Tickets for “8: The Mormon Proposition” were snapped up before any other Sundance documentary and all but a handful of feature films. A total of 271 movies will screen at the festival, which runs from Jan. 21 to 31.
Filmmaker Reed Cowan, a 1997 USU graduate in broadcast journalism, sounded thrilled at the response, writing “WE HAVE A HIT!!!” on the “8: TMP” Facebook page. He also encouraged supporters to contact Sundance about adding more showings.
Focused on the 2008 passage of California’s Proposition 8, the documentary has clearly struck a nerve with accusations that a “Mormon front group purchased passage” of the constitutional amendment, which narrowly overturned a court ruling that allowed gay couples to marry.
Activists on both sides of the gay marriage debate are expected to demonstrate at each of the film’s Sundance screenings, beginning with the world premier Jan. 24, Cowan said.