I Am Michael
Directed by Justin Kelly
“I Am Michael” is the incredible true-life story of Michael Glatze, a gay activist who enrolls in the Christian Bible Academy to become a pastor. The film follows Michael from his days of personal self-discovery to his life in San Francisco, where he pursues political activism, social awareness, and sexual exploration. After a traumatic scare, Michael begins to be plagued by doubt, paranoia, and fear about God, afterlife, and the path to Heaven or Hell. He suddenly renounces his gay lifestyle and rejects his friends. Dogmatic and single-minded, Michael seeks ‘salvation’ through the ways of the Bible. This dramatic change in belief alters the lives of everyone around him and makes them wonder what happened to Michael. This powerful new film captures one man’s haunting journey through modern concepts of love, denial, and redemption. Preceded by short film “Elder” (14 min).
Genéa Gaudet / Florida Film / Italy, United States / 2015 / 14 minsIn 1974, a Mormon missionary finds his world turned upside down when he falls in love with a handsome Italian Communist. With original 8mm film and fierce storytelling, Tom Clark recounts a love story set against the backdrop of coastal Italy wrought with faith, identity, cigarettes, and Thorazine.
Precedes: I Am Michael