The Guys Next Door

Dirs. Amy GellerAllie Humenuk
(74 min, United States, 2016)
DC Premiere

Raised in a Jewish family, Rachel and her husband Tony are a traditional married couple. They live in the Boston suburbs with their three teenage children. But there’s nothing traditional about Rachel’s decision, at 41, to become a surrogate for Erik, her friend from college, and his husband Sandro, not once, but twice within two years.

This lyrical documentary tackles some of the most pertinent issues of our time: gay marriage and parenting, surrogacy as a path for members of the LGBTQ community to have children, and the extension and redefinition of family.

Co-presented by Whitman-Walker Health Reel Affirmations

  • Presented with GLOE: The Kurlander Program for GLBT Outreach & Engagement

Sunday, May 21, 6:00 pm
Bethesda Row Cinema
7235 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD

Monday, May 22, 6:15 pm
E Street Cinema
555 11th Street NW
Washington, DC

E Street Cinema elevators are unavailable for the remainder of the Festival. If you can't use an escalator, and have purchased tickets to an E Street screening, contact for a credit or refund.


Both screenings followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Amy Geller and Allie Humenuk.
May 22 screening moderated by author Martha Ertman.

Amy 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, The War That Made America, a four-hour PBS mini-series broadcast in 2006, and the feature documentary For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism, which was broadcast internationally in Spain, France, Israel, and Japan and nationally on the Documentary Channel and WGBH-Boston. She has taught classes at Boston University and Emerson College and recently served as the Artistic Director of the Boston Jewish Film Festival.

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. She was nominated for an Emmy for her camera work on the PBS series Design Squad. For over 15 years Humenuk was the Executive Producer at Vida Health Communications where she created media about public health issues. She has taught film and video production at Harvard University and the Massachusetts College of Art.

Martha Ertman’s new book is Love’s Promises, a mix of memoir and law about the exchanges in uncommon families.  It was the Family Equality Council’s Book Club Pick a finalist for the Indie Book Award.  She teaches contract law at the University of Maryland and workshops on legal issues in memoir.


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E Street Cinema elevators are unavailable for the remainder of the Festival. If you can’t use an escalator, and have purchased tickets to an E Street screening, contact for a credit or refund.

This event finished on May 23, 2017.