Dianne: I've heard the LDS church tried to stop the film. Is that true? In what ways?
CWS: It has been suggested to me by many supportive ex-Mormons that each ward has a media representative and that one of their duties is to keep an eye out for any kind of negativity in the press or any kind of negative movies about the LDS faith. The job of the representative is to "round up the troops" to inundate the media on all fronts with angry, negative letters. It is a very effective way of fighting.
The LDS church is very rich, very organized, and very powerful. They own major newspapers, are major stockholders in Coca Cola, the satellites, and major enterprises like the Marriott Hotels. They have amazing control over their people and blind loyalty.
If only the Christians were as organized...we'd probably rule the world! But, Christianity is based on free will and salvation through grace. So maybe we don't "work" as hard to get to heaven.
Coming next: Did you work with any of the descendants of the survivors of the wagon train? Have you met them?