How Do You Know seeks to reevaluate our modern-day conception of marriage by exploring the social, legislative, economic, and personal forces that drive people to — or away from — formalizing intimate partnerships through the state. Between the first same-sex couple to obtain a marriage license in the U.S., to an interracial couple who wed overseas due to anti-miscegenation laws in their home state, the documentary will weave highly personal, historically significant stories with contextual commentary from pertinent economists, policy-makers, historians, writers, and academics.


THE FILMMAKER:

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As a filmmaker, writer, and editor, Alexandra Geller loves telling stories through different forms of media. Whether through fictional narratives, documentaries, or radio pieces, her projects challenge societal assumptions of identity.

Her film projects have earned recognition from the Marcia Robbins Women in Film Award; the Caucus Foundation for Producers, Writers, and Directors; and the Virgin Unite Social Impact Award, among others. 

She has written and produced interactive media for clients including National Geographic, WNYC New York Public Radio, Nike, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The World Bank, and the Harvard Kennedy School of Governance.

Raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she earned her MFA in Film and Media Art from Emerson College, and her BA in Literature and Geography from Middlebury College.