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Love the Sinner
US, 2017, 17 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W171212

LOVE THE SINNER is a personal documentary exploring the connection between Christianity and homophobia in the wake of the 2016 shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

Queer filmmaker Jessica Devaney grew up deeply immersed in Evangelical Christianity in Florida. After breaking with her youth as a nationally recognized activist and leader among conservative Evangelicals, Jessica left Florida and didn’t look back. She built a life that took her as far away from home as possible. Over time, her daily life became a progressive echo chamber.

The mass shooting at Pulse was a wakeup call. By avoiding hard conversations with church leadership, had she missed opportunities to challenge homophobia?

LOVE THE SINNER probes our responsibility to face bias in our communities and push for dignity and equality for all.


Winston-Salem Out at the Movies Film Fest, Jury Award, Best Short
Orlando Film Festival, Social Awareness Award
Best Short Documentary, Carmarthen Bay Film Festival

  • Tribeca Film Festival
  • Cinema Q Film Festival
  • Palm Springs International ShortFest
  • Provincetown International Film Festival
  • Washington West Film Festival
  • Newport Beach Film Festival
  • Outfest Los Angeles

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    "...a powerful short documentary."
    The Advocate

    "By capturing the milieu of small-town, mega-church Florida and questioning the connection between faith-based homophobia and violence, [the film] brings forth a compelling dialectic that challenges what it means to really love thy neighbor as thyself."

    "A welcome addition to the broader cultural conversation."
    Christianity Today

    "This film is short…. but it packs the punch of a full-length feature."
    Edge Media Network

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