After raising $96,691 through an Indiegogo campaign last year, Jenny’s Wedding, starring Gilmore Girls alum Alexis Bledel and former Grey’s Anatomy powerhouse Katherine Heigl ,is getting its first screening at the American Film Market.
According to writer and director Mary Agnes Donoghue, it’s a good time for Jenny’s Wedding to be showing.
“I must admit that the timing is pretty good – not just with the issue but also with Katherine’s [new television series] State of Affairs getting so much notice,” she said.
Donoghue wrote the screenplays for Bette Midler’s starring vehicle Beaches and another coming-of-age film that won critical acclaim – White Oleander.
In the film, Heigl plays a lesbian who is open to everyone except her conservative family. They get quite the awakening when she decides to marry Bledel, the woman her family thought was just her roommate.
Though the movie was filmed last year, post-production was only recently completed.
“We filmed a year ago in Cleveland over 18 days – though it didn’t feel like 18 days because the cast really responded and felt passionately about it,” Donoghue said. “There is a Jenny in my life and family but this really isn’t her story, and the people who inspired the story have told me that they felt that we had captured them in the film.”
Bledel told AfterEllen: “I think most people who see the film will be able to relate to it, at least from the point of view of one of the characters, whether they’re a parent of a daughter who just got married or a young person who’s trying to start their life with someone. It’s a story about a family.”
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants star added her two cents on same-sex marriage.
“It’s something that I really believe in. I believe that same-sex couples should be able to marry everywhere. It’s a human right,” Bledel said. “I hope that it [the film] only helps to see that happen. It is a political issue, and I know that we have more states on board over time, but it would be incredible if our whole country could allow it. It would be a beautiful thing. I don’t think Mary Agnes made the film in a political spirit. I think it was a story that was very personal to her and an experience that moved her, but I could safely say that everybody on the film firmly believes in gay marriage. It was definitely satisfying to be part of this shoot.”