Documentary on Proposition 8 to Premiere at Sundance
January 15, 2014 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
The Sundance Film Festival, which kicks off tomorrow, January 16, is chockfull of must-see LGBT films this year, but if you can only catch one, don’t miss The Case Against 8, premiering in the U.S. Documentary Competition.
The Case Against 8 chronicles the now historic case challenging California’s Proposition 8.
In 2008, California voters passed Proposition 8, repealing the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state. The following year, after the California Supreme Court determined that the adoption of Proposition 8 did not itself violate the California Constitution, two plaintiff couples – Kris Perry and Sandy Stier and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo – filed suit against the State of California in federal court, represented by the unlikely team of attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies and supported by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), an organization co-founded by HRC President Chad Griffin.
For five years, filmmakers Ben Cotner and Ryan White, with unparalleled access to the key players in the case, covered the trial as it climbed to the Supreme Court. The resulting documentary is a powerful, behind-the-scenes look at the team that helped to bring marriage equality back to the Sunshine State.
Below, Cotner and White discuss their experiences with the film.