“Love Wins” – documentary film premieres here in Asbury Park

Do you remember the case – nearly 10 years ago – of two lesbian couples who were turned down when they asked to be married in their hometown’s beautiful Methodist Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association pavilion? There’s now a movie about one of those couples – Jan Moore and Emily Sonnessa of Ocean Grove, both in their 80s and together almost 50 years, including now by both civil union and the marriage they waiting years for. They met decades ago through Jan’s husband, who worked for the same company Emily did. They fell in love but the times they were living in forced them to live a closeted life, holding off telling even the children in their lives until they were grown up.
The doc will be premiering here in New Jersey next Thursday, June 2:

Love Wins
Thursday, June 2, 2016 7pm (Doors open 6pm)
House of Independents [Address] in Asbury Park
Afterparty 8-11pm – Porta at 911 Kingsley Street. Free pizza, cash bar
House of Independents – Asbury Park
Tickets: Get them here.
More info and previews: Here.
Proceeds from the screening benefit Garden State Equality.

This is a special Pride Month event, and proceeds from the screening will go to Garden State Equality. By way of disclosure, I’m on GSE’s Advisory Board along with a lot of other people. But I’d be writing about this anyway.

The director is New Jersey filmmaker Robin Kampf; award-winning writer, producer, director, cinematographer and editor. She got her training in the world of local news production, and has worked on several feature films.

Comment (1)

  1. Kathleen O'Neill

    The opening was sold out, so I haven’t seen it yet, but I was delighted to meet Jan and Emily at Pride in Asbury on Sunday.

    I remember the story very well, I’ve been ranting about it for years now. I remember visiting Ocean Grove a few years before it started to turn around, and although I didn’t think it was dangerous, it wasn’ta place where most people even wanted to spend a day at the beach, much less a vacation at a B&B. The restored homes, stores and restaurants are thanks to the LGBT community, and refusing to allow these two couples to have their ceremonies at the Pavilion was a case of “biting the hand that feeds you.” I had heard about the outcome of the court case, but I’m really looking forward to seeing the documentary, and learning more about the details.


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