This gripping documentary follows Rev. Frank Schaefer as he was put on trial in the United Methodist Church for officiating his son's same-sex wedding. The Schaefer family was pulled into a movement for LGBTQ equality in the nation’s second largest protestant denomination. "An Act of Love" follows Rev. Schaefer’s journey from small-town minister to outspoken advocate, as well as the ongoing debate in the United Methodist Church over LGBTQ inclusion.
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Runtime: 86 min.
Genres: Documentary, LGBT, FaithSubtitles / Closed Captioning: English captions available
Mill Valley Film Festival
Audience Favorite, Silver Award
San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
Audience Award: Best in the Fest
Fairy Tales Film Festival
Audience Choice Award
Out Film CT: Connecticut LGBT Film Festival
Audience Award: Best Documentary
Jury Award: Best Documentary
Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival
St. Louis International Film Festival
Denver Film Festival
Florida Film Festival
Newport Beach Film Festival
Bentonville Film Festival
"Emotionally powerful and ultimately uplifting, this film follows the travails of Pennsylvania minister Frank Schaefer, who gets into trouble with the United Methodist Church when he officiates the wedding of his gay son. Director Scott Sheppard presents a lovely portrait of a family and sensitively explores the concerns of a mainstream church struggling to deal with cultural shifts. It’s compelling from beginning to end." - David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle