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This Divided State
     

This Divided State

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Director: Steven Greenstreet, Jay Vogel, Jim Bassey, Alex Caldiero

Cast: Steven Greenstreet, Jay Vogel, Jim Bassey, Alex Caldiero

 
The state of Utah has long been home to the American headquarters of the Church of Latter-Day Saints (better known as the Mormons), and as befits the straight-laced lifestyle dictated by the faith, Utah tends to be a solidly conservative community and traditionally supportive of Republican candidates. However, many gained a perspective on just how conservative

Overview

The state of Utah has long been home to the American headquarters of the Church of Latter-Day Saints (better known as the Mormons), and as befits the straight-laced lifestyle dictated by the faith, Utah tends to be a solidly conservative community and traditionally supportive of Republican candidates. However, many gained a perspective on just how conservative Utah was in September 2004, when filmmaker and leftist activist Michael Moore was invited to speak on the campus of Utah Valley State College in Orem, UT two weeks before the presidential election. While UVSC organizers expected some degree of controversy, no one anticipated the bitter firestorm of criticism that resulted, with many community leaders denouncing Moore and demanding that the event be canceled, with some on the event committee receiving death threats. (Joe Vogel, the student body vice-president who helped spearhead Moore's appearance, happened to be a former Mormon missionary and card-carrying Republican who believed that Moore's right to speak outweighed his own opinion about his views.) One of the most outspoken critics was businessman Kay Anderson, who was especially critical of the fact UVSC were paying Moore an honorarium to speak on campus. Anderson, who told reporters Moore "hates our values and would like to destroy us," offered the school 25,000 dollars to cancel the event. As tempers flared, some supporters of Moore's visit questioned the political influence of the Mormon church in Utah, while others wondered if someone can be a good Mormon and a liberal at the same time. This Divided State is a documentary directed by Steven Greenstreet, who studied at both Brigham Young University and UVSC, which offers a bird's-eye view of the controversy with a number of community and student representatives on both sides of the issue contributing their views.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2005
UPC:
0826262001698
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
NR
Source:
Disinformation
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:28:00

Special Features

Kay Anderson uncut; Kay Andreson's petition drive; Student anti-Hannity rally; More Sean Hannity; Propaganda music video - live performance by the Slackers; Epilogue interviews with the main characters; Nelly concert - untold story of Kay Anderson versus hip-hop artist Nelly; Filmmaker's video diary; Trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jay Vogel Participant
Jim Bassey Participant
Alex Caldiero Participant
Michael Moore Himself
Sean Hannity Himself
Kay Anderson Himself
Joe Vogel Himself
Jim Bassi Himself
Sean Vreeland Himself
Ken Brown Himself

Technical Credits
Steven Greenstreet Director,Cinematographer,Editor,Producer
Wes Aldredge Cinematographer
Matt Easlin Cinematographer
Phil Gordon Co-producer
Josh Ligiari Cinematographer
Michelle Pate Production Manager
Elias Pate Asst. Director
Bryan Young Asst. Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- This Divided State
1. Opening Titles [2:52]
2. Controversy Begins [5:17]
3. Hannity Announcement [6:35]
4. Student Rally [5:10]
5. Kay Is Pissed [3:14]
6. Public Panel Discussion [8:14]
7. Radio Show [2:48]
8. Jim and Joe [1:40]
9. Pizza and Darth Vader [4:28]
10. Sean Hannity 10-11-04 [14:34]
11. The Lawsuit [3:03]
12. Tension Mounts [6:29]
13. Michael Moore 10-20-04 [11:43]
14. Afterwards and Election Day [5:44]
15. Resignation and Epilogue [4:48]
16. Credits [1:47]

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This Divided State 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Divided State is a sobering lesson on how not to talk to each other.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I don't believe there's such a thing as a completely unbiased documentary, filmmaker Steven Greenstreet goes out of his way to devote equal time to all points of view. Because the film relies almost exclusively on direct footage of interviews and public events, those who complain that the film made them look bad really have no one to blame but themselves for their words and actions.