Ballot Measure 9 (home-use)

    • Directed by: Heather MacDonald
    • Produced by: Heather MacDonald

    Released: 1995
    Running Time: 72 min

    BALLOT MEASURE 9 is the starting point for dialogue about the democratic process, offering a valuable window to discussions about the health of the society in which we live. The Sundance-winning feature is a chilling chronicle of an historic gay-rights battle in Oregon. As the anti-gay violence escalates, the film evolves into an exposé of hate politics that crosses lines of race, religion, and sexual identity. As the polarizing issue of gay marriage re-invigorates these “cultural wars” of the last decade today, this classic documentary resonates as strongly as ever. Director Heather Lyn MacDonald ducks behind the headlines to bare the passions and strategies that drove both sides. Culled from hundreds of hours of material shot over the nine months leading to the election, BALLOT MEASURE 9 tells a story of driving urgency. The chasms that divide the country today keep BALLOT MEASURE 9 relevant to a new generation of citizens.


    • 40 Minute Bonus documentary with leading figures of the original film COMMENTARY with the Director and guests Donna Red Wing and Kathleen Saadat Bonus Scenes

    Ballot Measure 9 (Trailer) from Collective Eye Films on Vimeo.


    • Sundance Film Festival – Audience Award
    • National Educational Film Festival – Silver Apple
    • Berlin Film Festival – Teddy Bear
    • Edinburgh Film Festival – Best of the Fest 0
    • Los Angeles Outfest – Grand Jury Prize
    • Denver Int’l Film Festival – People's Choice Award
    • GLAAD Media Award – Best Documentary


    “A pivotal teaching tool…. Student comments after viewing this film have been striking for the level of critical self-reflection it inspires. They come away having learned a valuable and important history lesson, and with a heightened sense of responsibility and awareness of the subtle forms of intolerance in which they themselves have participated.” - Professor Douglas P. St. Christian, Dep’t of Anthropology, McMaster University

    “A far-ranging expose of hate politics that crosses lines of race, religion and sexual identity, this might be the next training manual on how to rescue the soul of America.” - B. Ruby Rich

    “A picture to make you scream.” - The Nation

    “One of the year’s outstanding documentaries.” - Seattle Times

    “Easily one of the best movies of the year...positively simmers.” - Los Angeles Weekly

    “Riveting...emotionally sizzling.” - San Francisco Chronicle

    “Shocking” – Toronto Globe & Mail

    “Unnerving.” – New Yorker

    “Hair raising horror film.” - Oregonian

    “Burns with energy” – Bay Area Reporter

    “Chilling and suspenseful” - New York Post

    “Gutsy...powerful” – Minneapolis Star Tribune

    “Splendid...breathlessly paced” – NY Newsday

    “Cuts to the heart of the current political climate…galvanizing.” - New York Times

    “Infuriating, inspiring and deeply depressing, this documentary is mandatory viewing for those who are still fighting to make America a true democracy.” – Los Angeles Weekly

    “A far-ranging exposé of hate politics that crosses lines of race, religion and sexual identity, this might be the next training manual on how to rescue the soul of America.” - B. Ruby Rich

    “An eye-opening and chilling portrayal of the epidemic of racial and anti-gay hatred.” – Toronto Globe & Mail

    “Ballot Measure 9 is a great tool for illustrating the influence of stereotypes and prejudice on behavior that threatens the civil liberties of all people.  It stimulates provocative discussion and gets students thinking about issues of social justice in their own lives.  I have found it to be an indispensable part of my curriculum.” - Dr. Laurie Rudman, Dep’t of Social Psychology, Rutgers University