HBO Documentary Films announced today that it's currently in production on a film telling the story of the historic Supreme Court case that dismissed Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage. Over the last five years, directors Ben Cotner and Ryan White have had exclusive access to the work of the powerhouse legal team Ted Olson and David Boies, as well as the lives of the four plaintiffs in the case. The untitled feature will be completed by the end of this year for debut on the network in 2014.
"The story of the battle to overturn Prop 8 is the story of a modern-day American revolution," said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming. "HBO is proud to present what is intended to be the film of record on this landmark case."
The first Supreme Court case challenging a ban on same-sex marriage was argued by the unlikely pairing of the conservative Olson and liberal Boies. The lawsuit was sponsored by the American Foundation for Equal Rights on behalf of two couples, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, and Jeffrey Zarrillo and Paul Katami. This documentary tells the story of the people behind the case and their journey to overturn Prop 8 and secure marriage equality in California, paving the way for marriage equality for all Americans.
David Boies says, "The evidence at trial, including from the defendants’ own witnesses on cross-examination, proved that discriminating against LGBT couples seriously harmed them and their children, without any benefit to anyone. The opponents of marriage equality have successfully blocked the release of the videotapes of that testimony. But they cannot block this documentary. Everyone who sees this film will understand the pain our fellow citizens feel when they are deprived of the right to marry the person they love -- and why that pain is so unnecessary."
"Watching this case unfold has been a master class in the judicial system and in the ongoing movement towards realizing equality in this country,” adds director Ryan White. “We are excited to share that experience with the world."