Sons of Perdition, a 2008 Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund recipient, offers a rare, inside look at polygamist teens who've become religious refugees in mainstream America. It's now available on DVD -- co-director Tyler Measom shares this update on the film and its subjects.
It’s been a fantastic year for the documentary Sons of Perdition. We were fortunate to have been invited to over 45 film festivals worldwide, yet none was more pleasing than our premiere at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. Based upon the success and recognition we received at Tribeca, the film was acquired by the Oprah Winfrey Network and had its broadcast debut this past June.
Sam, Bruce and Joe (the boys from the film) absolutely love being a part of the movie and were fortunate to have traveled to many of the screenings throughout the country (yes, ex-polygamists let loose in New York City). They are all doing quite well and working towards enrolling in college.
As filmmakers, we worked closely with the Attorney General in Texas to help build a case against the former FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, who is now imprisoned for rape. It’s one thing to make a film about a social issue, but we are quite proud to have actually been a direct part of curbing the practice of underage marriage. Through our non-profit organization, the film has helped raise awareness and funds to help those who have been exiled from polygamy.
We are currently in production on two feature documentaries and a narrative film.
The Sons of Perdition DVD can be purchased at SonsOfPerditionthemovie.com.