Fourth Man Out

Fourth Man Out

The humor in this film is beautifully organic, at times cringe-inducingly awkward, and soberingly realistic. Whether it’s the group’s struggle to understand Adam’s sexuality outside stereotypes (“Adam can’t be gay. The dude eats steak every day.”), Nick’s oddly probing questions about gay subculture, or Adam’s awkward coming-out to his parents, many of us will find the relationship between these four friends teeming with knowing laughter at the very normal, relatable feeling of it all.

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Resurrection is Just Around the Corner in Trans Loves Story 'Laurence Anyways'

Resurrection is Just Around the Corner in Trans Loves Story 'Laurence Anyways'

If the Christian narrative tells us anything it is that resurrection is just around the corner. What seems like an end to us is sometimes really a beginning of something new. Of course the Christian narrative also demonstrates that transformation doesn’t mean we come through unscathed. For Level Ground blogger Andy Motz, the film Laurence Anyways is a reminder of the many ways that the process of coming out is a transformational event, much like Christ's death and resurrection, that can be full of anguish, pain, rejection, but also liberation, joy, and embrace.

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An Evangelical Pool Party

An Evangelical Pool Party

Level Ground had the honor of co-presenting the Frameline Film Festival’s screening of the feature film Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party, a screening that took place in a packed house at the historic and epically beautiful Castro Theatre in San Francisco. This emotive and refreshingly honest independent film unfolds over the course of a single day as it follows the interconnected, joyous, and painful moments in the life Henry Gamble.

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Looking Through Another Lens: Growing in Empathy by Watching the "Top 40 Gay Films from the 1970s on..."

Looking Through Another Lens: Growing in Empathy by Watching the "Top 40 Gay Films from the 1970s on..."

So, I'm going to watch through the list, and I'm going to blog about the experience here for Level Ground on the first Friday of every month. My goal is to achieve a measure of understanding. I want to empathize with these films and with the people to whom they are important. I invite you to join me. There are forty films on this list, so this is going to take a while, but I think it's worth it. In the end, I hope we'll be better able to talk with one another whatever it is we each believe, and to hold each other close no matter what else we hold dear.

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Reel Sex: A Provocative Exploration of Sexuality in Film

Reel Sex: A Provocative Exploration of Sexuality in Film

Sex is good. This fact – established by the Bible and confirmed by millennia of human experience – should stand at the heart of any Christian consideration of sexuality and the movies. Sex is a good, God-created, Christ-affirmed thing. In the wake of Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, I’ve had multiple conversations with Christians about how to approach sexually provocative films. It’s a difficult topic and ongoing discussion, yet it seems to me that affirming sexuality as a created good is a solid place to start.

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Naked in the Sanctuary: A Review of Blue is the Warmest Color

Naked in the Sanctuary: A Review of Blue is the Warmest Color

Blue is not a film for everyone, and that is okay. But it does portray a depth of human experience and confronts viewers with incisive questions. What does it mean to have our whole selves, as physical, emotional, spiritual bodies, unmasked? How do we know, and can we be known in relationships that (despite our best efforts) are time-limited and temporary? And what is the role of community in the journey of love — new love, broken love, physical love, and same-sex love?

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