S.F. Bloggersnacker, 6-14

Guys, how about we get together Sat. night? I’ll be in the Bay Area, watching Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons. Leave a comment (and use your real email in the comment box) if you’re interested in having a little get-together.


  1. sounds good

  2. Now this is just cruel and unusual punishment, Steve. I’m from the Bay Area, but I won’t be getting home to SF until July 10! :-(

  3. Yup, me too. I’ll be down there in July; sorry to miss it.

  4. I’ll be out of town at a family reunion that day. Too bad- it sounds like fun.

  5. If you can get it together, I’m game.

  6. If people can’t make the showing at SFBFF, it will be showing Sunday at the Oakland VC!

  7. Really? When is it showing at the Visitor’s Center? I can totally throw that out to my cheapo friends.

    I’m interested in the snacker. I’d have teens with me though.

  8. mmiles,
    seriously? that’s much more convenient for me, do you have the info?

  9. Seriously. 7:00 pm. I don’t know how they’ll fit everyone in though. It seems like the interstake center would make a better venue.

  10. FWIW, I think you’re missing out if you don’t go see it at the film festival. I would go, but am unable to because of a prior commitment.

  11. Just the fact that they are showing it at the VC will encourage some of the more conservative of my friends. I’ve already got my tickets ordered for the film festival.

    Does anyone know how the ticket sales are going?

  12. Jami,
    Sadly, I think you are correct. It seems that some of the friends I have encouraged to go see it at the festival think it is some kind of borderline-apostate film. I am personally flummoxed as to why this is. One of my co-bloggers experienced the same thing.

  13. mmiles–I’m not at all flummoxed. A film about black Mormons? If you didn’t know that Darius and I had made it (and if you didn’t have a sense of who we are), wouldn’t you assume it was an anti- flick? I’m guessing that without knowing who had directed it, I’d assume it was either something pornographic or antagonistic–because I know that the Church has a reputation for being racist. Hence, if the Church itself didn’t do the film, somebody ELSE did it. So I’m not surprised by the question, “Has the Church endorsed this?” (My answer is something like, “Heck no! We’ve done everything we can to stay independent.” But I do manage to mention that several general authorities have seen it and have been very supportive. I think eight GAs have seen it at this point. I haven’t kept count.) But if someone told me, “Hey, the film festival is showing something on Mormon polygamy. Aren’t you excited? It’s called _All of his Wives Want Him_–I suspect I’d make some assumptions. I’d likely opt for _Kung Fu Panda_ instead. At least I know who Jack Black is.

    Btw, the author of that blog you linked was at the commemoration in the tabernacle on Sunday. It was wonderful to see her and her friend.

  14. I’m dying to see it, but I haven’t heard when it will be in AZ yet.
    At the Rocky Mt Retreat, a few folks had seen it and said that it was rather faith-promoting, so I’m surprised to hear otherwise. (of course, faith-promoting to an average Mormon is quite different to faith-promoting to a feminist blogger)

  15. mmiles,
    I remember reading her post and tried to put a really positive spin on my invitation to everyone I know. It doesn’t help that it’s more than two hours away and gas is costing $4.50 a gallon. But as far as I’m concerned that’s why credit cards were invented. Everyone needs to foolishly splurge from time to time!

  16. Jessawhy–We have no scheduled screenings in Arizona. Sorry. It IS faith-promoting for just about everyone. There are exceptions. There are people who have solid ideas drawn from past teachings who are somewhat threatened. But we’ve gotten standing ovations in all predominantly LDS settings. (Now, of course, we’re offended when we don’t get a standing ovation.) I’d say most people are relieved by the film. We give voice to long-silenced people and issues.

  17. Are there any details?

  18. Steve Evans says:

    Jami, I’ll drop you a line. Any other takers?

  19. It’s looking like I’ll have to miss both showings, but Saturday night is still possible, so let me know…

  20. Steve Evans says:

    cchrissyy, now emailing you.

  21. Do I get an email?

  22. Steve Evans says:

    you do!

  23. Just an update, Nobody Knows will now be at the inerstake center on Temple Hill, same time–7:00 pm.

  24. Thanks, mmiles. I need to mention that this is an EXCEPTIONAL showing–meaning that we are making an exception. We are showing it in the stake center because we cannot accommodate the crowd in the visitors’ center. This is NOT a church-sponsored screening.

    Btw, we had a marvelous time at the festival–a sold-out show, followed by a smashing interview with the brilliant Connell O’Donovan and then a delightful dinner with Steve and Summer Evans. The guy who set up our interview at the Museum of the African Diaspora (not LDS) is bringing his wife to the screening tonight in Oakland. (He saw it at the museum.) Someone said, “There were really good vibes in there.” Is that a non-Mormon reference to the Spirit? :)

    Bruce and I saw several of our missionaries in the airport. They gave us passalong cards. Bruce distributed two–so far.

  25. Dinner? Now Steve, my husband and I could have easily made dinner! And we already had a sitter for the kids!

    It was lovely meeting you. We had an interesting, yet heated, discussion on the way home–I’ll have to email you.

  26. It was a wonderful film. I arrived a few minutes late and my daughter and I had to sit separately because there were only a couple of seats empty, and those empties were filled by the end of the screening. I laughed, I cried, I learned. I am looking forward to the DVD so that I can share it with my whole family. (And so I can see the beginning.)

    I was sorry you couldn’t make it to the screening, mmiles. I was looking forward to meeting you.

    Meeting Margaret and Bruce, Sumer and Steve, Cchrissyy was quite nice. Sumer and Cchrissyy, I didn’t know how much I wanted to meet you, but it was delightful talking with you both. I hope our paths cross again.

  27. Steve Evans says:

    cchrissyy, I know — we went to a taqueria and completely overate. It was wonderful.

  28. After a while, do we all begin to blur together, Steve?

  29. yes.

  30. Kevin Barney says:

    So how did the snacker go? Do we get a report?

    (In the future we need to make sure someone from FMH attends all snackers; they post pictures!)

  31. Kev, it was a modest gathering. Pie was eaten; stories were shared; hearts were gladdened.

  32. Kevin, I don’t know if it really qualifies as a snacker. There were just the five of us.

    Imagine a diner, a big corner booth, three women (near strangers) sharing their life stories while a sleep deprived teen tries not to laugh at the lone male who is forced to listen to diapers, fertility, and child care talk. As the women talk shop, the lone male tries with moderate success to pull the conversation back into gender neutral territory with his clever quips.

    It was fun.

  33. I neglected to mention how fun it was to meet Jami and Mmiles. I’m dying to hear about the “heated discussion”, mmiles.

    In our dinner, taquitos were eaten, testimonies were shared, hearts were gladdened. We fairly skipped home, so grateful that we had made the right choice, and had listened to that still, small voice saying, “Get Mexican!”

  34. Jami and Steve and Sumer, “I didn’t know how much I wanted to meet you, but it was delightful ” sums it up for me as well. Best wishes to you all!