THE RELIGIOUS TEST
A documentary film about Mormons and politics.
(July 2012) – Salt Lake City, UT – Genesis Media Works, in collaboration with M83 Media, is pleased to announce the release of the documentary feature, The Religious Test, an independent film production unaffiliated with or endorsed by any church, political candidate, political party, or PAC.
According to a 2011 Gallup Poll, 1 in 5 Americans say that they would not vote for a Mormon (“If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be Mormon, would you vote for that person?” 22% answered “No.”) Similar results have come from the same polls since first recorded in 1967.
This question is more compelling than ever now that a Mormon (a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) is a presidential nominee. Will America continue its trepidation toward voting for a Mormon? Or will we see views evolve in a large scale similar to what happened with Catholics with JFK’s election?
The documentary examines the historical narrative of Mormonism and captures how this particular American religion has developed politically over time. It also informs viewers about perceptions and misconceptions regarding Mormon faith and culture.
Professor and author, Joanna Brooks notes, “The 21st Century is going to be very important for Mormons. We’re going to establish how we relate to the rest of the world. And that’s coming right to the fore in the 2012 presidential contest.”
Although Mormonism is currently in the political spotlight, the film also explores the balance between Article VI and the 1st Amendment and what that means for democracy and religious freedom for all individuals and groups in America.
The film features political leaders, academics, and authors such as Senator Joseph Lieberman, Richard Bushman, Joanna Brooks, Ralph Hancock, Richard Mouw, Kirk Jowers, Kathleen Flake, Matthew Bowman, Daniel Peterson, Laurel Ulrich, David Campbell, and Nathan Oman, to name a few. The Religious Test will spark interfaith and inter-party discussion about where the line should be drawn between political due diligence (including discrimination) and constitutional fidelity.
Genesis Media Works, founded in 2006 and is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, produces transformative social documentary films.
THE RELIGIOUS TEST
A Documentary Exploring How Faith Can Move Mountains or Kill a Presidential Campaign.
(August 2011) – Salt Lake City, UT – Genesis Media Works, in collaboration with Old Future Studio Productions, is pleased to announce the production of the documentary feature The Religious Test, an in-depth study into why 1 in 5 Americans would not support a Mormon for President of the United States and what that means for American democracy and religious freedom.
“Sadly, the recent Gallup Poll data didn’t surprise me. What it did do was give me the resolve to set the record straight,” explains director Trevor Hill. “The constitution prohibits a religious test for presidents, and yet it’s understandable that a candidate’s faith, convictions, and beliefs would be of interest to the public. But where do we draw the line between political due diligence and constitutional infidelity?”
The film will examine the historical narrative of Mormonism and capture how this particular American religion has developed politically over time. The piece aims to chart the current social forces at work, find common ground between the faith chasm, and ultimately propose a route out of this religious/political wilderness.
Though Mormonism is at the forefront, this film really answers the larger question – why is faith still such a concern in presidential races and can Romney, Huntsman, et al, move heaven and earth in time for 2012? —
The filmmakers are leveraging the social crowfunding tool Kickstarter to garner financial and peer support for the film. Find more information about the film at www.thereligioustest.com or http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/genesismedia/the-religious-test-feature-documentary.
Genesis Media Works, which was founded in 2006 and is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, produces transformative social documentary films.
Old Future Studio Productions is a collaborative production house that creates thought-provoking video work with fresh perspectives and honest narratives.