USA, 2011, 113 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, GLBT, Political, Social Issues
Screens Saturday, July 21st at 2:15pm as part of the Cinema Q Film Festival
On May 6th, 2009 Maine became the first state in this country to legislatively grant same-sex couples the right to marry. Seven months later, on November 3rd, 2009 Maine, thru a referendum election, reversed, becoming the thirty-first state in this country to say “no” to gay and lesbian marriage.
“Question One”, a new documentary by award winning filmmakers Joe Fox and James Nubile, chronicles the fierce and emotional battle that took place in Maine during that time.
Closely mirroring California’s Prop 8 battle, the film chronicles in “War Room” fashion the behind the scenes workings on BOTH sides of the campaign (the first time this has ever been done). The filmmakers spent the duration of the campaign imbedded in the war rooms and strategy sessions as they captured the private thoughts, insights, fears and conflicts expressed by key leaders as they crafted and created their messages and strategies.
For three months, the filmmakers shadowed the foot soldiers, the volunteers of the campaign as they knocked on countless doors, made endless phone calls and through deeply personal and revealing interviews bared their souls of hope and heartache as they fought to the finish for an issue framed and anchored in passion and purpose. Dignity and civil rights. Morality and beliefs.
The film also documents the controversial leading role of California based campaign consultants Frank Schubert and Jeff Flint as referendum proponents. Schubert-Flint Public Affairs headed the 2008 campaign for Proposition 8 in California, and have since taken the lead in a nationwide effort to outlaw samesex marriage in other states.
The film illustrates how the same tactics, strategies and issues (in particular the claim “that same-sex marriage would be taught to children in public schools”) that were used by Schubert and Flint with success in California were also employed in the campaign they ran in Maine.
DIRECTOR: Joe Fox, James Nubile
US Distributor: http://www.q1-themovie.com/