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 ofMarriage Act, KCET will air
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
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 www.kcet.org/thecampaign.
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