Scout’s Oath (film)

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Film

Scout’s Oath is a short documentary film focusing on the story of Len Lanzi. It is written and directed by Ryan Rambach and documents the impact of coming out as a gay man while working for the Los Padres Council of the Boy Scouts of America.[1] The film is a personal exposé piece and was funded by kickstarter.[2]

Plot

A documentary about Len Lanzi, a former Boy Scouts of America Scout Executive who was fired after coming out as gay in a public speech to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on October 17, 2000.[1][2][3] When speaking against a Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors proposal to cut support to the Scouts because the group excludes gays, he said, "I am gay." He disclosed this because he felt obliged to follow his Scout's honor and tell the truth. [4]

Reception

The film was shown at a number of film festivals including the Santa Fe Film Festival.[5]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Lanzi settles suit against Boy Scouts". Santa Barbara News-Press. 2001-06-15. http://www.newspress.com/Top/Article/article.jsp?Section=ARCHIVESW&ID=563345361800921104&Archive=true. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Scout's Oath background". 2014-06-15. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/700575146/scouts-oath. 
  3. The last day of the LGBT Film Festival
  4. Hong, Peter (2000-11-06). "Scout Official Is Fired After Saying He Is Gay". Scout Official Is Fired After Saying He Is Gay. http://articles.latimes.com/2000/nov/06/news/mn-47901. ""A Scout has to have integrity," Lanzi said. "And I could not speak up here without feeling hypocritical." He then embraced the 12 attributes of a Scout: "I am trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent."

    And now he is fired."
     
  5. http://santafefilmfestival.com/index/film/scouts-oath/
  6. http://highway61filmfestival.org/?p=275
  7. Sedona International Film Festival
  8. Appalachian Queer Film Festival
  9. http://artsfestival.queerwest.org/tag/boy-scouts-of-america/

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