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Allen Irwin in person! Film Series : Stranger Than Fiction

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2018, Richard Yeagley, USA, 89 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 11th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Jan 16th 6:00pm

“An impressive feat of filmmaking…effectively conveys the strangeness of 'conversion therapy.'”--James Croft, The Humanist

This searing fly-on-the-wall journey inside so-called conversion therapy follows a young actor’s troubled two-year quest to change his sexual orientation. Although the practice is outlawed in many states, Nathan, a passionately committed Catholic in his late twenties, voluntarily submits to treatment by controversial therapist Christopher Doyle, a gay man who now boasts of a new heterosexual life that includes a wife and children. With unprecedented access to Nathan’s therapy sessions, which include bullying exercises and directives to “grow a pair of balls,” as well as emotional confrontations with his parents and a stay at an all-male “conversion camp,” filmmaker Yeagley lets the images speak for themselves as Nathan’s faith-based resolve is seen as increasingly at odds with his attraction to men. DCP digital. (BS)

Friday, January 11 @ 8:15 pm: Editor/co-producer Allen Irwin is scheduled to appear for an audience discussion, moderated by KT Hawbaker, Arts and Entertainment writer for the Chicago Tribune.

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