The Ellen Page and Julianne Moore lesbian rights movie titled “Freeheld” was denied filming access to its campus by a Catholic High School recently.
A Catholic High School has denied to give filming access to Ellen Page and Julianne Moore for their lesbian rights movie titled “Freeheld”. The movie Freeheld is the true story of a lesbian twosome who fought tooth and nail for their basic human rights and won the case after a decade long struggle. And while President Obama may have encouraged gays and lesbians to come out of the closet, there still seems to be a long way to go for LGBT issues in the United States.
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Same-sex marriages are on the rise yet there are huge swathes of extreme conservatism in what is termed the Free World. That is what the cast and director of Freeheld had to face awhile ago. According to BuzzFeed, the film depicts the actresses…Ellen Page and Julianne Moore as Sapphic subjects who demand their right to a life on the same level as the other heterosexuals that inhabit society.
Since Julianne is about to die of lung cancer she wants her pension to go to her partner, Ellen Page. And for this the two have to engage in a bloody scuffle with the full past weight of orthodox law. One of the shots for the movie required a monumental edifice that looked like a town hall. Salesian High School, a private male Catholic institution, was decided upon being the avenue for the scenes in the beginning.
But what was discovered not long after the decision got made was that the school authorities had denied this request on behalf of the filmmakers. That was when the producer himself personally discussed the snag with the principal.
The principal told him to email Father John Serio who happened to be the president of the institute. He did so but no answer was forthcoming. The producer of Freeheld has expressed his dejection at the stubbornness.
He said that with all due respect, it was a sad thing indeed. “I respect their right to say no,” Shamberg said. “But it’s sad.”
When the principal was re-contacted regarding the matter he said that the school didn’t ban any social group from campus and especially held issues such as destitution, dereliction and hunger as urgent societal problems that had to be solved soon.
And when he was further probed by email, he simply spoke of how his previous statement was sufficient to answer all their questions. "They turned us down because of the subject matter," Shamberg told THR in the email. "I believe the theme of the movie is what Pope Francis recognized just yesterday when he called for the Church to welcome and accept gay people."
Using religion to justify bigotry makes me sad. Sending my support 2 the LGBT students at the school who I hope r able 2 find acceptance.— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) October 21, 2014
"The mayor personally came to the set and greeted us and introduced his teenage daughters to Julianne," said Shamberg. "Clearly, there are a lot of different attitudes in the area."
It appears intolerance can wear many guises!
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