Pursuit of Equality

Pursuit of Equality

Director: Geoff Callan, Mike Shaw, Gavin Newsom, Bevan Dufty

Cast: Geoff Callan, Mike Shaw, Gavin Newsom, Bevan Dufty

     
 
Filmmakers Geoff Callan and Mike Shaw examine the shifting perception of legal unions in 21st Century America with this documentary centering on the subject of same-sex marriage. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was just thirty-five days into his term when, on February 12, 2004, he gave San Francisco's Assessor-Recorder Mabel Teng orders to preside over the marriage

Overview

Filmmakers Geoff Callan and Mike Shaw examine the shifting perception of legal unions in 21st Century America with this documentary centering on the subject of same-sex marriage. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was just thirty-five days into his term when, on February 12, 2004, he gave San Francisco's Assessor-Recorder Mabel Teng orders to preside over the marriage of iconic lesbian activists Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon. Shortly thereafter, United States President George W. Bush implored Congress to pass an amendment explicitly defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. As thousands of same-sex couples flocked to San Francisco City Hall in hopes of pledging their love for their partners, a deeply divisive storm began to brew in the American political landscape. Protestors accused Mayor Newsom of political anarchy, demanding that he resign immediately and that the weddings stop. Less than one month later, on March 11, 2004, the justices of the California Supreme Court declared that same-sex marriages were to cease immediately. In this documentary, filmmakers allow viewers a closer look into San Francisco's new generation of politics while examining the long-term implications of civil and human rights decisions and posing questions about the roles that values and government play in the lives of everyday Americans.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2008
UPC:
0689076853385
Original Release:
2005
Source:
Prerogatives
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:20:00

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gavin Newsom Participant
Bevan Dufty Participant
Stuart Gaffney Participant
Dennis Herrera Participant
Mark Leno Participant
Phyllis Lyon Participant
Del Martin Participant
Rosie O'Donnell Participant
Mabel Teng Participant
Mark Wilson Participant
Lewis Nelson Narrator

Technical Credits
Geoff Callan Director,Cinematographer,Producer
Mike Shaw Director,Cinematographer,Editor
Nick Booth Cinematographer
John De Borde Score Composer
John Fraser Associate Producer,Cinematographer
Betsy Gordon Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pursuit of Equality
1. Equal Rights Struggle [3:26]
2. The Real Story [4:11]
3. Making History [9:52]
4. Under Attack [7:55]
5. Because of Love [6:20]
6. Action & Reaction [5:14]
7. Repent America [6:05]
8. Divisive Amendment [6:11]
9. The Fight Continues [9:26]
10. A Step Backwards [5:30]
11. Renewed Hope [7:44]
12. Epilogue/End Credits [6:32]

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