The Film Society of Lincoln Center hosted a special screening of HBO Documentary Films’ award-winning The Case Against 8 on Thursday, May 29 at 7PM at the Walter Reade Theater (165 West 65th Street). Following the screening was a Q & A with directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White, as well as plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo.
Following Barack Obama's election, determined Gay rights activists formed a plan to stop Proposition 8 in the state of California. Prop 8: a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Activists researched and located plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo. Next they hired a diverse legal team consisting of David Boies and Ted Olson.
Marriage equality supporters were shocked at the decision to enlist Ted Olsen. Boies and Olson were attorneys fighting against one another in the Bush v. Gore Supreme Court case. This case ultimately resulted in the U.S. presidency for George W. Bush. Thankfully, the teaming of Boies and Olsen resulted in a dynamic unstoppable duo dedicated to the cause of eradicating Prop 8 and allowing same-sex couples to marry their true loves.
The film is full of surprises, including director Rob Reiner, who makes a special appearance in the film to lend his help to the cause.
Directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White won the Sundance Film Festival's documentary directing prize for this groundbreaking film that follows two California couples intent on overturning Prop 8 so that they can legally marry. The Case Against 8 ultimately is a love story that sends the clear message: we should be able to marry who we love.
An HBO Documentary Films release, The Case Against 8 opens in select cities on June 6 and debuts on HBO on June 23.