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KCET Presents the World Television Premiere of 'The Campaign' on June 25 at 9 p.m.

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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



, 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



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.


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.


more information about the film, how to join the Google Hangout or to view the trailer,

please visit



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issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year history, KCET

has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public

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