Thursday, February 11, 2010
Sundance has new film on involvement of Mormon Church in Proposition 8
Red Flag Releasing, apparently a new small film distributor, has picked up “8: The Mormon Proposition” (directed by Reed Cowan and Steven Greenstreet) at the Sundance Film Festival, according to this link on an ABC station, and this link at Screen Daily.
Minority Films provides this trailer, and the rhetoric is quite strong on both sides. There are clips where Mormon officials look as though they are depicting gays as the “enemy”, a position that reminds one of the witch hunts and McCarthyism of the 1950s. A gay spokesperson says that what the Church wants is a theocracy, not a democracy.
The film is reviewed on the "Bill's Movie Review Blog" on June 20, 2010. The older YouTube video here "upWb2jBk5xw&hl" was removed by the YouTube user; see the movie review for a newer one.
The American News Project offers a free 7 minute film on YouTube by Steve Greenstreet “Prop. 8: Did Mormons Go Too Far”? here. There is a lot of discussion of whether churches can “hide” their contributions for their political agenda, and on the legal issues, both federal and state (within California) regarding church contributions to political causes intended to perpetuate discrimination.
I will review the (feature) film on my movies blog as soon as I am able to see it (either at a theater like Landmark, at Reel Affirmations, on Logo, or on Google Sundance if the film becomes available. PCWorld has an article (by Seth Weintraub_ on the beta test of this new subscription service for Sundance films, but I will have to look further to see if I can find it.
The main site for the film seems to be this. Also visit a site “Mormons for 8” here, which tries to identify Proposition 8 donors.
If a viewer finds the film as available for viewing (even for pay), please let me know (email or comment).