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Absolutely! The more the merrier. Just let us know how many people you want to bring when we coordinate it. We're easy.Last updated:
Facing East refers to how in most Christian (and other) faiths people are buried with their feet facing east, so that come resurrection morning they will rise facing the risen Lord.Last updated:
Alex and Ruth McCormick are an upstanding Mormon couple who have done everything right. He is a well-known radio personality, “One-Minute Dad,” giving great ideas on how to be a good father. She is a mother who has sacrificed everything for her family and is determined to lead each of her three children into God’s “celestial kingdom”, where they will be together as a family for all eternity. Theirs is an ideal life. Except for one flaw, which has brought them now to a point of crisis.
Their gay son Andrew, who had not been “healed” from his homosexuality despite every effort, and who had for a year been living with a man that he loved, whom his parents refused to meet or acknowledge, has taken his own life in a flower bed beside the Salt Lake Mormon temple.
The funeral in a Mormon chapel speaks only of his achievements, his Eagle Scout award, his missionary service, his position as a cellist in the Utah Symphony Orchestra. And it speaks of God’s plan of salvation.
Alex, however, is not satisfied with the funeral... feeling it was a lie. Feeling he didn't know his son. He is desperate to understand what went wrong. Ruth, however, is relieved that her tortured boy is in God’s healing hands and feels the less said about unpleasant things, the better. But Alex, leaves the memorial reception, followed by his exasperated wife, to return to the cemetery, hoping for some closure.
Once they arrive, however, they discover Andrew's partner, Marcus, at the gravesite. Through Marcus' love and anger, Ruth and Alex come to know their son in a way they never had before, and they come to realize the part they played in Andrew’s despair and his terrible, final act.Last updated:
Yes and no. Facing East first premiered as a play in Salt Lake City where it was honored by the Association for Mormon Letters as the best Mormon-themed play of 2007 “for its compassion, its even-handed wisdom and its tragic power.” The Deseret News wrote "Facing East cannot be simply categorized as "pro-gay" or "anti-Mormon." There are pro-and-con elements on all sides of this multifaceted sexual quagmire, and Pearson's eloquent, tightly written script manages to touch most of the bases. There is very little finger-pointing, but there is plenty of fodder for healthy debate."
Facing East is a fictional drama, realistically showing what thousands of religious families (Mormon or otherwise) who have gay family members have gone through and go through daily. The principle characters are all good but imperfect people. Through the story the parents, Alex and Ruth, learn their gay son's struggle to reconcile his sexuality with his faith. They also learn that their refusal to accept him after he leaves the church and moves in with his partner Marcus, contradicts the teachings of Christian love and family support that they have preached to him since he was a child.
Facing East is a drama and an entertainment, before it is advocacy, but through the story of Ruth and Alex the audience will hopefully learn that the people we love most, should never feel that our love is conditional on who they love.
So, while the film never comes out as an anti-Mormon statement, is does condemn outright the all too prevalent cultural attitude that LGBT people are to be shunned, refused, and ostracized. And we hope it may create a world where gay Mormons (and gay members of other faiths) NEVER feel that they can only find peace through suicide.
Since this was written the LDS church has released a new web site: http://www.mormonsandgays.org/ -- which emphasizes a lot of what Facing East is about. Facing East will hopefully help Mormons change their attitudes by showing struggles that families face in a dramatic and entertaining way. Thanks to this new web site we feel that Facing East has a chance of being supported within the mainstream LDS community -- where it's message has the potential to do the most good.Last updated:
There is no way to answer that question, as we do not get to make the decision. We hope to premiere at one of the larger North American festivals: Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, etc. but that is in the hands of the selection committees of each festival, and the competition is always very high. If you pledge for the reward of being an MVP at our festival, you will need to prepare to travel to the festival. You will, of course, be welcome at any festival screening near you, and we will make tickets available to you... however, only at the premiere can we guarantee the attendance of director and cast. So, please, if you pledge for VIP treatment at the festival premiere, know that we will give you the VIP treatment at whatever festival screening you choose to attend, but there may not be a big event such as an after party at any screening other than the premiere.
Travel and lodging to the premiere is NOT included. Thanks.Last updated:
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