Steven Greenstreet

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Steven Greenstreet
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Steven Greenstreet shooting footage in Copenhagen, Denmark
Born (1979-03-14) March 14, 1979 (age 35)
Residence Silver Spring, MD, USA
Occupation Documentary Filmmaker
Website
www.stevengreenstreet.com

Steven Greenstreet (born March 14, 1979) is an American documentary filmmaker, known for the controversial film, 8: The Mormon Proposition, which was selected to premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Currently residing in Silver Spring, Maryland, [1] he has also worked as a video investigative journalist for the Huffington Post Investigative Fund and a video producer for the US State Department.[2]

Career[edit]

Greenstreet's feature debut, This Divided State (2005), captures the agitated climate surrounding Michael Moore's invitation to speak at Utah Valley State College shortly before the 2004 presidential elections. The largely conservative community of Orem erupted with controversy, which Greenstreet approaches from all sides of the debate. [3] The student council’s decision to book Moore was met with protests, petitions, threats, lawsuits, a $25,000 bribe, and even a special appearance by Sean Hannity, who gives a talk on campus only a few days before Moore’s arrival. [4] Juxtaposing candidly personal interviews with shots of unruly demonstrations, the film becomes a microcosm of the national political divisions and the debates surrounding free speech.[5]

Greenstreet illustrates the escalating obesity epidemic in America with his documentary Killer At Large (2008). The film investigates disturbing trends in how not only food addiction, but stress and fear, under-regulation and misinformation all contribute to the nation’s swelling weight problems. [6] Examining the often unhealthy state of school lunches and negative influence of kid-oriented advertising, the documentary reveals connections between the government and the food industry, exposing how children are the real victims of this obesity crisis. [7] Highlighting the example of twelve-year-old Brook Bates, whose 2006 liposuction surgery made national headlines, the film contemplates how the indoctrination of children to perpetuate unhealthy habits will supersede laying the blame on personal accountability. [8]

The premiere of 8: The Mormon Proposition (2010) at Sundance was met with a lengthy standing ovation despite the intense controversy surrounding it.[9] The film was inspired by ballot measures like California’s "Prop 8," designed to legally prohibit same-sex marriage. Addressing the estimated $22 million Mormons had raised along with internal church documents, the film unravels an extensive campaign carried out by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) with intent to influence California’s voters. [10] Contrasting hard statistics with emotionally charged testimonials from gays and families, 8: The Mormon Proposition reveals the detrimental effect of the LDS church’s persistent stance on homosexuality. [11] The church has declined all of the filmmakers’ requests for interviews; LDS spokesman Michael Purdy has commented on the matter, “We have not seen ‘8: The Mormon Proposition.’ However, judging from the trailer and background material online, it appears that accuracy and truth are rare commodities in this film. Clearly, anyone looking for balance and thoughtful discussion of a serious topic will need to look elsewhere.” [12]

In February 2013, it was announced that Greenstreet's next project is a documentary on pop singer Ke$ha. Greenstreet, along with Lagan Sebert, followed Ke$ha over two years as she performed in various countries and then returned to the U.S. to record her sophomore album, Warrior. The documentary will be released by MTV and premieres in April 2013. [13][14][15]

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chaney, Jen (January 30, 2010). "'8: The Mormon Proposition': Audacious look at church's role in gay-marriage ban". The Washington Post. 
  2. ^ Bloch, Brandon. "Words w/ Filmmaker Steven Greenstreet". ReadysetDC. 
  3. ^ Harris, Jen. "'State' takes adroit look at free speech". Yale Daily News. 
  4. ^ Harvey, Dennis (August 23, 2005). "This Divided State". Variety. 
  5. ^ Kadaba, Navin. "Hypocrisy Revealed in "This Divided State"". The Stanford Review. 
  6. ^ Godlasky, Anne. "'Killer at Large?' Obesity". USA TODAY. 
  7. ^ Neilson, Chris. "Killer at Large". DVD talk. 
  8. ^ Meaney, Jake. "Killer at Large". Pop Matters. 
  9. ^ Knegt, Peter. "Queers, Tears and Cheers: Prop 8 Doc Rallies Sundance Audience". indieWIRE. 
  10. ^ Holden, Stephen (June 18, 2010). "Marching in the War on Gay Marriage". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ Means, Sean. "'8' looks at mix of Mormonism and politics". 
  12. ^ Kaufman, Amy (June 21, 2010). "The roots of '8: The Mormon Proposition'". Los Angeles Times. 
  13. ^ Exley, Jennifer. "MTV Sets Ke$ha Docu-Series Premiere Date, Reveals Extended Preview (Video)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  14. ^ Montgomery, James. "Ke$ha Brings 'My Crazy Beautiful Life' To MTV: Watch A Preview!". Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Full cast and crew for "Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life"". Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Steven Greenstreet". International Movie Database. 

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