Friday, June 18, 2010

Gay Filmmaker Reed Cowan Speaks OUT

In this exclusive audio interview Emmy Winner Charlotte Robinson host of OUTTAKE VOICES™ talks with Director Reed Cowan about his new film “8: The Mormon Proposition”, the 80-minute documentary narrated by Dustin Lance Black. The film documents The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' unscrupulous involvement in the passage of California's unconstitutional Proposition 8 which is currently being contested in Federal Court. Recently the California Fair Political Practices Committee (FPPC) has proposed a fine on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) for failing to report all of its late non-monetary contributions in its efforts to pass Proposition 8 in 2008.

This must-see film follows The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' questionable money trail, which was instrumental in stripping our California LGBT community of marriage equality. “8: The Mormon Proposition” premiered to sell-out audiences at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. When asked how “8: The Mormon Proposition has been received, Cowan stated, “It depends on who you ask. We appreciate all dialogue that comes from reviews. From Mormons we’ve had some Mormons stand up with tears who say ‘I had no idea and thank you for telling the truth.’ We’ve had some Mormons send hate mail. Anyone who knows a little about my background knows that four years ago I lost a little boy to a tragic backyard swing set accident. I’m sad to say that I’ve had some people go for the jugular and send me hate mail saying 'Your son was taken because you’re a F-A-you know what and you’re going to burn in hell and you’ll never see him again.’ They go for the jugular because they think their faith is not up to being questioned. And from the LGBT community I’ve had many beautiful experiences. They say finally, finally we can tell this story. Thank you.”

After Sundance, "8: The Mormon Proposition" was purchased for distribution by WB Executives Paul Federbush and Laura Kim in their break-out company, Red Flag Releasing, and has been playing the film festival circuit. The film debuts to nationwide audiences June 18.
For More Info: 8: The Mormon

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