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NCGLFF: The Campaign

Since beginning in 1996, the North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (proudly produced by the Carolina Theatre of Durham) celebrates a worldwide glimpse of today’s gay and lesbian life, helping bring the community together and features entertaining and sophisticated films and filmmaking.

The Campaign takes a comprehensive look at California's historic No-on-8 campaign to defend same-sex marriage that unfolded in 2008, situating that battle within a 40-year national story that traces arguments against same-sex marriage since the 1960s. The narrative focuses on an ensemble of five characters — Alison, Holli, Richard, Anne and Claudia — as they labor tirelessly to defeat Proposition 8, sacrificing time with the families they are literally fighting for the right to love. Their powerful, personal stories are lushly interwoven with historical footage that highlights how LGBT Americans have fought for recognition of same sex relationships over time. From Anita Bryant’s “Save our Children” campaign to more recent struggles at the ballot box like Proposition 8, The Campaign emerges as an unprecedented installment of LGBT social history and a signature documentary on one of the most pressing civil rights issues of our times: same-sex marriage.

Proposition 8 Timeline

The film is preceded by a 16 min documentary, Win or Lose: In this inspiring story from the struggle for marriage equality, a photographer takes up his camera to fight a proposed amendment to the North Carolina Constitution.

Tickets can be purchased in advance beginning Monday, August 5th and are $10, click here to purchase.

I've set the meetup time 30 mins prior to show time due to crowds. Total running time is just about 1 hr 20 mins (7:15 pm - 8:35 pm) so let's head to Bull City Burger and Brewery afterwards for conversation. (We'll gather in lobby, outside cinema, afterwards for those who want to go out).





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  • Mark F.

    I remember hearing an anti-gay activist interviewed on NPR say something like "They say it's just about equal rights, but what they really want is for society to acknowledge that there's nothing objectionable about two men having sex." Usually, when your opponents make claims about what you're really after, they're lying or exaggerating. But in this case I think he was telling the truth. Where he was wrong was about whether it would be a good thing or a bad thing for society to make this recognition. (I guess he was also wrong about being able to separate equal rights from recognizing that gay sex is OK.)

    I had a similar thought about the commercial where a kid comes home from school with a book about two daddies. In this case, it really was a lie about what the bill was about, but the fact is, schools *should* be teaching that that's OK.

    1 · August 16, 2013

  • Shawna

    Very much enjoyed this important civil rights documentary and conversation afterwards. Here is a link to current equality cases (prop 8 tracker): http://equalityontrial.com/. And, here is a link to the unfortunate documentary from '67 with Mike Wallace: http://vimeo.com/61123970.

    August 16, 2013

    • Lauren E.

      Thanks, Shawna! I look forward to checking out these links.

      August 16, 2013

  • Gregory M. B.

    I'm going to try to get a ticket at the box office since they said there should be plenty available then to avoid the fee. I plan to go for dinner afterwards too.

    August 15, 2013

  • Brittany

    So excited for this! If anyone from Raleigh/Cary wants to go, let me know - we can carpool!

    August 4, 2013

    • Shawna

      I do live in Cary presently but work in RTP...so, I'll be heading downtown Durham after work that day.

      August 6, 2013

  • Shawna

    I got my ticket. Individual tickets are available for purchase in person or over the phone by calling The Carolina Theatre Box Office at[masked], box office telephone hours 11am-6pm. Tickets are $10 plus $3 service charge if order by phone in advance, held at will call / day of show.

    August 6, 2013

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