By Indiewire | Indiewire September 30, 1997 at 2:00AM
Oscar Winner Gives New Film Away For Free
by Aaron Krach/indieWIRE
A conservative women's group called Concerned Women for America (CWA) sent a letter to thousands of parents attacking Academy Award winning director Debra Chasnoff's film "It's Elementary." The film, which was made in schools across the United States, recorded teachers and students talking about gay and lesbian issues in public schools. Intended as an educational film for school boards and teachers, CWA characterizes the film as "an abomination and an unspeakable evil that shows just how low homosexual extremists will stoop to ensnare children."
Chasnoff, who won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject for "Complaints Of A Dutiful Daughter" and producer Helen Cohen report that CWA isn't the first group to attack the film. Focus on the Family and the Phyllis Schafley Report have also targeted the film. In response, the film makers in conjunction with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network are giving the film away free to any school board member or teacher that wants a copy.
"We've repeatedly seen how our film has helped open up the dialogue in hundreds of school communities on an issue that most adults aren't sure how to address. We invite educational policy makers to look at "It's Elementary" first before succumbing to the censorship," said Cohen.
[For a free copy of "It's Elementary" contact Ariella Ben-Dov 415.641.4616]