Dan Karslake

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.

JANE MARQUARDT TO HOST KARSLAKE, DISCUSS AWARD WINNING "FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO"...

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FOR PLANNING PURPOSES: Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Director Daniel Karslake to discuss documentary after free screening of
For The Bible Tells Me So at Weber State University

SALT LAKE CITY – Acclaimed director Dan Karslake will be discussing his documentary For The Bible Tells Me So, with students and local leaders at Weber State University on Wednesday, September 30. Mr. Karslake will answer questions from the audience after the screening and talk about his upcoming film For We Know Not What We Do.

Mr. Karslake’s For The Bible Tells Me So is 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.

WHAT: Free Screening and Discussion with Dan Karslake for Award Winning Documentary For The Bible Tells Me So

WHEN: Wednesday, September 30 @ 3:00 PM

WHO: Dan Karslake, Award Winning Director
LGBT Resource Center, Weber State
Jane and Tami Marquardt Peace & Possibilities speaker series

WHERE: Weber State University, Wildcat Theatre
Shepherd Union

ADDITIONAL Film Website: http://www.forthebibletellsmeso.org/indexd.htm
INFORMATION Film Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajBR0dq0XXk

Daniel G. Karslake is Sundance award winning documentary producer and director, best known for
For the Bible Tells Me So, Every Three Seconds, and In the Life. "For the Bible Tells Me So” has won numerous awards and received a 98% positive rating on Rotten tomatoes.

The Peace and Possibility Speaker Series, made possible by a generous grant from Jane Marquardt and Tami Marquardt aims to bring high profile LGBT leaders and advocates to Weber State University to provide cultural opportunities, enhance the “welcomeness” and inclusion on campus, and cultivate the “ally” community.

Weber State’s LGBT Resource Center seeks to consolidate resources and advocate for LGBT students on and off the Weber State campus. More information on Weber State’s LGBT Resource Center can be found online at Weber State University and the Ogden Standard Examiner.

This event is open to media.

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