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The Lyons: A Real Family

Susan and Tonya Lyons have been a couple for eleven years. About three years into their relationship, they decided they wanted to start a family. Doctors informed them that it typically takes about three attempts for artificial insemination to work. For the Lyons, however, it took four years, fourteen attempts, and three anonymous sperm donors. Their story is told in the documentary The Lyons: A Real Family.

Directed by Frank Hays
Copyright 9/2004

  • Frank Gaimari
    The Lyons: A Real Family, Journey of Love: Learning to Forgive
  • Frank Gaimari
    Vincent and Paul: Unspoken Brotherhood, La Famiglia (The Family), Circus Animals, The Apparition, Browne's Addition, The Beginning #1, Browne's Addition, The Birthday Party #2, Browne's Addition, The Passing #3, Browne's Addition, The Identical Twin #4, Browne's Addition, The Anniversary Party #5, Browne's Addition, The Envious Partner #6
  • Frank Gaimari
    The Lyons, A Real Family, Journey of Love: Learning to Forgive
  • Susan and Tonya Lyons
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 11, 2004
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • FilmFest 2005
    Tucson, Arizona
    United States
    March 13, 2005
    Official Selection
  • PrideFest 2005
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    United States
    June 1, 2005
    Official Selection
  • Spokane's Sixth Annual, GLBTQ Film Festival
    Spokane, Washington
    United States
    November 6, 2004
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • The Lift-Off Sessions 2020
    Iver Heath
    United Kingdom
    March 15, 2020
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Frank Gaimari

Frank Gaimari, formally Frank Hays, was selected Top 15% in the Nicholl Fellowship contest in 2019 with his script La Famiglia. His latest and most bestowed screenplay, Vincent and Paul: Unspoken Brotherhood, is a dramatized account of Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin's tumultuous relationship. Frank's other scripts include Mary Reid, Circus Animals, Browne's Addition, and Simply Outrageous.

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