know if you have any questions and we'll get back to you right away about how you can help make this film take flight!


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  • $5USD
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    Take that pocket change and put it to use and help us make this film! Your name and a thank you will appear on the film's website and Facebook page!

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    I'm Coming Out

    Skip that overpriced Appletini this week! All the benefits above PLUS a postcard thank you from the filmmaker and cast from the road!

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    Ask and Tell

    Ask and Tell all your friends to join the cause! All the benefits above PLUS you'll get exclusive access to online videos and updates from Sandro and Alon's global trekking!

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    Donate here and help us keep up the fight! All the benefits above PLUS your name/thank you listed in the film's credits!

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    Wedding Party

    A wedding party without the ugly dress or matching cumberbun! All the benefits above PLUS be listed as an Associate Producer on the film's website and film credits, a signed Sandro Tomessetti print.

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    I Do

    At this level you'll receive all the benefits above PLUS be listed as an Executive Producer on the film's website and film credits, an original Sandro Tomassetti life sketch, 2 tickets to the U.S. premiere!

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