Tears were running down the faces of many in the audience on Wednesday night as the credits rolled for Save Me, the Robert Cary film starring Chad Allen, Judith Light and Robert Gant. GLAAD was the beneficiary of the proceeds from the premiere, and the red carpet opening in New York City attracted such notables as Bishop Gene Robinson, Judith Light and Robert Cary, Daniel Karslake, David Mixner, Sean Maloney, Alan Van Capelle and many others.
Mark (Chad Allen) is a young gay man who is addicted to sex and drugs. After a particularly nasty binge his brother checks him into Genesis House, a Christian retreat in New Mexico miles from anywhere. Run by a compassionate husband and wife team, Gayle (Judith Light) and Ted (Stephen Lang) have made it their life's mission to cure young men of their 'gay affliction' through spiritual guidance. At first, Mark resists, but soon takes the message to heart and begins to bond with his fellow residents...in particular Scott (Robert Gant), a mentor charged with guiding Mark through his conversion. As their friendship evolves into romance, Mark and Scott are forced to confront their true selves, while Gayle and Ted find the values they hold as absolute truths to be threatened.The film portrays the turmoil that many young gay and lesbian people experience when placed into camps run by so-called “ex-gay” activists. These groups divide and destroy loving families, alienate gay people from their faith and make it harder for loving, committed couples to take care of each other. (Click here to get more information on these programs.) The characters in this film struggle through the challenges of being true to themselves and to their faith, and Judith Light gives a moving performance as the well-intentioned founder of the program who is still grieving the death of her own gay son. After the film, Senior Vice President Michael Durnil moderated a panel, which gave the audience a chance to ask questions about the film and the subjects it touched on. During the Q&A, producer Herb Hamsher told the audience about how the life of the film will depend on word of mouth, asking the audience to get their friends and get out to see the movie early. Watch the trailer below, take a look at Queerty’s write up and pictures of the premiere event, and check out this important new film, which opened today in New York at the Chelsea Clearview Cinema, and will open on September 19 in Los Angeles.
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- Check out GLAAD’s “Unmasking Ex-Gay Activists” web page.
- Go to the “Save Me” home page and entry on IMDB.