Running concurrent with the Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah, the annual Slamdance Film Festival has showcased many cutting edge LGBT films over the years, and their 2014 lineup has several LGBT-inclusive films worth looking forward to.
Among them is Kidnapped For Christ, a new documentary from director Kate S. Logan about the rarely examined practice of sending "troubled teens" to overseas faith-based "rehabilitation" camps where they are often subjected to physical and psychological abuse in an attempt to curb unwanted behaviors. Those behaviors range from drug abuse to anxiety attacks to simply being gay. One of the subjects of the film is David, a 17-year-old boy from Colorado whose parents had him kidnapped in the middle of the night and shipped off to a camp in the Dominican Republic to be reprogrammed into a "straight, born-again Christian."
Recently Lance Bass and Mike Manning joined the film as executive producers, however Kidnapped for Christ still has a little way to go. Before their big debut in Park City the film has to raise the final funds needs for post-production costs. Check out the film's Kickstarter trailer below and visit their page to make a tax-deductible donation.
Kidnapped isn't the only LGBT-inclusive film premiering at the festival this year though. Also on the Slamdance lineup are the feature Goldberg and Eisenberg and the documentary Skanks, as well as a number of shorts, including Kuhani, First Baptist, Pink & Baby Blue, PUI, and Jim Morris: Lifelong Fitness. Visit Slamdance for a full list of screenings, and info on tickets and scheduling. The 20th Slamdance Film Festival will run January 17 -23, 2014 at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City Utah.