You are invited to a screening of the new documentary film, Seventh-Gay Adventists: A film about faith on the margins. This film follows the stories of three gay and lesbian Adventists as they wrestle with being both deeply Adventist and gay. The film is set in the context of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, but the film's themes of belonging, identity, and wrestling to know who you are and how you relate to your faith has been resonating with viewers around the country who can't tell their Adventists from their Mormons. The film has been screening to sold out crowds at film festival's (we just returned from a fantastic screening at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival) as well as large church crowds, and this diverse range of audience members has shown us that the film encourages engagement in this important conversation from a variety of perspectives. As we like to say in our introduction, this is a listening space. It's not about a theological debate, but it is about listening to the stories of those often talked at or about in most churches but seldom with. This is just a chance to listen.
Although this is a topic that is often highly charged in the church (any church), this film's approach to simply share stories is being affirmed by a range of thought leaders. Here are a few endorsements:
- "This film is--hands down--the best bridge-building film in the genre that I've ever seen." - Andrew Marin, author of Love is an Orientation
- "Whatever one's position regarding homosexuals and the church may be, this film is worth seeing because it candidly probes issues with real human faces and stories." - Dr. Roy Gane, professor, Andrews Seminary
- "Although it's set in the context of Adventism, anyone who has felt their faith and sexuality to be in conflict will instantly get this film." Dr. Sharon Groves, faith and religion program director, Human Rights Campaign
- "The film is superb--a poignant and profound experience beyond any I've seen on the subject." - Chris Blake, author and professor, Union College
- "The movie, which simply tells stories rather than taking an advocacy stance, is powerful. It can, I believe, do much to make Adventists more compassionate in this controversial area of lifestyle." - Dr. William Johnsson, retired editor The Adventist Review
We're very much looking forward to sharing the film in Dayton, and we look forward to conversing with you all. The screening will be at the lovely Dayton Art Institute (http://www.daytonartinstitute.org) in their beautiful theater. Please do invite your friends, family, and church members--it's a big space! ; ) They are kindly keeping their Leo Bistro (https://www.daytonartinstitute.org/visit/leo-bistro) open an hour later than is typical for anyone who wants a pre-screening bite to eat. We'll be there for a small bite ourselves!
The screening will be followed by a discussion, and we really welcome your thoughts and participation.
You can learn more about the film here: http://www.sgamovie.com/trailer/
Stephen & Daneen (co-producers/directors)