4th DMZ Docs(2012)
I AM DOCU
Love Free or Die follows a personal story of Bishop Gene Robison, the ﬁrst gay partnered bishop in the Episcopal Church, as American churches debate whether or not lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are equal to heterosexuals in the eyes of God while the world debates whether LGBT people are equal to heterosexuals in the eyes of the law. In the ﬁlm, Bishop Gene steps onto the world stage as he travels from small-town churches to Washington’s Lincoln Memorial to London’s Lambeth Palace calling for all to stand for equality – inspiring bishops, priests and ordinary folk to come out from the shadows and change history. Macky Alston also spends time depicting the Bishop’s family life. Robinson is the father of two grown daughters and the proud grandfather of two granddaughters and lives with his husband, Mark Andrew. The backlash against Gene Robinson has not just been because he is ‘the gay bishop’ but also because he has shown us through who he is, not just what he says or does, the deeper bonds that unite people as Christians once they no longer let themselves judge others by their sexual orientation. This Bishop can change not just the church, but the world.
Macky Alston is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, an educator on issues of media and religion. Alston’s ﬁrst ﬁlm, Family Name premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1997 where it won the Freedom of Expression Award. Since then he has directed Questioning Faith, The Killer Within, and Hard Road Home. His awards include the Gotham Open Palm Award and Emmy nominations for three of his films. He’s recently directed documentary Love Free or Die premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Love Free or Die (2012) Hard Road Home (2007) The Killer Within (2006) Questioning Faith (2002) Family Name (1997)
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