yearofthepaper08-01-30The New Year has started and as February grows near we are bombarded with hearts and valentines and talk of love. First comes love, then comes marriage and so on. On February 12 at 7:30 pm the Los Angeles premiere of the documentary The Year of Paper will be held at the Renberg Theater.

The first year of marriage is traditionally called the year of paper. After the honeymoon life as a married couple sets in. Many couples find that there are lots of adjustments to make that they had not anticipated. Through the ups and downs of the first year they struggle to reach that Paper Anniversary. Documentary makers Kelly Rouse and Nikki Parker set out to chronicle the newlywed year of three couples – lesbian, heterosexual, and gay. Each couple deals with the same issues all couples face – finances, resolving conflict, and family.

When officials began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004, this country went to war over a word. How different is a gay marriage from a heterosexual one? This film explores both sides of the same-sex marriage debate. Historians, activists, politicians, sociologists and clergy weigh in on the debate, examining the history of the institution and whether or not it should evolve to include same-sex couples. The premiere is a benefit for Let California Ring, the campaign for marriage equality.

Suggested donation is $10.

There will be a reception following the screening with the couples, filmmakers and narrator Peri Gilpin. For tickets please RSVP to

The Renberg Theater is located at The Village – 1125 N. McCadden Place, Los Angeles 90038 -Map. The Year of Paper is being distributed by Frameline.