Red Flag Releasing To Debut Film Exposing the Mormon Church’s Involvement in California’s Controversial Proposition 8
8: THE MORMON PROPOSITION To Open Theatrically in 13 markets with Simultaneous Distribution On Demand and through Digital Download Channels
June 18, 2010
Los Angeles – April 16, 2010 – Red Flag Releasing announced today that it will debut 8: THE MORMON PROPOSITION simultaneously in theaters, On Demand and through digital download channels June 18th, 2010. Written and directed by journalist and former Mormon missionary Reed Cowan, and narrated by Academy Award -winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (Milk), 8: THE MORMON PROPOSITION exposes the Mormon Church’s historic involvement in the promotion and passage of California’s Proposition 8 and the religion’s ongoing campaign against gay rights. The film takes place in California and Utah as Mormons, following their prophet’s call to action, wage spiritual warfare with money and misinformation against gay citizens, doing everything they can to deny them of marriage and the rights that come with it. 8: THE MORMON PROPOSITION opens in theaters on June 18, 2010, two years after the first gay marriages took place in California (June 17, 2008).
The film will open in theaters June 18th, 2010 in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Palm Springs, Phoenix, San Diego, Dallas, Houston and Honolulu. 8: THE MORMON PROPOSITION will also debut day-and-date On Demand via cable and satellite providers and digital download channels.
Produced by Cowan, Steven Greenstreet, Chris Volz and Emily Pearson for David V. Goliath Productions. Cowan and Bruce Bastian served as executive producers. The film is co-directed by Greenstreet.
“This film is for voters who deserve to see how money and misinformation can influence public policy. As a former Mormon missionary and seminary student with knowledge of Mormon strategy at the highest levels, it’s also important for youth in any church who often feel the sting of bigotry from the pulpit. There is a body-count of suicide and homelessness tied to such bigotry, and if this film can be a part of promoting life and liberty, it will have achieved its purpose,” said Cowan.
“There was so much confusion surrounding this issue during the campaign. It is important for people to understand that this is another struggle for civil rights,” said Red Flag Releasing’s Laura Kim. “The film is so timely and the issue impacts the lives of so many people we know, it just makes sense to make it as accessible as possible through multiple distribution outlets. Having those see it in markets where we will not be theatrically makes the most sense and increases the viewing capability of this very important story,” added Red Flag’s Paul Federbush.
About Red Flag Releasing
In this age of ubiquitous technological change, Paul Federbush, Laura Kim and Ron Stein have launched a new independent film distribution company, Red Flag Releasing (RFR), that will take advantage of available platforms to customize a release that is organic to the needs of each film. In its first year, RFR will acquire completed films at festivals, and find projects in production where the company can provide finishing funds.