FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Ayn Allen
KCETLink Communications Department
KCET Presents the World Television Premiere of
'The Campaign' on June 25 at 9 p.m.
Documentary Details the Campaign to Defeat California's
Wildly Controversial Proposition 8, Banning Gay Marriage
BURBANK, Calif. - June 18, 2013 - As the country awaits the imminent decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on California's same-sex marriage ban and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, KCET will air The Campaign, an inspiring documentary chronicling the energized movement in defense of same-sex marriage on Tuesday, June 25 at 9 p.m. Following the broadcast, director Christie Herring and producer Marc Smolowitz will participate in a Google Hangout, fielding questions from viewers, starting at 10 p.m.
"For the first time on television, we're excited to share this powerful film with our passionate and engaged Southern California viewers," said Bohdan Zachary, Vice President of Broadcast, Syndication and Production, KCETLink. "We recognized the timeliness and significance of this story, and wanted to showcase the origins of a movement that catapulted the largest social issue campaign in recent American history."
Added Herring, "KCET was a natural selection for the television debut of The Campaign." The Southern California LGBT community has played an active role in this debate; we wanted to provide viewers with the opportunity to watch the film in tandem with the U.S. Supreme Court's forthcoming decision."
Heartbreaking and inspiring, The Campaign is a human drama that follows ordinary people compelled by a passionate belief in equality. They are caught in the political firestorm of one of the largest social issue campaign the U.S. has ever seen: the campaign to defeat California's Proposition 8 and to defend same-sex marriage. With exclusive access to the statewide headquarters of "No on 8," the story tracks Holli, Claudia, Richard, Anne and Alison through emotional battles to protect their families, rights and dignity. They learn that growing social acceptance does not always translate into votes, but that participating in the political process transforms them - win or lose.
By reaching beyond the issues to follow strong characters, the film holds universal themes and appeal: the mixed emotions of family relationships, self-empowerment through activism, and the struggle in deciding how much of oneself to sacrifice for the cause. Characters drive the story of The Campaign - from their initial confidence that Prop. 8 will be defeated, through their frustrating experiences of unfavorable polling numbers, to their heartbreaking 52-to-48-percent defeat on election night, and the turmoil beyond. We see the lives of real people in the balance, not polished representatives.
For more information about the film, how to join the Google Hangout or to view the trailer, please visit www.kcet.org/thecampaign.
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