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"Hey, a quick request that we’re only sending to folks we know in Illinois. We’d like Landmark Theatres to show a new gay-themed documentary at their cinema in Chicago, and we’re contacting folks in the area to ask for your help in showing Landmark that there’s strong support in the progressive community for seeing this new film in both Chicago and nationwide.
We’d like to ask that you send a short, quick email to Landmark letting them know you’re from the area and interested in seeing Question One at their theater in Chicago.
The documentary is called “Question One,” and it’s by gay filmmaker Joe Fox and his business partner, James Nubile. It’s about the successful religious right/Catholic-led effort to repeal marriage equality in the state of Maine in 2009. The documentary is particularly timely because we have marriage on the ballot in numerous states this year, and this documentary proves that our foes have been lying to the voters in order to take away rights. (More background on the film at the bottom of this email.)
Landmark Theatres is the largest art house theater chain in the US, it would be a big deal for the gay community, and the marriage cause, to get this documentary shown at their cinemas nationwide.
Send your email to: Q1Landmark@gmail.com
Joe and James have already pitched Landmark, and now we’re working with them to make the case that there’s strong community interest in the film, as part of the larger pitch for why it makes business sense to show it nationwide.
Just send a quick email to Landmark telling them where you’re from and that you’d be interested in seeing the documentary “Question One” in their theaters. That’s it. The emails will be collected and hand-delivered to the appropriate folks at Landmark. And remember, this is not about pressuring Landmark, not at all. It’s simply about showing them that there is real interest out there in seeing this documentary, and that it makes business sense for them to show it.
Send your email to: Q1Landmark@gmail.com
Now here’s some more background:
Question One is the story of the campaign to repeal/save marriage equality in Maine back in 2009.
Produced and directed by gay film maker Joe Fox and his co-producer/director James Nubile, the movie takes the approach of following both campaigns, the good and bad (as it were), from behind the scenes, up until election night. I saw it last fall and thought it was really well done, in addition to quite damning of the religious right.
Now, we’ve teamed up with Joe F. and James to ask Landmark to show the movie. Given all the intensity around marriage equality across the country, the timing couldn’t be better. What’s most interesting about the documentary is that even though it’s “fair” - both sides get to tell their story - the anti-gay campaign does a bang-up job of indicting themselves by the end of the film. Their campaign manager, Mark Mutty (who works for the Catholic Diocese of Maine), makes it clear that they lied to the people of Maine in order to take away our civil rights. And the mastermind behind the lies was Frank Schubert, who did the same thing on Prop. 8 (won by telling voters the lie that we were coming after their children) - and, no doubt, will again. The admissions are damning. And that’s one good reason for anyone who is interested in the quest for marriage equality to see this film.
Here’s a six minute trailer of the film.
Here’s a report from Bill Nemitz of the Portland Press Herald:
[Mutty] insists that the central campaign theme for “Yes on 1” – that same-sex marriage, if not repealed, would be required teaching throughout Maine’s public schools – was “hyperbole” and “not a completely accurate statement and we all know it isn’t.”….
New York City-based filmmakers Joe Fox and James Nubile were allowed in with their cameras by both sides – giving the documentarians, and now us, a strikingly unvarnished view of what went on behind the scenes during those oh-so-divisive days two years ago.
Here’s my blog post explaining even more about the documentary.
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Thank you so much, as always.