For the Sundance world premiere of 8: The Mormon Proposition, the stars didn’t have to come to
The documentary focuses on the
The film played to an emotional audience that gave it two standing ovations. But that seemed inevitable given the crowd’s palpable emotional response to the subject matter, which hit home for many attendees who were practicing Mormons, ex-Mormons, homosexuals and/or friends and family of homosexuals. After the screening, Reed said he wasn’t surprised by the crowd’s emotional response. “It’s less about a belief in me than in the people and stories in the film,” he said.
The film is a rather damning indictment of the church’s part
in the campaign. Internal church documents outline plans to campaign in
With no official response from the church, the filmmakers
attempt to fill-in its attitude toward gays through the most controversial
Director Reed Cowan and co-director Steven Greenstreet—both
former Mormons—introduced the film. At the introduction, both men became
emotional as they expressed their hope that the film would reach people. Cowan
told the story of how he grew up in Roosevelt, Utah, and was so ashamed of his
homosexuality that he married and had a child, even though he could never make
his wife fully happy. Greenstreet has lived in
While the film won’t change the minds of any die-hards who disagree that homosexuality isn’t a choice, it certainly lays out an unhealthy involvement of religion in electoral decision-making.