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Save Me
Mark Malloy

2007


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Save Me at the Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

A deft exploration of the controversial ex-gay movement, SAVE ME follows Mark (Chad Allen), a sex and drug-addicted young man who overdoses and finds himself at the mercy of his disapproving family.  Their solution to Mark's problems is to check him into a Christian-run ministry overseen by Gayle (Judith Light), who believes she can help cure young men of their 'gay affliction' through spiritual guidance.  At first, Mark resists the efforts of Gayle and her loving husband, Ted (Stephen Lang), but soon finds solace and brotherhood with several of the members, including Scott (Robert Gant), who is battling family demons of his own.  When Mark and Scott begin to find their friendship developing into an unexpected romance, both are forced to confront the new attitudes they've begun to accept, and Gayle finds the values she holds as an absolute truth to be threatened.

Directed by Robert Cary from a screenplay by Craig Chester, Alan Hines and Robert Desiderio, SAVE ME is a love story that offers a complex and timely examination of one of the most polarizing religious and sexual debates in America while intricately showing all the way love (for oneself, more importantly) can heal in all its various forms.

    

"Save Me" starring Chad Allen (Dr Quinn, End of the Spear), Robert Gant (Queer as Folk), and Judith Light (Who’s the Boss, Ugly Betty) is an indie film about a young man in an ex-gay ministry. The film premiered yesterday at the Sundance Film Festival and early reporting suggests a well-crafted and nuanced film that sensitively looks at the lives of those who participate in ex-gay ministries.

The film is getting favorable reviews from the Religious Right and the Gay Community. Here are just a few tidbits of what's been already reported about the film.

USA Today

"Years in the making, Robert Cary’s exquisite third feature, Save Me, is a film about redemption. Mark (Chad Allen), a lost, young, gay man, leads a wild life of drugs and meaningless sex, searching desperately to fill the emptiness in his soul. When Mark finally hits bottom, his brother checks him into Genesis House, a 12-step, Christian, “ex-gay” ministry specializing in healing sexual brokenness."

Christianity Today

"One of the things that struck me about this film was how the filmmakers (some who are themselves gay as we learned during the question and answer time following the screening) portrayed the motives and stories of the conservative Christians who lead the ex-gay ministry with tenderness and grace. Is it possible that many in the gay community are more gracious in their understanding of Evangelical Christians than we are towards them?"

David Swanson, associate pastor

"After a quick night’s sleep, we lined up for a 9:00 AM screening of Save Me, a film about a young man’s journey through a Christian "ex-gay" 12-step ministry. This was a hard film to see and one I would only recommend sparingly. I left the theatre completely wrecked—my head spinning.

The film portrays the struggles of gay men convinced their behavior is sinful and the attempts to restore them by a husband and wife who believe faith in Jesus is the only way these men will experience wholeness.

One of the things that struck me about this film was how the filmmakers (some who are themselves gay as we learned during the question and answer time following the screening) portrayed the motives and stories of the conservative Christians who lead the ex-gay ministry with tenderness and grace. Is it possible that many in the gay community are more gracious in their understanding of Evangelical Christians than we are towards them?"

Bob Davidson, Fuller Theology Student and Sundance participant.

"It was at the film’s conclusion that I found myself, a professed “Christian”, surrounded by the tears from numerous individuals, both gay and straight—completely distraught by what I had just experienced.  I could not help but be embarrassed of my faith and its “typical” response to the gay community.

However, as actor Chad Allen and actress Judith Light shared, I was taken aback by the non-threatening posture of the cast and crew (and the film for that matter). Nobody was enraged. Nobody was protesting. And nobody was blaming. Light commented on her own transformation within the role—having to “stop judging [Evangelicals].” Producer Herb Hamsher claimed the film as a “conversation”—one that differs from the typical dialogue that stays inside one’s own community with the wool pulled over the eyes.  Hamsher expounded by stating, “We want to open the conversation and speak over the wool.” This was a profound gesture on behalf of the filmmakers, who had clearly succeeded in creating a diffused space of interaction, grace, and reconciliation—an environment that the Christian community often fall short in creating."

When Sex and Faith Collide: Save Me Review in Gay City News

Entertainment Weekly Review

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