Scout's Honor

A teenager and a 70 year-old man tackle antigay policies, showing what can happen when people unite with a common purpose.

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Series
POV
Premiere Date
June 19, 2001
Length
60 minutes
Funding Initiative
Open Call
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    2001 Sundance Film Festival-Freedom of Expression Award
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    2001 Sundance Film Festival-Audience Award for Best Documentary
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    2001 Turin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival -Audience Award for Best Documentary
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    2001 USA Film Festival -Grand Prize Award
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    2001 Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival-Best Documentary
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    2001 San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival-Audience Award for Best Documentary
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    Producer

    Tom Shepard

    Tom Shepard has directed and produced documentaries for over 15 years. His film Scout's Honor won the Audience Award for Best Documentary and Freedom of Expression Award at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. Scout's Honor was broadcast nationally on PBS when it opened P.O.V.'s 14th season. In 2006, he co-directed and produced Knocking, a film about Show more Jehovah's Witnesses, which broadcast nationally on the Independent Lens. Shepard helped coordinate national outreach campaigns for both of these films. He also has produced, directed and edited shorter films for the public television series Voting in America and Spark. Previously, Shepard worked as an editor at National Public Radio for Linda Wertheimer. At NPR, he co-produced Listening to America, an audio documentary on the history of public radio in America. He graduated from Stanford University, where he majored in biology and film. He is the former Chairman of New Day Films and lives in San Francisco. Show less

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    The Film

    "To be physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight" — this is the Boy Scout pledge. Since 1910, millions of boys have joined. But today, if you are openly gay, you can't. Witness how one remarkable 12-year-old Boy Scout named Steven Cozza launches a grassroots campaign to overturn the Boy Scouts' anti-gay policy. "Scouting for All" is the movement built by Cozza with the help of a longtime Scout leader, community members, and his own parents. Scout's Honor chronicles a modern interpretation of the scouting ideals of courage and honor.

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