March 8, 2013, 12:00 am
(all times are local to the event)
University of Wisconsin
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.
LOVE FREE OR DIE reunites the filmmaking team of Macky Alston and Sandra Itkoff who collaborated on The Killer Within. Alston also directed Family Name which premiered at Sundance and prior production credits for Itkoff include Defamation, Cadillac Desert.
Awards & Press Quotes
2012 Sundance Film Festival –Documentary Special Jury Prize
2012 RiverRun International Film Festival – Human Rights Award
2012 Philadelphia QFest – Best Documentary Award
2012 Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival – Audience Award for Best Documentary
2012 Wilbur Award for Best Feature Documentary
2012 Palm Beach International Film Festival Audience Award
2012 NewFest LGBT Film Festival Audience Award