Pride may be over, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still opportunities to go out and celebrate and support the LGBT community – and if you’re a film fan, you don’t have to wait until Outfest begins next month for a chance to experience a new queer story on the big screen.
On Saturday June 16, the ongoing Dances With Films Festival will offer the World Premiere of “At the End of the Day,” a new indie “dramedy” about a conservative Christian whose views on the LGBT community are challenged.
The film centers on a young man named Dave Hopper. After losing his wife and counseling practice, the only thing he has going for himself is his part-time professorship at his alma mater, a growing Christian college. And the only reason he even got that job was because his previous professor, now ambitious dean, pulled a few strings. The dean’s plans for growth hit a snag when the property he wants to develop has been promised to a gay support group – which has plans to open an LGBT homeless teen shelter if they can raise the money in time. The dean is forced to take drastic measures, offering Dave his dream job, but he only gets it if he goes undercover in the group and stops them from raising the funds needed to buy the property. Dave reluctantly agrees, and for the first time, is met face-to-face with the community he has been counseling against his entire career. The awkward and emotional experiences that follow lead Dave on a journey of truth, revealing that life and love are not as black and white as he first thought.
Writer/Director Kevin O’Brien says the movie comes from his own experiences. “I grew up in a conservative, evangelical Christian home. I was taught that we had exclusivity to the truth, and the best way to love the rest of the world was to tell them our “truth.” Specifically, we were taught that “love the sinner, hate the sin” was the loving approach to the LGBTQ community. It wasn’t until I started experiencing life and people outside of that bubble that I realized how dangerous that worldview is, how much I didn’t know, and that the LGBTQ community is full of the most loving, compassionate, and giving people I’ve ever met.”
He goes on, “As my faith and views changed, I was compelled to create my first film about the tensions between the church and the LGBTQ communities. I felt an obligation to call out the misinformation that is taught in many churches at the same time I offer a hug to the LGBTQ community, specifically to those youth who have faced religious rejection. It is my hope that At the End of the Day can bring healing to many who have been harmed, encouragement to those who have been doing the hard work of equality, and an opportunity for others to question their black-and-white worldview.”
“At the End of the Day” stars Stephen Shane Martin, Danielle Sagona, Tom Nowicki, Chris Cavalier, and Susan Mulholland, and features real LGBT actors playing LGBT roles.
The film will screen Saturday June 16 at 12:30 PM, at TCL Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd # 335, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
Tickets and more info are available here.
You can also find information about the movie on the web and social media: