This Divided State

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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 ...
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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.
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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • UPC: 826262001698
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Disinformation
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 89,186

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jay Vogel Participant
Jim Bassey Participant
Alex Caldiero Participant
Michael Moore Participant
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
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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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Menu

Disc #1 -- This Divided State
   Play Movie
   Chapters
   Extras
      Hannity vs. Moore
         More Michael Moore
         More Sean Hannity
      The Resignation
      Music Video: "Propaganda" by the Slackers
      Angry Man
         Kay Anderson Uncut
         Kay Anderson's Petition Table
         Kay Anderson vs. Hip-Hop Star Nelly...
         Sitting Down With Kay Anderson
      The Usual Suspects
         Anti-Hannity Rally
         The Controversy and Beyond
         Mormonism & Religion
         The Other Kay Anderson
      The Filmmakers
         Video Diary From the Film Makers
         This Divided State Trailer
      Audio Commentary
         With Director and Crew
         With Director and Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Divided State is worth every penny you spend

    This Divided State is a sobering lesson on how not to talk to each other.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must-see for Utahns and Latter-day Saints

    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.

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