Award-Winning Filmmaker Macky Alston’s Acclaimed Documentary on How the Former Bishop of New Hampshire is Changing the World, Debuts on Digital March 12th and DVD April 9th

Director Macky Alston’s (Family NameHard Road Home) critically-acclaimeddocumentary LOVE FREE OR DIE debuts across all digital platforms beginning March 12th and lands on DVD April 9th from Wolfe Video. The uncompromising film challenges the long held belief, supported by most of the world’s religions, that homosexuality is in direct conflict with faith. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay person to be elected bishop in Christendom, takes on the church’s stance and claims a place for all people.

In addition to its U.S. Documentary Special Jury Prize for An Agent of Change at 2012 Sundance Film Festival, LOVE FREE OR DIE also won the Human Rights Award at the 2012 River Run International Film Festival, the Best Documentary Award at the 2012 Philadelphia QFest, the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2012 Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, a 2012 Wilbur Award for Best Feature Documentary, and the Audience Awards at the 2012 Palm Beach International Film Festival and 2012 NewFest LGBT Film Festival.

Following theatrical runs in New York and Los Angeles, LOVE FREE OR DIE aired as part of PBS’ “Independent Lens” series on November 12, 2012.  It has a runtime of 83 minutes and is not rated. DVD bonus features will include deleted scenes.

SYNOPSIS: LOVE FREE OR DIE is a film about religion, homosexuality and human rights; how tradition and scripture are used by many to reject a faithful minority and amid the growing calls in the US and beyond to adopt inclusion. The film follows Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay person to be elected bishop in the high church traditions of Christendom. Bishop Robinson's elevation in the sleepy New Hampshire diocese in 2003 ignited a worldwide debate in the Anglican Communion, one that has become so heated that there is still a chance of a schism in the 80 million-member denomination.

Taking on the church’s stance against homosexuality, Bishop Robinson has become a lightning rod, standing at the crossroads of religion and sexuality. One year after being muzzled by the Archbishop of Canterbury, he finds himself speaking from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at Barack Obama’s 2008 Inauguration. Gene Robinson confronts those who use religion as an instrument of oppression, and claims a place in the church and society, not just for LGBT people, but for all people.  
   
WINNER of the Special Jury Prize ~ 2012 Sundance Film Festival
Suspenseful . .. inspiring. .. heartbreaking” - The Salt Lake Tribune
A thoughtful reflection on the divisiveness of homosexuality in organized religion, focusing on the quiet crusade of openly gay bishop Gene Robinson.” - The Hollywood Reporter
“this documentary. Tell your congregation, colleagues, and friends about it.” – Spirituality & Practice
 
 
On January 22nd, lesbian music duo God Des and She released a powerful new video for “God, I Know You Love Me”. It premiered on AfterEllen.com and LOGO TV earlier today and has already garnered attention from major LGBT organizations including The Trevor Project. 

The contentious yet moving video recounts a young girl’s internal struggle with religion pitted against her budding sexuality. The story follows the lead through a series of “Pray Away The Gay” conversion therapy practices who employ a host of mentally and emotionally scarring methods designed to try and “correct” her sexual orientation. Throughout their career God Des and She have been consistent advocates for equality and the gay community.  

“I have heard too many stories and seen too many gay folks feel shame and truly believe they are going to hell because they are gay.  I am not even religious and have had moments where I questioned if I was going to hell.  But as I have matured, I have come to the conclusion that I would much rather be in hell with all the beautiful gays and dance music then be in heaven with hateful crazy fundamentalist preachers like Fred Phelps." 
- God Des  

"God, I Know You Love Me," comes from their upcoming fourth album, The always outspoken artists have been meticulously crafting the album over the last two years. Many of the beats were produced by God Des herself, along with DJ Pain 1 (50 Cent, Schoolboy Q, Big K.R.I.T.). This follow up to their 2009, critically acclaimed Three features guest appearances by San Jose's Persia and Cuba's Las Krudas. God Des and She's 4th album United States of God Des and She will be released on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

It is available for pre-order on iTunes: HERE