Droves of people come out for Add the Words movie screening

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI ) -- Around 700 people came out to watch a test showing of "Add the Words" movie Sunday at the Egyptian Theater. The venue was 20 seats short of selling out.

One of the producers of the film, Cammie Pavesic, has produced films with Hollywood actors. She said the focus of the movie is to get the word out about the Add the Words activist group, and is happy it's doing just that.

"We've been invited to the San Francisco arts institute and a number of LGBT festivals have invited the film to be shown there, so we're very excited that the movie is doing what it was supposed to, which is getting the word out nationally," Pavesic said.

The Add the Words movement started almost a decade ago. The goal of activists is to add protections for gay and transgender people to Idaho's Constitution. During the 2013-2014 legislative session, a group called Add the 4 Words moved to civil disobedience, and many members were arrested several times. Pavesic said she came back to Boise to do this film because it's a topic she says she feels strongly about.

"I was sitting and watching the news and the first 44 protesters were being arrested and I was like I have to get involved; what can I do? and I thought, 'I make movies," Pavesic said.

Many human rights' activists were at the screening Sunday and said the movie has a powerful message.

"It's very intense," former senator Nicole LeFavour said. "It talks about the effect on people's lives, it talks about suicide, it talks about people that have been fired and evicted, and what lengths grandmothers and clergy were willing to go to make sure that in Idaho, lawmakers finally make sure it's wrong to be cruel to gay and transgender people."

Veteran Madelynn Taylor was also in the crowd. She has fought to be laid to rest next to her recently deceased partner at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery.

"I'm not giving up," she said. "I won't go away. (The governor) is going to have to deal with it sooner or later."