The Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN) will air the award-winning documentary, “There Ought to Be A Law,” on June 21 at 10 p.m. and on June 23 at 11 a.m. as part of its series of Maine-made films.
“There Ought to Be A Law” follows a Lewiston woman, Cathy Crowley, in her effort to get the Maine Legislature to pass a law requiring a waiting period for young people purchasing firearms. Crowley, a self-described “average Mom” with no political experience, was prompted to act after her 18-year-old son bought a gun at Walmart and killed himself. The film follows the waiting period bill as it makes its way through the legislature and shows how lobbying works — on both sides of the controversial issue.
The film’s producers – Geoffrey Leighton, Anita Clearfield and Shoshana Hoose – received the Maine Film Academy’s Groundbreaking Activist Leadership Award for their work on the documentary. The film also received a competitive distribution grant from the Paul Robeson Fund in New York City and a Maine Community Foundation Grant. “There Ought to Be A Law” has been screened at colleges, theaters and on the Liberty Television network across the country. It won numerous film festival awards, including an official selection at the Maine International Film Festival, the Women’s International Film Festival in Florida and the Camden International Film Festival.
“This issue of gun violence is as relevant today as it was when Cathy’s son died,” says filmmaker Anita Clearfield. An award-winning on-line curriculum can be downloaded at the film website: www.thereought2bealaw.com. As the basis for study of how a state law is passed, the curriculum also uses the film to make relevant educational connections with such issues as the 2nd amendment, gun violence and suicide.