Our Rating: ★★★☆☆
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: Two lesbian grandmothers from Mars, Pennsylvania bicycle 3800 miles across the US to raise awareness about equal civil marriage rights for gays and lesbians.
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Year: 2005
Duration: 71 minutes
Language: English/USA
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Keith Wilson
Starring: Carrie Ross-Stone, Elisia Ross-Stone

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Lesbian Grandmothers from MarsCarrie and Elisia are lesbian grandmothers, a couple who decide to cycle across the country to bring attention to the issue of same sex marriage equality. This documentary follows them from San Francisco to New York City, through the small towns, big cities, mountain ranges and rural expanses in between.

One rides a bike while the other follows in the RV with their two mini pinschers, switching off throughout the day. Planned stops include events, protests and press opportunities, many with small town lesbian and gay groups. The mayor of Salt Lake City is unexpectedly supportive, while the stop in Laramie, Wyoming where Matthew Shepard was killed is a tough visit.

There are many highs and lows along the way, along with physical and emotional challenges. Carrie hails from Mars, Pennsylvania (thus the documentary title), but when she reaches her hometown, no one in her family comes to meet them. Finally they reach New York City to wide support and great press coverage, dipping their wheels into the Atlantic Ocean just three months after they began at the Pacific.

By the way, Carrie and Elisia are the two women behind Rainbow Law, a groundbreaking website and service offering free and low cost legal planning resources to gay and lesbian couples. (AB)