Michael Wants To Marry

Michael Hartman is vain and obsessed with his idea of perfection and is proud of it. He also takes pride in being the “poster child” for gay pride. He’s worked all his life to build a successful Public Relations and Marketing business. With every aspect of Michael’s life in place, he believes that the next step is to get married to the perfect boyfriend, in the perfect setting and have the perfect kids. But when he sets up the perfect marriage proposal, his beloved, Lars, says ‘no.’ Lars sites that his German family is very traditional and he’s afraid they won’t accept him, his marriage or any future with children.
Michael takes it upon himself to fly to Germany to win the family over and get the family blessing. When Michael arrives, Lars’ family mistakingly believes that he’s there to marry their daughter, Liesel, because unbeknownst to him, Lars hasn’t yet come out of the closet. Michael, stung by the secret but determined, feels that once he gets the family blessing Lars with come around.
Liesel, who has a secret of her own, agrees to help Michael and the two pretend to be a couple for the family to get to know Michael and give him the blessing to marry (one) of the Schaffer kids.
Not only not sold on Michael, Liesel's grandmother (Oma) insists that Liesel pass her Housewife School to be considered for marriage at all. Michael turns the table and offers to take the Housewife School Exam himself to prove how serious he is. Grudgingly, Oma agrees, having her suspicions which Schaffer kid Michael really wants to marry.
Along with Liesel, Winnie the local widow and her cheery daughter Emma, help Michael to succeed.
As Michael gets better at being domestic with warm-hearted people he starts to see the cracks in his own persona and evaluates what it means to be happy.
The moment Lars get wind of Michael’s plan he flies to Germany to do damage control. He gets there just in time to see Michael pass the Housewife School Exam. At the climax of their argument, Oma’s school catches fire. Oma blames Michael for the blaze and as a surprise to the entire family Gert, (Lars’ father), stands up and announces that Michael has the family blessing to marry Lars.
Michael proposes again but Lars declines still unable to come out of the closet to the rest of the world. Michael returns to America sad and broken-hearted but determined to chase true happiness instead of what his ideal used to be.
Gert pushes Lars to be brave and accept who he is. Armed with the support of his family Lars flies back to America to reconcile with Michael. Liesel gathers her courage to come out with her Indian lover. Winnie finally goes for the dream she left unrealized.
When Lars finally returned home to California, he makes a messy proposal to Michael. Michael accepts excited about their version of ‘Happily Ever After.’

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    Romance Comedy, family
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    United States
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  • Fresh Voices 3rd Place 2018
    Los Angeles, CA
    February 15, 2018
    Finals. Honorable Mention
  • Cannes Screenplay Competition Finalist 2018
  • ScreenCraft Comedy Finalist 2018
    Los Angeles, CA
    June 15, 2018
  • WeScreenplay Diverse Voices 2017 Semi Finalist
    Los Angeles, California
    May 15, 2017
  • Nice International Filmmakers Film Festival Winner 2017
    Nice, France
    May 12, 2017
    Best Unproduced Screenplay
  • New Hope Film Festival 2017 Nomination
    New Hope, PA
    July 15, 2017
Writer Biography

Jen Bieser was born in Long Beach, California and grew up in Palm Springs, California. An avid poet, in 1996, her poem ‘Oh Tree’ was published in the National Library’s Book of Poetry. In 1996 she moved to Europe and lived in numerous and various countries as a painter, before attending the University of Maryland, Unversed College in Heidelberg, Germany where she received a degree in Studio Arts and Art History.

From 2006 to 2010 she directed two Arts and Cultural Centers for the U.S. Army. One at the NATO Support Activity in Brussels, Belgium and one at the U.S. Army Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany. In 2010 she open up her own ceramic painting studio Der Keramikofen in the Heidelberg Altstadt.
In 2014 she wrote her first screenplay, ‘Dani Becker,’ a black comedy and social commentary the current craze of instant ‘Cracker Jack’ fame.
In 2017 her second screenplay, ‘Michael Wants To Marry’ won best un-produced script at the International Filmmakers Film Festival in Nice, France is nominated at the 2017 New Hope Film Festival in Pennsylvania, in addition to landing as a quarter and semi finals in the ScreenCraft Comedy and WeScreenplay screenwriting competitions.
She is currently working on her third script, a social drama and jazz musical, while transcribing ‘Michael Wants To Marry’ into a novel.

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