In a matter of months, Minnesota went from almost banning same-sex marriage forever to embracing marriage equality. How did this turnaround happen? It's a very timely question since a US Supreme Court decision now leaves it up to individual states to wrestle with the marriage equality issue.
During our three years of covering the Minnesota story, our journalists found that powerful personal stories made the difference. Those stories also make a powerful movie.
Humanity can melt hatred, even in a cold place like Minnesota.
This documentary will show those inspiring stories as well as the organizing savvy and brave politics that enabled those stories to make a difference —but only if we get your help.
The UpTake was there every step of the way in this marriage equality battle: From showing the start of a citizen boycott that stopped major retailers from donating to an anti-gay candidate for governor, to covering the contentious statewide debate and vote that would have locked discrimination into Minnesota's constitution, to showing the final lobbying and winning over of key votes that legalized marriage equality.
No other organization has more critical moments on video inside and outside the legislature on this crucial issue. That puts us in a unique position to tell the story of what happened in a comprehensive and emotionally engaging documentary. Because of our connections with other media, this documentary can get wide distribution, including being shown on national television.
It’s a story that needs to be told as other states will now grapple with the same issues Minnesota did. But the nation won’t see this story unless you help us out. And because we’re a non-profit, a portion of your donation may be tax deductible.
Our team is led by Executive Producer Michael McIntee, who has produced television for more than 30 years, has created programming for many national TV channels, and has produced several historical documentaries. For the last three years he’s worked with a small army of UpTake journalists, photographers and editors to cover this story like no other media can.
We’ve done most of the hard work, now it’s up to you to make this documentary happen. Please chip in with a donation!
Risks and challenges
Documentaries can always be dragged down with technical and legal problems. Cameras, computers and software do not always do what you want them to do. Obtaining rights to critical video can take a lot of time and/or money.
Luckily we are very experienced with using existing technology and figuring out the new stuff. Our team was livestreaming video in 2007 when few knew it was possible. We've produced live events and edited videos while trapped in massive crowds of protesters. Having the luxury of time makes just about any technical problem solvable.
We also have already either shot or obtained the rights to the key video elements for most of this documentary. We're well versed in copyright law and know how to obtain the proper clearances for any additional video we need, as well as music and other essential production elements.
In other words, we're pros at this. We live for this stuff.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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