Prop 8 sparks a potential Sundance boycott

The latest fallout from California’s controversial Proposition 8? A potential boycott of Park City, Utah’s Sundance Film Festival. Earlier this month, activist blogger John Aravosis urged filmmakers to skip the January 2009 fest as a way to hit back at the Utah-based Mormon church, whose members donated an estimated millions in support of the gay-marriage ban. Boycotting the fest would, Aravosis argued, hurt the overall economy of Utah — and therefore the Church. Then, it turned out that Alan Stock, CEO of the national movie theater chain Cinemark, donated $9,999 to Yes on 8. And guess who owns Park City’s Holiday Village, one of Sundance’s biggest screening venues? Yep, Cinemark.

For all the heated chatter it’s generated, the call to arms hasn’t gained much traction with industry players. That’s likely because Sundance has long supported gay cinema, helping launch landmarks like 1991’s Paris Is Burning and 1999’s Boys Don’t Cry. “We understand that people have real emotion around this issue,” says Sundance Institute spokesperson Brooks Addicott. “But we have a long history of championing diversity. So instead of staying away, we hope people come and have conversations.”

Assuming the festival proceeds as planned, the Mormon Church may soon face a new storm anyway. South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are developing a stage extravaganza called Mormon Musical, which they hope will someday hit Broadway. Contrary to recent reports stating that the show will hit the Great White Way next year, Mormon Musical
is only in the development stage. “We haven’t even written the whole
thing,” says Stone. “We don’t have any financing, we haven’t sold the
project to anybody. We’ve basically written some songs and some of the
story.” While the show will undoubtedly pack the kind of polemical
punch we’ve come to expect from the pop-culture pranksters, it won’t
mention Proposition 8. “We’ve been working on it for years,” explains
Stone, “so it’s not really current event-y. This comes from wanting to
do a musical about Joseph Smith and Mormons and stuff. Trey and I both
grew up with a lot of Mormons in Colorado — Mormons next door, Mormons
down the street.” Stone expects raising funds in this economy to be
tough. “Our agents and lawyers are like, ‘What the f—? Will you guys
go make a movie and make some money?’ But hopefully,” he says, “it’ll
open and make as much as Cats.”

Assuming the festival proceeds as planned, the Mormon Church may soon face a new storm anyway. South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone are developing a stage extravaganza called Mormon Musical, which they hope will someday hit Broadway. Contrary to recent reports stating that the show will hit the Great White Way next year, Mormon Musicalis only in the development stage. “We haven’t even written the wholething,” says Stone. “We don’t have any financing, we haven’t sold theproject to anybody. We’ve basically written some songs and some of thestory.” While the show will undoubtedly pack the kind of polemicalpunch we’ve come to expect from the pop-culture pranksters, it won’tmention Proposition 8. “We’ve been working on it for years,” explainsStone, “so it’s not really current event-y. This comes from wanting todo a musical about Joseph Smith and Mormons and stuff. Trey and I bothgrew up with a lot of Mormons in Colorado — Mormons next door, Mormonsdown the street.” Stone expects raising funds in this economy to betough. "Our agents and lawyers are like, ‘What the f—? Will you guysgo make a movie and make some money?’ But hopefully," he says, "it’llopen and make as much as Cats.”

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  • Kurt

    WTF? (I hate Cats, and any other musical…) have a feeling this won’t have an end … leave the laws alone, HELLO we have other IMPORTANT issues like the economy, health, education, …

  • mamaof3bigboys

    I seriously do not like Matt and Trey.

  • Phil

    HELLO civil rights?
    Yeah, nevermind abolishing the Jim Crow laws and ending racial segregation, we have a war in Vietnam and Communist nations spouting around the world.

  • Bot

    The anti-Prop 8, pro gay marriage activists ran ads charging this whole idea that public schools will teach gay marriage is just a “lie.”
    However, the activist groups who said it’s a lie – “public schools will teach about gay marriage whether parents like it or not” — were in court in Massachusetts filing amicus briefs arguing parents don’t have any right to opt their children out of the pro-gay marriage curriculum.
    From the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Amicus Curiae Brief:
    “, it is particularly important to teach children about families with gay parents.” [p 5]
    From the Human Rights Campaign Amicus Curiae Brief:
    “(parents have) no right to remove the books now in issue – or to impose an opt-out system.” [pp1-2]
    From the ACLU Amicus Curiae Brief:
    “ parents do not have a constitutional right to override pedagogical judgment of the school …King and King.” [p 9]
    Which side is really telling the truth here about its aims? Which side keeps the Ten Commandments?

  • Phil

    It’s interesting how religious fundamentalists use sophistry to prove foolish points.

  • Kevin

    Boycott those that seek to deny or take away civil rights like marriage.

  • janine

    Uh, so members of the Mormon church lobbied in favor of prop 8…isn’t that their right? The state put the damn thing on the ballot and asked people to vote on it, not the Mormons. Did they do something illegal or immoral by voting according to their own belief system? I fail to understand why it is such a terrible thing to have the courage of your convictions, even if those convictions are at odds with some members of society. More to the point, why is the Mormon church being singled out as the force behind prop 8? It is my understanding that 52% of Californians voted in favor of it…according to Google, Mormons make up only 2% of the pop. of California. So why are they taking all the heat for the vote going through? Basically an identifiable minority group (gays and lesbians) feel persecuted, so they are choosing to persecute another identifiable minority group (mormons). Yeah, makes sense. You Americans are batsh*t crazy.
    Signed,
    a bemused Canadian

  • Janice

    Keep it up, homos. There’s a reason people can’t stand to be around you. You can’t help but parade your lunacy for all to see.

  • crystal

    you’re right, ‘bemused canadian…’ America doesn’t make sense….and I for one say, the people have spoken in California….the PEOPLE…. give it up, those of you who opposed Prop No 8. Move to Hawaii or England or something…. the PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN!

  • ajarizona

    To every Gay/lesbo the World over.
    Please boycott Utah…
    Now the hotels there won’t have to double wash the sheets with clorox anymore.
    More deep powder for the locals and serenity Utah’s great National parks and monuments.
    I suspect freedom loving Americans, who sustain traditional marriage, will more than make up for your absence.
    Just couldn’t care any less.

  • Stoney

    To Bemused Canadian:
    Mormons may make up only 2% of the California population so it is really interesting that the Mormon church and it’s member donations to prop 8 are esitmates at over 20 billion. The majority of these donations coming from Mormons in UTAH, not California.
    Gays can marry in Canada and it doesn’t seem like there’s been chaos as a result.

  • Stoney

    20 Million, not billion. Can’t edit on this stupid board!

  • Dream Out Loud

    Of course they have the right to boycott. just like the Utah Mormons have the right to contribute to Yes on 8. but let’s focus on the real thing here: the people of california changed their constitution to ban gay marriage. The people have spoken. They picked Obama and they picked Yes on 8. Deal with it.

  • JEE

    So contrary to most of the over the top comments here. Mormons do not hate gays and lesbians. In fact if you look at the statements from the LDS Church:
    “The Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage neither constitutes nor condones any kind of hostility toward gays and lesbians. Even more, the Church does not object to rights for same-sex couples regarding hospitalization and medical care, fair housing and employment rights, or probate rights.”
    mirror very closely the President-Elect:
    “Opposes same-sex marriage…he supports full civil unions that “give same-sex couples equal legal rights and privileges as married couples, including the right to assist their loved ones in times of emergency as well as equal health insurance, employment benefits, and property rights.”

  • Dave

    Wow, lots of ignorance and bigotry on this board. I’m not going to bother to dignify the myriad of anti-gay remarks by responding to each of them. I’ll just say that I’m glad young people in this country, like myself, are more open, accepting, and enlightened in regards to this issue, and I look forward to the day our society progresses beyond its current homophobia. To all those who have told us to deal with it (in response to Prop 8), I’ll turn that around and say deal with it when bashing gays is no longer acceptable and gays have full, equal rights. Because it’s going to happen eventually and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. :-)

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