Dear Friends,

I hope you are all coping with the lockdown and the loss of business while protecting yourselves from the virus. And to any who are suffering from the virus, my heart goes out to you: stay strong!

I'm trying to remain positive about the future, and to that end I want to present to you a film that I think is very important. About 12 years ago, filmmaker Dan Karslake made the landmark documentary For the Bible Tells Me So. In our 41 year history, it's our single most successful title and I believe it has had a huge impact on both straight and LGBTQ people around the world.

Dan has just completed the followup: For They Know Not What They Do. It has already won a number of Audience Awards and as well has earned some great early reviews.

We had been planning to open For They Know Not What They Do in the Spring, but now all bets are off. We're open to screenings later in the year, when the country re-opens (hopefully!) in the Summer or Fall; or Virtual Cinema premieres beginning in late May or June.

Please see our new trailer, link below. And let me know if I can send a screening link.

Best wishes,

Marc Mauceri |
For They Know Not
What They Do

From the director of the acclaimed For the Bible Tells Me So comes For They Know Not What They Do, a new documentary that explores the intersection of religion, sexual orientation and gender identity in present day America.

The arrival of marriage equality was seen by many as the pinnacle achievement of the march toward full equality for LGBTQ people. But for many on the Right, it was the last straw, and their public backlash has been swift, severe and successful. In collaboration with religious conservatives, politicians are invoking both the Bible and the U.S. Constitution in their campaigns for the 'religious freedom' to legally discriminate. By telling the stories of four families struggling with these issues, the film offers healing and understanding to those caught in the crosshairs of scripture, sexuality, and identity.

Winner - Audience Awards at
Atlanta, Seattle, Ft. Lauderdale, Rochester, Phoenix & Warsaw Film Festivals

"Eloquent." - Hollywood Reporter

"Unforgettable." - Documentary Magazine

"Potent. A wake-up call that the LGBTQ community is under fierce attack."

"In this vital, authentic follow-up to For the Bible Tells Me So, filmmaker Daniel Karslake returns a decade later to the religious right, embittered by the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision and emboldened by the rise of Trump. Heartbreaking - and inspirational." - The Advocate

"Emotional and revealing. It's obvious that For They Know Not What They Do - and For The Bible Tells Me So, for that matter - is necessary viewing...and it couldn't come at a better time. The film has the potential to heal open wounds in some families as a manual of how to love - not just in spite of, but because of." - Out Magazine

"One of the best crafted documentaries I have ever weaves together several tales of coming out to a religious family and shares the highs and some of the lows that will rip your heart out. It hits the mark on every level - from point of view to cinematography. This should be a contender for Best Documentary at the Oscars. It's that good." -

"The message and stories in For They Know Not What They Do feel more timely than ever. No matter how hard to watch, Karslake's documentary shows a template for how to breach conversations about faith, sexuality, and gender identity in open-hearted ways." - Remezcla

"9 out of 10 stars. By turns full of hope and full of heartbreak. Daniel Karslake and writer/editor Nancy Kennedy are excellent storytellers, and I'm forever grateful to them and the families who participated for hopefully helping the world take a step in the right direction, away from discrimination and towards equality." - Film Threat

"Daniel Karslake's extraordinary new documentary, named after the final words of Jesus, is a four-part examination of one of the most shameful and contentious parts of modern Christian theology: institutionalized homophobia. He pulls no punches." - The Young Folks
91 minutes, color, 2019
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For screening links and more information please contact Marc Mauceri

917-584-8816 | 212-243-0600 ext. 20 |

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