HBO to air Proposition 8 doc

HBO Documentary Films is in production on an as-yet-untitled film about the first Supreme Court case challenging California's ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8.
July 9, 2013

HBO Documentary Films is in production on a film about the first Supreme Court case challenging California’s ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8.

Directed by Open Road Films’ SVP of acquisitions, Ben Cotner, and filmmaker Ryan White (Good Ol’ Freda), the as-yet-untitled documentary will debut on HBO in 2014.

Cotner and White’s film, five years in the making, boasts access to the legal team led by conservative Ted Olson and liberal David Boies, and the historic case’s four plaintiffs.

The lawsuit was sponsored by the American Foundation for Equal Rights on behalf of two couples – Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, and Jeffrey Zarrillo and Paul Katami.

“The story of the battle to overturn Prop 8 is the story of a modern-day American revolution,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, in a statement. “HBO is proud to present what is intended to be the film of record on this landmark case.”

“Everyone who sees this film will understand the pain our fellow citizens feel when they are deprived of the right to marry the person they love – and why that pain is so unnecessary,” said Boies.

The deal was negotiated with HBO on behalf of the filmmakers by Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment and Victoria Cook of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.

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