October 09, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The award-winning 2007 film, "For the Bible Tells Me So," will be shown at the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. as part of the Campus Theatre's Annual Documentary Film Festival.

Director/producer/writer Daniel Karslake will participate in a talkback session following the showing of the film.
 
Faith and sexual identity
The documentary relates the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families – including those of former House Majority Leader Richard Gephardt and Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson – portraying how insightful people of faith handle the realization of having a gay child or family member.

A nominee at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival for the Grand Jury Prize, the film received the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival, the Kathleen Bryan Edward Award for Human Rights at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Documentary as well as the Best Director of a Documentary Award for Karslake at the Milwaukee International Film Festival, and the HBO Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Provincetown International Film Festival.

Justin Chang of Variety says the film is "heartfelt and provocative … moving and rewardingly intimate. For Christian audiences, the film will prove most valuable in encouraging them to consider their beliefs in a spirit of serious examination rather than mindless acceptance, and to recognize how matters of faith can be easily co-opted by politics." 

The Seattle Times reviewed the film with this observation, "Karslake's remarkable documentary takes on a loaded topic – Christianity and homosexuality—and examines it both intellectually and emotionally; the result may leave you blinking away a few tears."

Award-winning producer
For six years, Karslake has been an award-winning producer for the highly acclaimed newsmagazine, "In the Life," which airs nationally on PBS in more than 120 markets. Recognition for his outstanding work for the show, which has centered primarily on issues regarding religion and homosexuality, includes an Emmy nomination from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, as well as praise from GLAAD and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

The film-showing is a collaborative effort with the Campus Theatre and is sponsored by the Bucknell University Association for the Arts, Office of LGBT Awareness and FLAG&BT. 

Karslake also will visit classes at Bucknell on Oct. 20 before heading to Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, for an appearance there.

Contact: Division of Communications

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