Sundance 2014: The making of ‘The Case Against 8' [Video]


Directors discuss making the Sundance film “The Case Against 8.”

PARK CITY, Utah -- How does it feel to have audiences moved to tears while watching your film?

What happens when your documentary takes five years to make?

How do you tackle a subject that has become a national controversy?

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Ben Cotner Ryan White, directors of the Sundance Film Festival documentary “The Case Against 8,” dropped by the Los Angeles Times Studio in Park City to discuss how these issues touch on their movie, which premiered at the festival on Saturday.

“The Case Against 8" offers an inside look at the legal fight to overturn California’s Proposition 8, which was passed in 2008 and defined marriage as being between a man and a woman.

The film follows the four plaintiffs -- same-sex couples Kristin Perry and Sandy Stier, and Paul Katami and Jeff Zarillo -- who filed a lawsuit over the initiative.

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Attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson, who famously took on the case despite having been adversaries in 2000’s landmark Bush vs. Gore, are also featured throughout “The Case Against 8.”

Proposition 8 was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court in 2010, but that decision wasn’t confirmed until June, after proponents of the initiative exhausted the appeals process.

“The Case Against 8" is screening in Sundance’s U.S. Documentary Competition section. The film will be shown on HBO this year.

Watch the video of our conversation with Cotner and White above.



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