2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

The Case Against 8


A behind-the-scenes look inside the historic case to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage. The high-profile trial first makes headlines with the unlikely pairing of Ted Olson and David Boies, political foes who last faced off as opposing attorneys in Bush v. Gore. The film also follows the plaintiffs, two gay couples who find their families at the center of the same-sex marriage controversy. Five years in the making, this is the story of how they took the first federal marriage equality lawsuit to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Director: Ben Cotner, Ryan White

Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins

Producer: Ben Cotner, Ryan White

Cinematographer: Rebekah Fergusson, Ryan White, Ben Cotner, Joe Anderson (interviews)

Editor: Kate Amend

Music: Blake Neely

Additional Credits: Supervising Producer: Sara Bernstein, Associate Editor: Helen Kearns, Co-Producers: Rebekah Fergusson, Jessica Lawson, Associate Producer: Carin Bortz, Motion Designer: Steve Antholis


Ben Cotner served as an executive for ten years at Paramount Pictures and Open Road Films, where he most recently oversaw acquisitions and production.

Ryan White is the director/producer of Good Ol’ Freda (Magnolia Pictures, 2013), and Pelada (PBS International/Cinetic, 2010).

Distributor: HBO

Sales Agent: Josh Braun


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