About The Film

As they begin a life's journey together, Amanda and Rachel are determined to make their wedding day a unique and memorable affair. Married in Spandex follows the young women as they navigate their way from their home in the City of Brotherly Love to the town of Ames, Iowa for a celebration like nothing anyone has ever seen. From the "brides mamas" and "butches" to the officiant (lady rapper and performance artist Leslie Hall) to Amanda and Rachel's tutu-clad Chihuahua, the two have planned the day of their spandex-clad dreams.

But, at a time when every same-sex wedding is seen as a political act and brides or grooms-to-be are asked to walk the entire LGBT community down the aisle, will everyone be cheering Amanda and Rachel's offbeat “I do”? Can a lesbian wedding be all glitter and gold lamé? Can Amanda and Rachel's road trip revelry convince friends and family to get on board and support their relationship?

The documentary is a clear-eyed record of one same-sex couple that wants their wedding to be about their family and not a statement about so-called family values. Told simply, despite the complicated questions its story raises, Married in Spandex is part road movie, part political documentary, part performance art and, utterly and unquestionably, all love story.

Rachel and Amanda

About The Filmmakers

Devin Gallagher

Co-Director - Devin Gallagher, Director - Gallagher is a staff producer at Arlington Independent Media (AIM) where he teaches hands-on classes in non-linear video editing as well as field and studio production to students of various skill levels and backgrounds. Before coming to AIM he was director of video production for the Braddock Youth Project in Pittsburgh, PA, a program to empower under-served high school youth. At AIM, Gallagher develops original concepts for in-house programming that engages local television audiences, provides creative and technical assistance to independent member producers, and has produced independent projects.

Allison Kole

Allison Kole, Co-Director/Producer - Kole is a first time documentary filmmaker and was inspired to make Married in Spandex by her sister Amanda, one of the two main characters in the film. She has worked at Greenpeace US for three years on the campaign management team and has written and produced for campaign video series such as "Oh-no-Costco" and "Polluter Harmony." She also is a volunteer crewmember and producer at Arlington Independent Media.

Melissa Thompson

Melissa Thompson, Editor - Melissa Thompson's award-winning short documentaries (LIKE A SHIP IN THE NIGHT, THE REAL MCCOYS, IN THE WEEDS: WAITING FOR A LIVING, and NOVICES), have screened in many film festivals and aired on Current TV and Philadelphia public television. Thompson received her MFA in film and media arts from Temple University. She has worked as a videographer and editor on major independent documentaries, as well as on many grassroots media projects with kids, artists, and immigrant communities.