Mormon is Out at Los Angeles Film Festival

Posted on 25 November 2008 by admin

Richard Raddon, the Mormon director of the LA Film Festival, has resigned from his job following the uproar of controversy around his $1500 donation to the Yes on 8 campaign.

The donation came to light lmost two weeks ago, a revelation that caused Raddon to tender his resignation to Film Independent. At the time, the board did not accept Raddon’s offer, though the move didn’t quite stem the debate over Raddon’s future and whether a potential boycott would devastate the festival when it returns next summer. 

Now, the resignation is in and it’s real this time.  He said in a statement, ”As many know, I consider myself a devout and faithful Mormon. I prefer to keep the details around my contribution through my church a private matter. But I am profoundly sorry for the negative attention that my actions have drawn to Film Independent and for the hurt and pain that is being experienced in the GLBT community.”

The Los Angeles Times reported on the controversy over the weekend:

Gregg Araki, director of the critically acclaimed gay cult hit “Mysterious Skin” and an influential figure in “new queer cinema,” has said he won’t allow his films to be shown [in Cinemark theaters], while others, such as “Milk” producers and gay activists Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, say they’re going to “study in depth all the facets of our specific situation before making a decision.”

Araki says Raddon should step down. “I don’t think he should be forcibly removed. The bottom line is if he contributed money to a hateful campaign against black people, or against Jewish people, or any other minority group, there would be much less excusing of him. The terrible irony is that he runs a film festival that is intended to promote tolerance and equality.”

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. libhomo Says:

    Well, it’s OK to go to that festival now.

  2. Mike Says:

    So is it ok for people to be fired if they voted for certain candidates too? Or if they vote for a particular political party. Who are acting like bigots and nazi’s now?

  3. admin Says:

    The nazis are the ones who think that it’s OK to vote on something if its on the ballot. We all know that anything can be put on the ballot, even *immoral* things. If you voted for a candidate whto advocated putting Jews in gas chambers, yes, voting for that candidate would be immoral.

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