On Monday and Tuesday of this week, we shared "ARTICLE VI: Faith. Politics. America." with audiences in Atlanta, Newport Beach, and Salt Lake City. I attended the latter two screenings.
As film makers, we were unsure how a large audience would take the film. As artists, we were nervous, but grateful for the large crowds. In Newport Beach, the beautiful old Lido Theater was stunning, and before the showing it seemed cavernously large. But by showtime, all three theaters were full, assuring us that people cared about the topic we hoped to illuminate.
As it turned out, the audiences appreciated the film, and many seemed genuinely moved. One gentleman said,
"We were just out to dinner, and we looked at the theater and said, 'It sure doesn't look like they're showing Juno...' so we said what the heck, let's check it out. And after seeing the film, I think it should be shown in high schools as a civic lesson, a history lesson, and a lesson in tolerance."
At another screening, a woman stood up and shared a tender analogy in accented English:
"I don't know how many of you are familiar with quilting, but quilting starts with a single piece of cloth, not much by itself. But after you put it together, a beautiful thing emerges. As an immigrant, I am very aware of how beautiful this quilt of a country is, and after seeing this film I'm reminded again."
Many shared that they thought the film was thought-provoking for them as individuals and for us as a country.
We couldn't have asked for a warmer, more sincere welcome for this project.
We thank everyone for their kind thoughts and comments about our film. We sincerely hope that those of you who are interested in this topic will take a moment to stop by our website, engage in this important debate, and if you feel so inclined, see and share the film.