Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The Netflix documentary, PRAY AWAY, is a powerful look at the Pray The Gay Away Movement. KUCI's Janeane Bernstein speaks with Pray Away Producer, Jessica Devaney


From Executive Producers Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum




A MULTITUDE FILMS Production

In Association with

Blumhouse, Lamplighter Films, Naked Edge Films,

Chicken & Egg Pictures, Perspective Fund, Secret Sauce Media

Official Selection - 2020 Tribeca Film Festival

Official Selection – 2020 Hot Docs Film Festival

Official Selection – 2020 Telluride Film Festival

Official Selection – 2021 DOC 10 Film Festival


Release Date: August 3rd on Netflix





Director/Writer: Kristine Stolakis

Producers: Jessica Devaney (Always In Season, Roll Red Roll), Anya Rous (Always In Season, Roll Red Roll), Kristine Stolakis

Executive Producers: Ryan Murphy, Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, Mary Lisio, Amanda Spain, Daniel J. Chalfen, Jim

Butterworth, Katy Drake Bettner, Johnny Symons, Julie Parker Benello, Patty Quillin, Nion McEvoy, Leslie Berriman, Regina K. Scully, Alexis Martin Woodall




Logline: Former leaders of the "pray the gay away" movement contend with the aftermath unleashed by their actions, while a survivor seeks healing and acceptance from more than a decade of trauma.


Running Time: 101 minutes


Synopsis: In the 1970s, five men struggling with being gay in their Evangelical church started a Bible study to help each other leave the "homosexual lifestyle." They quickly received over 25,000 letters from people asking for help and formalized as Exodus International, the largest and most controversial conversion therapy organization in the world.

But leaders struggled with a secret: their own “same-sex attractions” never went away. After years as Christian superstars in the religious right, many of these men and women have come out as LGBTQ, disavowing the very movement they helped start. Focusing on the dramatic journeys of former conversion therapy leaders, current members, and a survivor, PRAY AWAY chronicles the “ex gay" movement’s rise to power, persistent influence, and the profound harm it causes.

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