"8: The Mormon Proposition"'s Emotional Premiere In Sundance

by thelostboy
January 25, 2010 6:10 AM
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Reed Cowan's doc "8: The Mormon Proposition" premiered yesterday in Sundance. I'll have more on the film on indieWIRE later today (though I'll say now I found it a bit too amateur and poorly constructed to really recommend, even if it does pack a considerable emotional punch despite this), but here's video of the entire Q&A... including special appearances by San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and "Milk" man Dustin Lance Black. It was a pretty intense twenty minutes... emotions ran quite high and the audience - many of whom were mormons or ex-mormons - obviously had been left quite affected by the doc.

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  • W J | May 16, 2010 3:33 AMReply

    Actually Jerry Mormons don't just follow a prophet blindly. What is said by the prophet is based in the Bible. For instance, homosexuality is spoken of in the Bible as being a sin. Why do you think Sodom and Gommorrah was destroyed?

    Also, no one is ever forced to follow anything. The prophet, apostles and other leaders teach what people should be doing to follow the commandments (beliefs of right and wrong). However, the Mormon church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) also teaches that we have free will. In other words, we are able to choose whether we want to follow or not.

    Also, people saying that Mormons shouldn't stand for what they believe and contribute to what they believe seems kind-of backward to me. It's okay for people in Hollywood or in other organizations to stand for what they believe. Why should it be any different for the Mormons? I don't care what side of the debate you are on every US citizen has the right to stand for what they believe.

  • Jerry | January 28, 2010 1:19 AMReply

    If anyone is interested in seeing what the effects of brain washing will do to people, go see Prop 8: The Mormon proposition.

    I was shocked to find out that Mormons follow a man they call a "prophet" They are taught that when their “prophet” speaks it is coming from God - that when the prophet speaks the thinking has been done. Members are expected to obey whatever they are told without any hesitation or skepticism.

    One couple completely drained their children's college fund ($50,000.00) to donate to the Yes on 8 campaign. " sorry kids, no college for you"!

    all this plus much more information about the inner workings of the Mormon church. I found the documentary to be fascinating.

  • Mark | January 26, 2010 2:41 AMReply

    I think that this video demonstrates a lot of the LDS agenda:


  • KC | January 26, 2010 1:42 AMReply

    I'll tell you, I want to be on the side of this documentary, but when I read about the bizarre, manipulative background music choices and WORSE, the reenactments, I don't know if I'll be able to stomach it. Talk about undercutting your credibility.

    Remember how mockable the "Gathering Storm" Ads were with the goofy/ominous background music? It sounds like the film-maker commits a series of similar errors. Too bad.

    I'll probably still see it but any chance of this being taken seriously by a wider audience seems to have been forfeited.

  • MFLUDER | January 25, 2010 10:44 AMReply

    In your article/review, you said that the "editor" of the film that spoke in the Q&A was Brian Bayer or something. That was actually Steven Greenstreet, the co-director/editor of the film. FYI.

  • Dan | January 25, 2010 9:57 AMReply

    Bert's on to something... oh wait, no, he just sounds like a bigot.

  • Bert | January 25, 2010 8:15 AMReply

    Gavin, Dustin, and Reed. Sound like a circle jerk of gay propaganda. Just like homosexual marriage, this movie will never get any acceptance outside of it's militant gay gestapo gang. Make a movie that isn't biased and you might get some credibility in the mainstream. Two thumbs down. Booooo.

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