Hawaii film 'Chasing Rainbows' gets Hollywood's attention

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - There are no star actors or chase scenes, but it is real and raw.

The Hawaii documentary 'Chasing Rainbows' is about one of the most divisive issues of our time - civil unions and gay marriage.

Both sides of the issue have been heard, but 'Chasing Rainbows' gives a different side, one that's from the perspective of the average Joe.

It's a movie that explores all sides of the civil unions debate, and the issue is seen through relatively neutral eyes.

"Wow, for a middle-aged straight American guy with a wife and kids like me, this is really something new, it's really confusing," said the film's creator, Greg Andermann, in a clip of the movie, as he tries to understand civil unions.

Andermann says 'Chasing Rainbows' is meant to give clarity on an issue he says has been demonized.

"Because there are a lot of people fighting that don't really know the other side, they just know their side, so this is about bringing our community together," said Andermann.

At the University of Hawaii at Manoa Friday night, a forum on the film drew folks with the same vision.

"I'm here because I'm interested in helping to bridge the gap between the churches and the LGBT community," said Renae Balentine, a Hawaii Pacific University student.

The film has sparked Hollywood's interest. Andermann says at least three distributors have contacted him.

"One would like to do something just institutional with it, another would like to put it on HBO right away," said Andermann.

Hollywood or not, Andermann says the point is to start reconciliation in the community, and agree to disagree with understanding and respect, not judgement.

"Because slinging hate or negativity no matter what the issue may be is not going to go over anybody," said Balentine.

'Chasing Rainbows' was featured at the Hawaii International Film Festival.

Andermann says people stuck around for hours after the film talking about it.

Friday's forum is one of several he plans to hold to give audiences that outlet to speak their mind about the documentary.

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