Grant #228

Love the Sinner

January 23, 2017

Break from the progressive echo chamber or remain in it? This filmmaker chose the former.

When the Orlando nightclub shooting occurred on June 12, 2016, it was dubbed the worst mass shooting in American history. People nationwide mourned the more than 100 killed and wounded as another crime rooted in hate and intolerance.

For award-winning documentary filmmaker Jessica Devaney it was a wake-up call.

After breaking with her youth spent deep in the conservative Evangelical community as a nationally recognized activist and leader, she left and didn’t look back — until the tragedy at Pulse.

In the summer of 2016, she returned home to Central Florida and turned her camera towards the urgent issues that needed addressing in her own community. She had the choice: break from her progressive echo chamber or remain in it. She and the team of filmmakers chose the former and the documentary film Love the Sinner was born.

Support for this project comes from all corners. Awesome Without Borders is pairing with Fork Films, Sundance Institute, Chicken & Egg Pictures, and The Fledgling Fund in providing support for this film. With the AWB grant, co-directors Jessica Devaney and Geeta Gandbhir and producers Patricia Benabe and Sam Tabet were able to start pre-production — and now they are in post-production! Stay tuned for more news about this exciting project!



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