“8: The Morman Propo$ition” director Reed Cowan talks about plans to make film about anti-gay bullying
I had a chat with Reed Cowan
, writer-director of the film 8: The Morman Propo$ition
at the PFLAG event Friday night and asked what he was working on next.
I’m glad I asked!
Reed told me that just the night before, he had started working with and Dustin Lance Black (Oscar-winning screenwriter for Milk) and Charles Robbins (Executive Director of The Trevor Project) on a documentary-style film. (Black narrated 8: The Morman Propo$ition)
“It’s going to be made for television on this recent rash of suicides and trying to get this talked about,” he said. “This was the official meeting and now we’re going to start pitching it to networks. It will be documentary style.”
Cowan offered these details: “The film will start out inside the call center of The Trevor Project which gets some 30,000 crisis phone calls a year. So the film will start out there and we will profile some of the young people who called in crisis. Whether they called with a bottle of pills in their hands, a gun to their head, a noose in one hand ready to put it around their necks. We are going to give that pain a voice, we’re going to turn it into some purpose because this is a teachable moment in our world.”
He says the film has no working title yet but he will be the director.
“We’re going to do it as quickly as we can and yet we’re not going to go too fast and compromise our quality because these stories deserve production perfection,” he said.
Cowan said he strives to have his work reach beyond like-minded people: “Somebody poted on my Facebook page: ‘I am a religious person, a conservative, a Republican and you made me think. You made me the world a little bit differently than I did before I sat down and watched [8: The Morman Propo$ition
“A lot of people say ‘You’re preaching to the choir and I want to say, ‘Which choir?’ Our film talks to a lot of different people and helped forward the dialogue of what happens when a religion gets involved in politics. It examines the question of do we want a theocracy or do we want a democracy in our country. And the thing that I’m happiest about are the young LGBT who are reaching out and say, ‘Thank you for giving a voice to the pain that I felt as a young kid because I almost didn’t make it. That means the world.”