About The Film


Fiscal Sponsorship provided by
Center for Documentary Arts

Major funding provided by
B. W. Bastian Foundation

Additional funding provided by
Eric J. Tierney Memorial Fund

Special thanks to our private donors
Melissa Larsen
Jane & Tami Marquardt
Michael & Debra Robinson
Albert Ochoa
Kevin Packer
Geralyn Dreyfus
Chris Johnson
Teri Niccoli & Ruth Price
Laurie Hutchison
David Newkirk
Ron Barness
Tim Houpt
Kent Frogley

Natural Family Values
48 minutes
Premiere 2008

IMDb Listing: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1358606


Director and Editor: Frank Feldman
Producers: Frank Feldman, Eric J. Tierney and Troy Williams
Associate Producer: Chris J. Howard
Executive Producer: Troy Williams
Cinematographer: Ryan Gass
Composer: Matt Mateus


Founded by Mormon polygamists, Kanab, Utah is a small, scenic Western town facing new development and an influx of people from around the country who are moving into its quiet neighborhoods. Set against this backdrop, Kanab finds itself a city divided between a religious majority struggling to assert its conservative identity and a vocal minority determined to make their home in a community that is afraid of change. In response to a perceived threat to their way of life, the mayor and city council unanimously approve a resolution that defines the kind of families they would like to see move in.

The ‘Natural Family Resolution’ that the mayor and city council adopts, based on a memorandum from a conservative political think-tank, assigns proper gender roles of men and women and defines the family as ‘one man, one woman’ with a ‘full quiver’ of children.

The town’s leadership is completely unprepared for the response from liberal citizens who call for the resolution to be rescinded. Local and national media focus attention on Kanab. The mayor stands firm, but the only woman member of the city council appears to be rethinking her support of the resolution. And while a minority of the residents are set on making their town welcoming to all, its conservative residents insist on taking a stand to protect the ‘natural family’ despite the town's cultural inheritance of a constantly changing definition of ‘family.’

Natural Family Values is an intimate portrait of a community at odds with itself, and what happens when democracy and theocracy clash.


Full Film Transcript (222 KB, Adobe PDF)


Quote from Kanab Resident
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