You are invited to a private, advanced screening and discussion of the new documentary film, Seventh-Gay Adventists, in New York City on Saturday, Oct. 13th.
This film follows the stories of three gay and lesbian Adventists as they struggle to be true to themselves and their faith. The film is set in the context of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the fastest growing denomination in the United States, 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.
This free screening is at 3 PM at the AMC Magic Johnson Harlem 9 Theaters (2300 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 124th). Just ask at the door to be directed to the private screening.
Also, the Metro NYC Adventist Forum invites all to a special church service at 11 AM at St. Mary's Episcopal (521 W. 125th St.) that includes a conversation with the filmmakers. You may attend one or both events free of charge (donations will be accepted).
Although this is a topic that is often highly charged in church settings, this film's approach to simply share stories is being affirmed by thought leaders in the church and film community. Here are a few endorsements:
- "This is a really beautiful, gentle, compelling film that I found very hopeful." - Daniel Karslake, director of FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO
- "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 Theological Seminary
- "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
- "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 in Miami called the film "powerful" and "inspirational" and applauded the intimate, simple style of the film's pure story approach.
There will be a discussion following the film.
Daneen Akers & Stephen Eyer