Alston received a special jury prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for his work in directing the film.
A full press release of the acquisition follows:
SAN JOSE, CALIF. (July 25, 2012) — Wolfe Video has acquired the U.S. DVD/VOD rights from Cinephil to the award-winning documentary Love Free or Die at this year’s Outfest: The 30th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Director Macky Alston (Family Name, Hard Road Home) was awarded a Special Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for Love Free or Die. The film follows Bishop Gene Robinson amidst the firestorm of international controversy that followed his ordination by the New Hampshire Episcopal Church as the church’s first openly gay bishop. Hailed as: “a moving look at how even a rigid church with centuries of entrenched methodology can begin a slow shift towards inclusiveness and equality” (Daniel Fienberg, HitFix.com), the film depicts how Robinson, while resolute in his calling, grows increasingly critical of the central role that religious institutions have played in fostering homophobia and hatred. The film will be available for educational/non-theatrical screenings beginning in October through Kino/Lorber in partnership with Wolfe, followed by airings on PBS stations nationwide as part of the series “Independent Lens.” Wolfe will release the film on DVD/VOD in 2013.
“Bishop Gene Robinson is an amazing example of how one man can create big change in the world,” said Wolfe President Maria Lynn. “This film is one of the most inspirational stories I’ve ever seen.”
“Bishop Robinson is one of those rare people whose lives change the world and inspire us to do the same,” said Director Macky Alston. “He is also the rare person who is born to carry a feature documentary. As a filmmaker and gay husband and dad whose very family exists due to the courageous leadership of people like Bishop Robinson, it has been an extraordinary privilege to make Love Free or Die.”
“Bishop Gene Robinson goes from being on the margins of his church and his country to being the catalyst for LGBT inclusion in both,” said Ross Murray, Director of Religion, Faith & Values, GLAAD. “Through his life, his ministry and his media appearances, you can witness change being made. If you have ever wondered how one person can make a difference through words and actions, see this movie.”
SYNOPSIS: Love Free or Die (Special Jury Prize winner Sundance 2012) is about a man whose two defining passions the world cannot reconcile: his love for God and for his partner Mark. It is about church and state, love and marriage, faith and identity—and one man’s struggle to dispel the notion that God’s love has limits. In the film, Gene Robinson becomes the first openly gay person to be elected bishop in the high church traditions of Christendom. Bishop Robinson’s elevation in the sleepy New Hampshire diocese in 2003 ignited a worldwide firestorm in the Anglican Communion, one that has become so heated that there is still a chance of a schism in the 80 million-member denomination. One year after being muzzled by the Archbishop of Canterbury, he finds himself speaking from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at Barack Obama’s Inauguration. Gene Robinson confronts those who use religion as an instrument of oppression, and claims a place in the church and society, not just for LGBT people, but for all.
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