A young man brings home a sexy stranger and realizes the spark they are feeling in bed might be something special. As the night progresses the young man begins to think that there may be more to this encounter than he had thought; could the man in his arms have ties to his spouse? With This Ring is a 13 minute short film that takes a dark look at gay marriage.  This is the tale of one man's realization that the dream of eternal and lasting love may be nothing more than a shot in the dark.  Paying homage to Film Noir, With This Ring explores the perceived notion that equality means joining the ranks of the mainstream, who not only have the right to marry, but also have the right to divorce; and with divorce comes a whole host of unexpected consequences.

Two Days, One Location

With This Ring is a short story written and executive produced by George Zuber. Made on a shoestring budget, the producers had to plan the shots and schedule carefully. To make the most of their time and money they chose to shoot in one location and to shoot the entire film in one weekend. Careful storyboarding and dress rehearsals helped the schedule move along quickly. The producers of the film wish to thank the cast and crew for their commitment to this project. "with this ring" was shot entirely on the Canon Mark II.

Director's Statement

I would like to thank the Executive Producer, George Zuber, for offering me the opportunity to direct his film. With so much hoopla over gay marriage in the media I think it's easy for our community to forget about the beauty in being different. I saw "with this ring" as an opportunity to poke fun at our communities rush for the right to marry; to follow in the footsteps of those in the mainstream. I think we forget that along with marriage comes a host of unforeseen issues, like the possibility of divorce. "with this ring" is somewhat of a dark comedy; a look at ourselves, and gay marriage, from a different perspective. And please be certain, I'm not suggesting that we do not deserve the same rights as our heterosexual friends, I'm only implying we might not need to follow the same traditions; why should we when we are so good a creating our own?

Mike Jacoby