Mormons in California and Utah, following their prophet's call to action, wage spiritual warfare, fueled with money and religious fervor, against LGBT citizens and their fight for equality. This exploration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ involvement in the passage of California's Proposition 8 reveals a secretive, decades-long campaign against lesbians’ and gays’ right to marriage.
Directors Reed Cowan, a former Mormon missionary, and Steven Greenstreet deftly investigate this ongoing battle through three telling perspectives: personal, political, and ideological. They are careful not to succumb to emotional rant but choose instead well-researched data and a range of interviews with politicians, historians, and those most affected by the outcome. One such couple is composed of Spencer Jones and Tyler Barrick, who is the direct descendant of Mormon polygamist Frederick G. Williams. Cowan and Greenstreet's film tellingly reminds us that, if any common ground can ever be found, it must be based on truth and transparency.
--Courtesy of the 2010 Sundance Film FestivalReed Cowan
Aside from his work as a documentary filmmaker, Reed Cowan is an Emmy-Award winning anchor and reporter for WSVN TV in Miami. Cowan heralds from small-town Utah and a conservative Mormon family. Today Reed is an openly gay father of adopted twin boys. Cowan’s first son Wesley tragically died in an accident in 2006. From that experience, Cowan founded The Wesley Smiles Coalition, which to date has built 20 schools in Kenya for AIDS orphans. In his capacity as an anchor and reporter, Reed Cowan has won and been nominated for multiple Emmy awards. After the death of his 4-year old son, Cowan directed his first documentary entitled The Other Side of the Lens.