When I saw this story, I recalled that the 1996 O.J. Simpson civil trial was not televised — unlike the infamous murder trial when he was acquitted. The E! channel produced a next-day re-enactment of the prior day’s verbatim transcripts using actors in a courtroom. Simpson was found liable for the deaths of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman in the civil trial.
I don’t know if filmmaker John Ireland was inspired by the above, but it’s a great idea to bring the Prop 8 federal trial trial to life since SCOTUS has blocked the broadcast of the landmark event.
Freelance journalist and filmmaker John Ireland, who’s based in Los Angeles and regularly examines gay rights issues, will produce a daily re-enactment of the Proposition 8 federal trial and post it on YouTube, starting this week.
Ireland has been casting the parts of pro-gay marriage lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, and anti-gay marriage attorney Charles Cooper, among others, over this weekend.
Filming started over the weekend according to On Top Magazine, and the first “episode” will debut on YouTube on Tuesday.
“People want to see this drama unfold and there is a tremendous narrative that was propelled by that first day of testimony. This is the first time that gay and lesbian people have talked about their lives in federal court. It’s historic from that point of view.”