The Case Against 8
U.S. Documentary


2013, 112 minutes, color, U.S.A.

Directing Award: U. S. Documentary

Election Day 2008: Californians passed Proposition 8, a measure that repealed the right of same-sex couples to marry. This documentary takes us behind the scenes of the high-profile trial that overturned the controversial constitutional amendment. The case first made headlines with the shocking alliance of lead attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies, political foes who last faced off on opposing sides in Bush v. Gore. The plaintiffs are two loving gay couples who find their families at the center of the same-sex marriage controversy.

Filmmakers Ben Cotner and Ryan White gain unparalleled access to the key players in the controversy and provide fly-on-the-wall coverage of a trial the public was never allowed to see. Shot over five years, this extraordinary film offers unprecedented insight into our justice system and the often mysterious process of taking a case to the Supreme Court. Chronicling one of the most significant civil rights battles in our nation’s existence, The Case Against 8 puts the viewer in the driver’s seat of history in the making.

Directors: Ben Cotner, Ryan White

Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins

Supervising Producer: Sara Bernstein

Coproducer: Rebekah Fergusson

Associate Producer: Carin Bortz

Composer: Blake Neely

Editors: Kate Amend, Helen Kearns

About the Directors

Ben Cotner has served as an executive for 10 years at Paramount Pictures and Open Road Films, where he most recently oversaw acquisitions and production. He has worked on such films as An Inconvenient Truth, American Teen, Mad Hot Ballroom, A Haunted House, Side Effects, The Grey, and End of Watch.

Ryan White is the director/producer of Good Ol’ Freda, which tells the story of the Beatles’ longtime secretary, Freda Kelly, and Pelada, a journey around the world through the lens of pickup soccer. White’s other credits include Capitol Crimes and 9/11: For the Record on Bill Moyers on PBS; Dead Wrong: Inside an Intelligence Meltdown on CNN; and Country Boys on PBS's Frontline.


1/18/2014 12:00 pm
Temple Theatre, Park City
1/20/2014 8:30 pm
The MARC, Park City
1/23/2014 1:00 pm
Redstone Cinema 2, Park City
1/24/2014 9:00 am
Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City
1/25/2014 12:30 pm
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, SLC
1/26/2014 11:00 am
Yarrow Hotel Theatre, Park City