Crowdfunding Launched for Gay Marriage Comedy ‘Dodie and Cheryl’

Filmmaker Coley Sohn has launching a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to start filming the gay marriage comedy “Dodie and Cheryl Get Hitched.”

Sohn has been joined by producer Matt Horwitz of Echo Lake and “Transparent” casting director Eyde Belasco to raise $200,000 for production. The film, which has not been cast, is an offbeat comedy about two small town lesbians who decide to get married and the ugly swell of hypocrisy they have to face.

“Yes, gay marriage is now legal everywhere which is tremendous and mind boggling historic,” Sohn said. “But the fight for equality is far from being over. Getting a movie like ‘Dodie & Cheryl Get Hitched’ out there will challenge people to stand up and take notice.”

Kickstarter has selected the project as a Staff Pick and raised over $7,000 on its first day. Premiums include being in the movie’s wedding scene for $2,000.

The campaign hopes to capitalize on the timeliness of the issue, given the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. “Stories changes hearts and minds,” Sohn said.

The description on the site: “Dodie Pickerling, a bowling alley manager, and Cheryl Shook, a second grade teacher, are two small town Midwest middle-aged lesbians who’ve been together forever and lead a quiet modest life, accepted by the community because they keep their relationship to themselves. Dodie is fine with this arrangement, but after they attend a neighbor’s shotgun wedding, Cheryl finds herself longing for more.”

Sohn wrote and directed 2012’s “Sassy Pants,” starring Anna Gunn, Ashley Rickards, Haley Joel Osment, Diedrich Bader and Jenny O’Hara.

IFC is releasing another gay marriage comedy, “Jenny’s Wedding,” starring Katherine Heigl and Alexis Bledel, on July 31. The filmmakers raised $96,691 in an Indiegogo campaign to complete post-production work on music, titles, color and sound.

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