Attendees of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival packed into the Filmmaker Lodge yesterday for cineGLAAD's panel, LGBT Civil Rights and the Power of Film: 8: The Mormon Proposition. Kate Kendell, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, moderated
the thought-provoking discussion featuring several of the people behind the festival documentary 8: The Mormon Proposition: Reed Cowan (Director); Dustin Lance Black (Narrator); Bruce Bastian (Executive Producer); and featured cast Joe Solmonese (President - Human Rights Campaign) and Dennis Herrera (San Francisco City Attorney).
8: The Mormon Proposition investigates the decades long campaign the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been waging against the rights of gays and lesbians to marry. Panelists debated the ways in which film and media can sway public opinion as we strive to change the hearts and minds of voters who oppose equality and also provided fascinating insight into the current efforts to overturn California's anti-gay Proposition 8.
In the coming days, check out glaadBLOG.org for exclusive video from the panel. In the meantime, below you can check out GLAAD's Director of Entertainment Media Taj Paxton's interview with Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black in which he discusses the ways LGBT youth can take an active role in the movement.