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Full Frame Screens “The Case Against 8” as Part of NC Pride 2014

Film still from "The Case Against 8."

Film still from “The Case Against 8.”

On September 26, in celebration of NC Pride 2014Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will present a free outdoor screening of festival favorite The Case Against 8 at Durham’s Central Park. Screening starts at dusk and is free and open to the public. Duke University and Center for Documentary Studies alumni Ryan White (’04) and Ben Cotner directed The Case Against 8, and the duo was awarded the Directing Award: U.S. Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014. White and Cotner’s film follows the legal battle to defeat California’s Proposition 8, which revoked same-sex marriage rights in the state. Following the plaintiffs’ five-year journey to the Supreme Court, the film illuminates the human side of a much-publicized news story. Watch a video of Ryan White and Ben Cotner discussing The Case Against 8 filmmaking process here.

Outdoor Screening of The Case Against 8
Friday, September 26, 8:30 p.m.
Durham Central Park
501 Foster Street, Durham, North Carolina

Ryan made his first short films at Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, graduating with a CDS Certificate in Documentary Studies; he also studied filmmaking at the university’s Program in Arts of the Moving Image. His first feature documentary, the award-winning Pelada, was made with Duke and CDS support and co-directed by fellow certificate grads Gwendolyn Oxenham and Rebekah Fergusson. Ryan’s next feature doc, 2013’s Good Ol’ Freda, premiered at SXSW and screened at numerous film festivals, including the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, before a theatrical release in fall 2013.

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies.

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