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SnagFilms Acquires Online RIghts to "Don't Ask Don't Tell," Times Release to Policy Repeal

Photo of Dana Harris By Dana Harris | Indiewire September 13, 2011 at 3:18AM

SnagFilms has acquired "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell," a film that tells the stories of 18 real-life characters who were impacted on both sides of the controversial policy.
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SnagFilms has acquired "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell," a film that tells the stories of 18 real-life characters who were impacted on both sides of the controversial policy.

"Don’t Ask Don’t Don’t Tell" is an adaptation of Marc Wolf’s Obie Award-winning one-man show, "Another American: Asking and Telling." Directed by John C. Walsh, "Don't Ask Don't Tell" uses three years of interviews with hundreds of soldiers and veterans, male and female, gay and straight. from a first-person perspective, Wolf reenacts conversations and anecdotes that include former US Army Staff Sergeant Miriam Ben Shalom detailing her dishonorable discharge; US Navy Officer Al Portes testifying before a congressional hearing that he “will refuse to serve with gays,; an anonymous colonel describing the U.S. Marine Corps as a "hotbed of homosexuality," Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy creator Prof. Charles Moskos justifying its creation; and a mother recounting being asked to identify of the remains of her son, killed by his squad because he was gay.

"Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" was produced by Daryl Roth with Tara Power and Joselyn Allen of Decoupage Prods. Roth's credits include six Pulitzer Prize-winning plays (Anna in the Tropics; August: Osage County; How I Learned to Drive; Proof; Wit; Three Tall Women) and the 2011 Tony Award-winning revival of The Normal Heart. Mary Harron served as a creative consultant.

Produced by independent studio Vuguru, the film will roll out as 11 chapters, with the first chapter released today on SnagFilms.com, with subsequent chapters to follow across the SnagFilms network, including a release on Hulu and the Hulu Plus subscription service. Rogers Media will distribute the film online in Canada.

The full feature will be released September 20, the day of the policy's official repeal, via Comcast Xfinity On Demand and FIOS TV On Demand. Other sales partners will follow.

“This essential film unlocks and empowers the voices of individuals and communities -- as SnagFilms has done since our launch three years ago,” said CEO Rick Allen. "Each chapter will bring the full web audience a rich entertainment experience and culminate in the feature-length release on September 20th, a historic date.”

Disclosure: SnagFilms is the parent company of indieWIRE.

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