Director Dan Karslake: Back in SLC

Acclaimed Director, Dan Karslake, made his way back to Salt Lake City.

Dan Karslake (with DP Amy Bronson) shooting an interview with John and Margi Dehlin in their home in Logan, UT

Dan Karslake (with DP Amy Bronson) shooting an interview with John and Margi Dehlin in their home in Logan, UT

Dan Karslake (with DP Amy Bronson) shooting an interview with John and Margi Dehlin in their home in Logan, UT

Dan’s documentary For The Bible Tells Me So premiered at Sundance in 2007 and was an exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community. This documentary swept up countless awards and recognition, and raised awareness to the damaging effects of how the religious right’s efforts to suppress homosexuality can be extremely damaging to LGBTQ individuals.

Margi & John Dehlin talk about their journey to excommunication for the film, "For We Know Not What We Do".

Margi & John Dehlin talk about their journey to excommunication for the film, "For We Know Not What We Do".

Even though the recent Supreme Court ruling legalized same sex marriage, there is still a long way to go in changing the hearts and minds of Americans, especially those in the religious right. Eight years after the release of his film, Dan is still receiving questions about the stories of those in the film – this in addition to the recent ruling motivated Dan to make another film, entitled For We Know Not What We Do. Dan’s new film delves deeper into the intersection of religious freedom and the religious right and includes additional personal stories from LGBTQ individuals and their families. We were thrilled to host Dan as he traveled back to Salt Lake City from Berlin to continue his important work.

Kate Kelly, founder of Ordain women, spoke to "For We Know Not What We Do" about her advocacy for the ordination of women within the LDS church.

Kate Kelly, founder of Ordain women, spoke to "For We Know Not What We Do" about her advocacy for the ordination of women within the LDS church.

This documentary played a large role in raising awareness about the complex relationship between religion and homosexuality—it also raised awareness about the danger many young LGBTQ individuals are in if they are forced to change. LGBTQ young adults have a much higher rate of suicide than heterosexual youths, making Dan’s work critical to creating and environment where LGBTQ individuals can thrive and live without fear of alienation.

The arts play a critical role in raising public awareness and advocating for social justice, and we encourage everyone to not only support the arts, but also to support a society where LGBTQ individuals do not have to face shame from their families or the public at large. Please watch his film, and get involved with the cause.