Controversial Scientology Film's Maker on How He 'Infiltrated' Organization - 2015-03-09
Gibney decided to exclusively focus on a few aspects of Scientology for his documentary: the group's decision to fight to be recognized as a tax-exempt religious organization, how Scientology has used famous celebrities to bring attention to it, and several members who left the organization.
He worked hard to protect those he interviewed for the camera, even using "throw-away phones and encrypted e-mail" because "people were so frightened," Gibney said. The filmmaker also did not use any footage related to Scientology for fear of being sued for licensing. Despite his best attempts, news of the documentary got out and several scientologists staged protests at the Sundance Film Festival premiere in January and also bought a full-page ad in The New York Times to discredit Gibney and comparing his work to that of the Rolling Stone story about rape at the University of Virginia.
Celebrities such as John Travolta and Tom Cruise, two of the highest-ranked and well-known members of Scientology, have refused to comment about the film. They are remaining mum and loyal to the group.