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Action: Ask Landmark Theatres to screen documentary re: No On 1/Maine campaign

Marriage equality

By Adam Bink

John over at AMERICABlog Gay brings up a worthwhile issue. Landmark Theatres is the largest art house theater chain in the country, and is considering screenings of “Question One,” the excellent documentary regarding the No on 1 campaign in Maine, in its cinemas nationwide. You might think, why would we want to give the right-wing a chance to tell their side of the story, as it were. Easy: because they do a great job of painting themselves to look like completely awful and incompetent human beings. Mark Mutty (remember him?) even goes into explaining how he outright lied about same-sex marriage. Example from Bill Nemitz of the Portland Press Herald newspaper:

[Mutty] insists that the central campaign theme for “Yes on 1” – that same-sex marriage, if not repealed, would be required teaching throughout Maine’s public schools – was “hyperbole” and “not a completely accurate statement and we all know it isn’t.”

Um, awesome. So while it’s a fair documentary, it definitely shows a certain perspective.

John explains further:

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.

So here’s how you can help:
1. Email Landmark Theatres: Q1Landmark@gmail.com

All you need to do is send a quick email to Landmark, telling them you’d like them to show “Question One,” the documentary about the marriage equality battle in Maine, in their theaters, and that of course you’ll go the show and tell your friends about it. Use this email address: Q1Landmark@gmail.com The film’s directors will then hand deliver the emails to a Landmark executive. If you want, put your home town in the subject line of the email, so that the geographic diversity of interest is clear on its face just by looking at the subject lines.

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We aren’t surprised that the other side lies. It’s just stunning to see it in their own words. And, it’s critical for our straight allies to know this, too. Just this we learned that the National Organization for Marriage, NOM, is trying to incite a race war in order to win the fight on marriage equality. Again, not surprising to us. But, it’s clearly captured the attention of the traditional media.

The duplicity of the anti-LGBT industry needs to be exposed. The true story of how dirty they are in the way they handle these anti-gay campaigns – a story told in their own words – needs to be seen by as many people as possible. And, getting “Question One” into Landmark’s theaters in 21 cities would be a major step in the right direction. You can watch the six minute trailer here.

I just e-mailed Landmark Theatres. Please take a second to do the same. Question One is a great documentary and it would be a smart endeavor for Landmark Theatres to expand to a wider audience. Here’s what I wrote:

To Whom It May Concern,

As a patron of Landmark Theatres for many years (our own E Street Cinema is one of my favorites), I’m writing to encourage you to screen Question One in your theatres nationwide.

I had the privilege of working on the No On 1 campaign for many months in 2009, helping external allies organize actions online and blogging on the ground in Maine for several weeks. It was an incredible experience I would very much like to share with my friends, in particular my boyfriend — but they can only read the blog posts and watch some of the videos I put on YouTube. Question One is a remarkable documentary that digs into the fight on the ground in an extremely compelling way. As we face several referenda on same-sex marriage in many states this year, a trip with friends here to see Question One would be a great precursor to engaging in these fights for the rest of the year.

Thank you for your consideration.

Best,
Adam Bink
Director of Online Programs
Courage Campaign

3 Comments

  • 1. Rich  |  March 28, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I have sent a polite but urgent request that the documentary be shown, particularly in our state of Maine. We have quite a war of words going in this state since NOM's tactics were revealed due to compliance requirements in our courts. The larger issue now is to determine to what extent the Catholic Diocese was financially involved and just how supportive the Church was to NOM's planned tactics. I suspect ther is quite a bit of squirming taking place. Thank you to Str8grandmother for alerting us all to what was about to explode.

  • 2. Marta  |  March 28, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I sent mine for Dallas (no Landmark where I live now, but I go back to TX often). It's not super elegant, but I think the enthusiasm comes through:

    Dear Landmark Theatres,

    First, I want to say that I love your company! I live in Dallas, and you always have unique and interesting selection of movies at The Magnolia, and the downstairs lounge at Inwood has the best seating of any theatre I've ever been to.

    Second, I want to request that you show the movie Question One, the documentary about the gay marriage referendum in Maine, at your movie theaters. Legislation and constitutional amendments against gay marriage are extremely common these days – there at least five coming up this year alone (North Carolina in May, Minnesota, Maryland, Washington, Maine again, and possibly Ohio in November). I think this movie will be of great interest for people who are still on the fence and people engaged on both sides of the issue. Hopefully it can promote some interesting discussions at a critical time.

    I saw the movie trailer for Question One, and the movie looks really great. I can't wait to see it, and I hope that I'll be able to at the Magnolia!

    Thank you for your time,

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