You are invited to a private screening of the forthcoming documentary about the spiritual journeys of gay and lesbian Seventh-day Adventists as they wrestle with how to reconcile their deeply held faith with their sexuality. We're arranging a private screening in the D.C. area to let film supporters in the area and thought leaders in the Adventist church have an early chance to see this film before it screens around the country. We'd love to have you be part of this screening and share your thoughts afterwards.
This film has been over three years in the making, and it's been quite a journey for us as well. The film began as an issue film, but we began to realize that this is a topic that has enough rhetoric from every side and simply needs stories as a lens for a new type of conversation. This gentle, even reconciling approach, has been well-received in the screenings we've had so far. Here are few endorsements:
"The film is superb--a poignant and profound experience beyond any I've seen on the subject." - Chris Blake, author and professor, Union College
"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
"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
"It is a movie every Seventh-day Adventist ought to see." Steve Moran, delegate to the 2010 Atlanta GC session
"It's a very powerful film. Gentle in its way. Only tree stumps could get through the film without tears or sobs; yet it ends with joy." - Dr. Charles Scriven, president of Kettering College of Medical Arts
And a Ft. Lauderdale paper which reviewed the film for its premiere last week in Miami called the film "powerful" and "inspirational."
This private screening will be on Thursday night, June 7 at 7 PM at the Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave. Bethesda, MD 20814 (Doors open at 6:45 PM.) This private screening is FREE of charge (donations will be accepted to help with costs). We also just found out that one of the Adventists featured in the film will be in attendance (Sherri Babcock) along with her parents, George and Fern Babcock, so this is going to be a very special screening.
More information about the theater can be found on their website: http://www.landmarktheatres.com/market/washingtondc/bethesdarowcinema.htm
Looking forward to conversing with you soon,
Daneen Akers & Stephen Eyer
Producers/Directors, Seventh-Gay Adventists - a film about faith on the margins
415-290-3839; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com