About the Film
Church & State is the improbable story of a brash, inexperienced gay activist and a tiny Salt Lake City law firm that joined forces to topple Utah’s gay marriage ban.
The film’s ride on the bumpy road to equality in Utah offers a glimpse at the Mormon church’s influence in state politics and the squabbles inside the gay community that nearly derailed a chance to make history.
Church & State is a story of triumph, setback and a little-known lawsuit that should have failed, but instead paved the way for a U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized gay unions nationwide.
Blue Fox Entertainment presents a Quadrille Film production, made possible by the generous support of friends, family, individual donors, and the volunteer efforts of a group of filmmakers whose dedication ensured that this story was brought to the big screen.
Tuckett is a documentary and narrative film producer and cinematographer. Her company, Flying Hat Productions, has produced more than 35 short narrative documentary, music video, commercial and industrial projects. Tuckett’s producer credits include the narrative film Una Vida Mejor, which successfully toured the festival circuit. Working as a skilled freelancer in the camera and production departments, her work has contributed to more than 40 narrative and documentary and television productions, including National Geographic, Discovery, American Idol and NBC Olympics. Tuckett produced, directed and edited her first short documentary, Timi Earl Skeleton Girl, which was screened at the Park City Film Series in conjunction with the Sundance Film Festival.
For more than 20 years, Wilcox has produced Emmy-award winning nonfiction television programing for the Discovery Channel, PBS and BYU Television, and has taught advanced courses in documentary at Brigham Young University. Wilcox is the founder of the Empathy First Initiative, a nonprofit that seeks to cultivate empathy in addressing divisive cultural issues and co-founded Mormons Building Bridges, which advocates for improved relations between the Mormon church and its LGBTQ members. Wilcox is currently working on a feature link documentary Far Between, which explores the experiences of gay Mormons.
James has acquired diverse global business exposure for over 20 years as well as experience in development, production and marketing features films and documentaries. Active in social causes including Equality Utah and the Utah Film Center. James and Marianne also spend time with their 5 children and an aging Jack Russell who bears an eerie resemblance to Milo from THE MASK.
Jennifer Dobner is a Salt Lake City-based journalist with more than two decades of reporting experience. Dobner has worked for newspapers across the West, including The San Diego Union-Tribune, Idaho Falls Post-Register, Deseret News and The Salt Lake Tribune. For seven years she was the lead reporter for the Salt Lake City bureau of the Associated Press and as a freelancer has worked for Reuters, The New York Times and Outside Magazine. Dobner has written extensively about the Mormon church, polygamy, gay rights, criminal justice, capital punishment and western land use issues.
Torben Bernhard is an award-winning director, editor, and cinematographer who has made films on subjects ranging from the disappearance of a town in Southern Utah to the life of a trash picker in Thailand, to "Transmormon," the story of a Mormon family’s gradual acceptance of their transgender daughter. He has directed and produced several critically-acclaimed short and feature documentaries that have been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Upworthy, People Magazine, The USA Today, and at the Sundance Film Festival.
Nami Melumad is a Los Angeles based composer originally from Israel. Her credits include over 90 narrative and documentary films, tv & theater productions. In 2017 she was nominated for a Hollywood-Music-In-Media award for This Day Forward (Best Indie Feature Score) and won Best Score (Short) at Fimucite, the Tenerife international film-music festival. She had recorded music at East West Studios, Capitol Records, Fox Newman Scoring Stage and Warner Brothers Eastwood Scoring Stage. Her works have been performed by the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, The Israel Sinfonietta Beer Sheva and Helix Collective Ensemble. Nami is a graduate of the highly rigorous Scoring for Motion Pictures and TV program (SMPTV) at the University of Southern California, and holds a B.A. in multi-style composition from the Jerusalem Academy of Music. Nami plays flute, piano, and guitars and when not tracking music, she enjoys trekking.