Jim Fall Interview

By Jeff Walsh

When I decided to relaunch Oasis as a magazine again, one of the things I did was to look back and review the list of people we had featured in the past. Just doing that became a sort of fun exercise in seeing what some of those same people were up to these days.

When I saw the interview with Jim Fall, director of Trick (one of my favorite gay movies of all time), I quickly jumped over to IMDB to see what he's been doing lately. I knew about the Lizzie McGuire Movie, but above that was an entry called "Wedding Wars." A bit of poking around, and it seemed that his newest movie was happening just in time for our relaunch. Wedding Wars (see my review) features John Stamos as a wedding planner who causes a national movement of gay people refusing to go to work, when confronted with the injustice surrounding gay marriage. But instead of a hectoring, political treatise that would preach to the converted, fail to sway the undecided, and not interest the red states, Fall humanizes the issue with a fun, genuine story that humanizes both sides of the issue. The movie plays for laughs and emotional resonance, while advancing the gay marriage debate in a positive way.

Fall recently spoke with me about the movie and its message, showing that he had more than one trick up his sleeve.