"Family Fundamentals" Hits Screens on National Coming Out Day
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"Family Fundamentals" Hits Screens on National Coming Out Day,
October 11, 2002
"There are no homosexuals, just heterosexuals with homosexual
identity problems," claims the parent of a gay son in "Family
Fundamentals," an emotionally gripping new film from three-time
Sundance award winning filmmaker, Arthur Dong ("Licensed to Kill,"
"Coming Out Under Fire"). Timed to commemorate National Coming Out
Day, "Family Fundamentals" is slated for a
national theatrical release October 11, 2002:
Los Angeles: Music Hall, 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
www.laemmle.comNew York City: Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th St.,
San Francisco: Opera Plaza Cinema, 601 Van Ness Ave.,
Berkeley: Shattuck Cinemas, 2230 Shattuck Ave.,
"Family Fundamentals" takes viewers into the private, and sometimes
very public lives of three fundamentalist families where parents
actively oppose homosexuality despite having gay and lesbian children
themselves. Featured are a Pentecostal church leader, with both a
lesbian daughter and a gay grandson, who runs a ministry for parents
with children who have "become homosexual"; a gay Mormon, ousted
from the Air Force because of his homosexuality, whose father is a
Latter-day Saint Bishop in rural Utah; and Brian Bennett, former
chief of staff and once regarded as a son to Catholic and
conservative ex-Congressman Bob Dornan, arguably one of America's
most strident opponents of gay rights.
"Family Fundamentals" was motivated by a desire to address the
cultural wars between proponents of gay rights and those opposed to
homosexuality. It was carefully produced with the cooperation of a
distinguished and diverse panel of advisors, including: Soulforce
founder Rev. Mel White who once served as a speech writer for key
religious right figures like Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell until he
came out publicly as gay; Philip Yancey, nine-time Gold Medallion
Award-winning author and editor-at-large of Christianity Today,
America's largest Protestant magazine started by Rev. Billy Graham in
the 1950s; and Forest Montgomery, recently retired general counsel
for the National Association of Evangelicals.
Rev. Janet Parker, Pastor of Maranatha Fellowship MCC in Houston,
writes: "The film captured the true picture of what has happened
between so many parents and children of Christian Fundamentalists --
I felt as if I was re-living my own experience again. My heart cries
out for more of this kind of documentary work so that the real
stories can be captured for ALL to see. It is a must see film!"
Ken Olin, President of the Board of Trustees at First Unitarian
Church of Philadelphia, writes: "I cannot say strongly enough how
valuable this film is to enlighten those people who may not be
familiar with our UU principles, particularly 'acceptance of one
another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations'
and 'a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.'"
Los Angeles Times
"Arguably more compelling than any effects-laden spectacle you're
likely to see all summer."
The Village Voice:
"The most gripping documentary in the [Festival] lineup, Arthur
Dong's Family Fundamentals, tackles another kind of seemingly
irreconcilable situation: that between conservative Christian parents
and their gay children. Dong's film offers no solutions, but instead
intelligently probes the fallout of raw emotion."
"***** (Five Stars)! A mature, graceful and extraordinary
"Docmeister Arthur Dong brings empathetic balance and emotional
heft...cutting among the three stories with a strong narrative sense,
Family Fundamentals makes its salient points sans overt
The Dallas Voice:
"Dong asks tough questions and doesn't deliver the simplest answers
in his film, making it at once a sad, compelling and intelligent look
that the way ignorance and hatred continue to cut off meaningful
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