In the wake of legalization of gay marriage in her home state of New York, filmmaker Becca Roth is plagued by the fact that the majority of states in America currently have constitutional amendments banning gay marriage, including every single state in The South. Except one. When she finds out that residents in North Carolina are gearing up to vote on one of the most restrictive marriage amendments in the country, Amendment One, she and her girlfriend Melina travel to North Carolina in the two months leading up to the vote, to try to understand individuals on both sides and start a dialog among those who disagree with each other.
Becca has always loved telling stories. She made her first short film as a shy seventeen-year-old, and after experiencing the terrifying vulnerability of putting herself out there and showing her work to an audience, she knew that she wanted to spend the rest of her life making movies.
After college, she wrote and directed Rain in Summer, and independent short film about love, loss, and self- acceptance. It went on to screen at dozens of film festivals, picking up several awards along the way.
One: A Story of Love and Equality is Becca’s first feature-length documentary, and the most meaningful project she’s ever embarked on. Through her marriage to this film, she learned patience and gratitude, and developed a genuine love and appreciation for humanity. She hopes that this film will inspire people of all walks of life.
Late one November evening, Becca burst out of her bedroom and announced to Melina that she wanted to make a documentary about an upcoming amendment vote in May 2012. Melina not only encouraged her, but hopped on board as the project’s producer.
What transpired was an experience that Melina will cherish forever. Not only did she meet incredible people, explore a beautiful state, and eat delicious barbecue, but she learned a great deal about what both sides are truly fighting for, on a human and personal level. She hopes this film will open the country to dialogue about marriage equality and to the humanity behind this issue. She also hopes it will allow for conversations between marriage equality and traditional marriage supporters, citizens and lawmakers, and red and blues states.
Melina Marini grew up in Trumbull, CT. She received her B.A. in Music at Mount Holyoke College in 2008. In addition to film making, she is the music director of New York City’s own Empire A Cappella.
Brianna was introduced to Becca through a mutual friend, and when she heard about Becca’s documentary, One: A Story of Love and Equality, she was immediately inspired, and eagerly joined to help manage the post production process. She is extremely proud of this project and is super excited to be a part of it.
Brianna Marzigliano graduated from the University of Delaware in 2010, where she studied English, Film Theory and Broadcast Journalism. Since then, she has gained professional experience in various areas of the entertainment industry, including news, film and TV production. She currently works in non-fiction development at an independent NYC TV production company, where she has been for three years.
Laura and Becca became fast friends when they met back at Kenyon College while taking Anthropology classes together. In January of 2013, Laura watched Becca's first cut of the trailer for "One," and she immediately wanted to get on board. Since then, she's been a story consultant, has helped with publicity and outreach efforts, and has been Becca's personal hype-woman.
After graduating from Kenyon in 2010, Laura moved to Washington D.C. and worked at the Travel Channel as a Production Coordinator. In the summer of 2013, she moved back to her home city of Cleveland to write and report for several newspapers around the city.
Laura also plays guitar, is an avid fan of the show Parks and Recreation, loves Corgis, and writes for an online blog called "Crazytown: An Artist's Asylum." She has been studying and performing improvisational comedy since 2011 and recently had the opportunity to train at The Second City in Chicago. She's grateful to work with Becca and everyone else on the "One" team, and can't wait to see what the future holds!