As many of you know, for the past few years documentarian Helen Whitney (Emmy Award, Peabody Award, Oscar nomination, the Humanitas Award, and the prestigious duPont-Columbia Journalism Award) has been working on a documentary for PBS Frontline on the LDS Church/Mormonism. I first met Helen at last year’s Sunstone Salt Lake symposium, where I saw her interviewing Grant Palmer for the documentary, among many other “Sunstoneites.”
Well, for the past year, the perception on anti-Mormon boards (and even FAIR) has been that the upcoming documentary was going to be a “hatchet job” on Mormonism.
Today, while listening to a recent interview w/ musician and anti-Mormon Tal Bachman (around time code 37:50), Tal revealed that he has the opposite impression about the documentary–that Helen Whitney is actually very, very pro-LDS church. This is based on his own dinner w/ Ms. Whitney, and his participation in the documentary process.
Anyway, this segment of the interview is interesting, for those interested. It definitely was a surprise to me.
Personally, I hope the documentary is fair, and respectful–and honest. Though I must admit (form personal experience) that this is a hard balance to strike.