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I Am Michael
Directed by Justin Kelly
Starring James Franco, Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts
(2015; USA; 98 min.; Color; DCP; Print Courtesy the Producers)

Michael Glatze was without doubt one of the most influential gay rights advocates who’s work impacted a whole generation of gay youth. Charismatic and deeply inspiring, Glatze began as a writer for XY Magazine, but resistant to that magazine’s exclusively male-focus, he and longtime boyfriend, Benjie Nycum, founded highly acclaimed YOUNG GAY AMERICA (YGA) Magazine, which gave voice to a new generation of queer youth.

In private, Glatze was deeply affected by the early loss of his parents, and after experiencing a medical scare reminiscent of his own father’s death, he began a personal quest to find God, which led him through Buddhism, Mormonism, Bible College, and ultimately his own anti-gay Ministry.

Seeking to balance the betrayal and hostility many felt towards Glatze’s troubling evolution with a degree of compassion, I AM MICHAEL allows for the paradoxes that often shape our destinies, yet speaks to the humanity that gives shape to our souls.

QFest is honored to award Director Justin Kelly and the I AM MICHAEL team with QFest’s inaugural Freedom of Vision award, designed by artist Leenah Jimenez, in recognition of their achievement in creating a work of art that inspires conversation, debate, and perhaps even a path towards reconciliation.

Justin Kelly is a writer/director whose short films (FRONT, DEBRIS, GIRL!) have screened at festivals worldwide, while his music videos have all premiered on MTV. After assisting producers, directors, and editors on films such as ALMOST FAMOUS and MILK, he began editing narrative feature-films (CRYPTIC, HIGHLAND PARK, THE WAIT), while also developing his own projects. I AM MICHAEL is Mr. Kelly’s feature film debut.

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By: QFest Houston

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