THE GUYS NEXT DOOR
Directed and produced by Allie Humenuk & Amy Geller
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A poignant story of family, friendship and gay rights
THE GUYS NEXT DOOR, a timely feature-length documentary, offers a provocative alternative to the traditional ideas of what constitute the nuclear American family. Meet Erik and Sandro, a gay couple with two daughters birthed by their friend Rachel with donor eggs. In her 40s, Rachel is married to Tony and they have three biological children of their own.
The film spans over three years in the life of this extended family and explores complicated questions of identity: What are the factors that influence who we become? How does becoming a parent challenge how we see ourselves? Can we control what we pass onto our children? Told with candor and humor, THE GUYS NEXT DOOR, brings to light the humanity that connects us all.
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Allie Humenuk is an award-winning filmmaker and Emmy nominated cinematographer whose films have been broadcast nationally and internationally and screened at film festivals, museums and schools. Her feature documentary, “Shadow of the House,” about the photographer Abelardo Morell was heralded as “one of the best films ever made on a artist and the artistic process” by Bo Smith, former curator of the film program at the MFA Boston. Nominated for an Emmy for her camera work on the PBS series “Design Squad,” Allie has also worked with filmmakers such as Anne Makepeace on the PBS-broadcast “Rain in a Dry Land” and “We Still Live Here,” Katrina Browne’s “Traces of the Trade,” and Linda Garmon on the “The Truth About Cancer.”
Allie has taught film and video production at Harvard University and the Massachusetts College of Art. Currently, she freelances as a Director, Cinematographer and Editor.
Amy Geller began her production career as a television field producer and production manager for J. Arnold Productions, with work shown on network television, A&E, HBO, MTV, and CNN. Since, Geller has been producer and line producer on numerous commercials, shorts and documentaries, including the PBS/BBC broadcast docudrama “Murder at Harvard.” She also produced the Sundance Institute-supported narrative “Stay Until Tomorrow” (2005), “The War That Made America,” a four-hour PBS mini-series broadcast in 2006, and “Love and Other Anxieties” (2011), a personal documentary directed by funder-turned-filmmaker Lyda Kuth.
Geller’s most ambitious production to date, the feature documentary “For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism,” has screened at over 80 film festivals, theaters, and universities in the US and abroad. It was broadcast internationally in Spain, France, Israel, and Japan and nationally on the Documentary Channel and WGBH-Boston. Most recently, Geller served as the Artistic Director of the Boston Jewish Film Festival.