8: THE MORMON PROPOSITION gets a Sundance premiere
by Chino Blanco, Fri Dec 04, 2009 at 01:51:41 AM EST
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DAVID v. GOLIATH PRODUCTIONS announced this week that their new and highly anticipated documentary, 8: THE MORMON PROPOSITION, a film by Reed Cowan& narrated by Oscar-winning writer of MILK, Dustin Lance Black, will debut its world premiere at the world renowned SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL in January 2010.
Reed Cowan saying today, "I've had a chance to talk to our film's narrator, Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black about our SUNDANCE acceptance and he is thrilled. Our Executive Producer Bruce Bastian is thrilled and our other Producers, Steven Greenstreet, Emily Pearson and Chris Volz are also ... over the moon. Additionally, our production staff which includes Richard Samuels and Brian Bayerl of Greendoor Productions and Jess Elwood our animator are also thrilled.
Months ago, in an interview with THE ADVOCATE magazine, SUNDANCE's John Cooper said: "I think we're going to see a lot more hard-hitting political documentaries. Prop. 8 was sort of a wake-up call. I can see that fire in the belly to finish this thing off, to get to the next phase in American life."
Everyone involved with 8: THE MORMON PROPOSITION is honored to be a part of what Mr. Cooper was talking about. 8:TMP is indeed the hardest-hitting political documentary to be released in years. It is to Mormons and their anti-gay allies what Fahrenheit 9-11 was to the Bush Administration.
That's why our team will have a ground presence in Park City and Salt Lake City the likes of which has never been seen before through our SLC manager Jacob Whipple. For that, we'll be enlisting the help of thousands of people ... details to come.
This is an important film. Our team believes it strikes at the heart of one of our country's highest held values -- separation of church and state. And mostly, this film is important because it honors in a very respectful and dignified way, those who felt the sting of prop. 8 and other legislation like it. This is their story. And with the invitation from SUNDANCE, it will now be the world's to experience.
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Salt Lake Tribune: Sundance: What's hot, what's next
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On Top Magazine: Mormon Gay Marriage Involvement Film Gets Sundance OK
The Hollywood Reporter takes top prize for including this illuminating exchange in their Sundance piece:
Of cheeky note is the inclusion of the Spotlight documentary "8: The Mormon Proposition," from director Reed Cowan. Sundance watchers will remember that last year's festival was threatened with a boycott as a result of the Mormon church's support for the passage of California's Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriage in the state.
The festival's "crime" was that it is held in Utah, Mormon ground zero, and one of its theater's CEOs contributed to the campaign for Prop 8. The proposed protest never sat well with Sundance organizers, who pointed to the festival's longtime support of gay-themed films.
Perhaps including "8" is payback?
"I don't know what you're talking about," Cooper said with feigned guilelessness. Then he chuckled.
"I think showing '8' is going to have, especially on a local level, some controversy," said Cooper, who remembers hearing about the work in progress from Cowan at last year's fest. "It teaches you a lot, that movie. It's kind of scary. It spells it all out in ways that you can understand."
P.S. Check this out: 8 - The Mormon Proposition movie? Should it be allowed?