Episode 910: Producer Jessica Devaney (Pray Away), Critic Elizabeth Kim (Gen Z Critics) and Singer Phreckle$
Chris Collins Show
Film Critic Elizabeth “Betsy” Kim (Gen Z Critics) joins JUST TALKING and advocates for the younger generation to start critiquing films. AND with that—Gen Z Critics has decided to have their own Oscar nominations vote! Betsy’s top vote during the COVID lockdown goes to Korean Drama’s (K-Drama’s)—they’ve got drama, comedy, tons of episodes and are incredibly fun to watch. There’s one under the radar sketch comedy show Betsy recommends—Ziwe (Zee Way) on Showtime—“nails Gen-Z humor” but “too cool” for the Emmys and snubbed. Submit your film critique at https://genzcritics.com/ Film Producer Jessica Devaney joins JUST TALKING to talk about her controversial film Pray Away. The film is about Gay conversion therapy—a sensitive subject — AND exposes Exodus International, the most controversial conversion therapy organization in the world. Pray Away is a deeply compassionate approach to portraying people discovering their gender/sexual identity in the context of the modern church without weaponizing the message. It’s a powerful documentary, available on NETFLIX, https://www.netflix.com/title/81040370. STRIKE A CHORD artist Phreckle$ once known as Female (Femm maalee) left a life of addiction, toxic relationships, partying and reinvented herself as Phrecke$ the powerhouse artist today. Phreckle$ isn’t an artist you can place in a genre—“I don’t want to be in a box, get me out of the box”—“something that has its own lane.” Artists grow over the years. “My music is a mesh between hip hop, pop, a little bit of a rock edge in a way.” Phreckle$’ track Because Of You is a tribute to her daughter, a powerful and sobering example of changing your life in a positive direction. Listen and follow Phreckle$ at https://www.iamphreckles.com.
PRAY AWAY - Powerful Look at the Pray The Gay Away Movement - A conversation with Producer Jessica Devaney, Producer of PRAY AWAY
KUCI: Get the Funk Out
Release Date: August 3rd on NetflixDirector/Writer: Kristine StolakisProducers: Jessica Devaney (Always In Season, Roll Red Roll), Anya Rous (Always In Season, Roll Red Roll), Kristine StolakisExecutive Producers: Ryan Murphy, Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, Mary Lisio, Amanda Spain, Daniel J. Chalfen, JimButterworth, Katy Drake Bettner, Johnny Symons, Julie Parker Benello, Patty Quillin, Nion McEvoy, Leslie Berriman, Regina K. Scully, Alexis Martin WoodallLogline: 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 minutesSynopsis: 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.
It's an interesting mix of films we're talking about on this episode of BTL Radio Show thanks to our special guest producer JESSICA DEVANEY who is back with us to talk about her latest film, the Netflix documentary PRAY AWAY. And we've got our exclusive interview with stuntman/stunt coordinator turned director PETER "DRAGO" TIEMANN talking about his feature directorial debut THE STAIRS!Kicking off today's show is our exclusive interview with PETER "DRAGO" TIEMANN. Stuntman/Stunt Coordinator, Drago now makes his writing/directing feature narrative debut with the edge-of-your-seat thriller, THE STAIRS. Take a listen as Peter and I delve into the story of THE STAIRS and "the making of" from story to characters to casting to editing and pacing to action to cinematography to practical effects (a man on fire) to sound to working with a colorist to collaboration to character drive vs action driven and more. Knowledgeable, articulate, and so much fun, take a listen to Drago now and then see THE STAIRS this Thursday night, August 12 at one of 700 theatres across the country for a very special screening!She's back!!! Producer JESSICA DEVANEY is back with us talking about the powerful new documentary about the dangerous practice of conversion therapy – PRAY AWAY. Directed by Kristine Stolakis and produced by Jessica and Multitude Films (along with Ryan Murphy, Blumhouse, Chicken & Egg, and more), Jessica joined us several months ago fresh off the film's world premiere at Tribeca but we held off in-depth discussion on PRAY AWAY until its release on Netflix on August 3. Now that this powerhouse doc is available for all to watch and we dig into the film and how it came to be, Jessica's involvement as producer, working with director Kristine Stolakis, the importance of this film in today's world, the responsibilities as a producer in telling a story like PRAY AWAY, balancing cinema and sensitivity, marketing strategy during a pandemic, resource guides and other materials made available on the film website www.prayawayfilm.com as companion pieces to the film, and more.http://eliasentertainmentnetwork.com
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. Today my guest is the producer of PRAY AWAY Jessica Devaney--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/followingfilms/support
BEHIND THE LENS #314: Featuring Jessica Devaney and D.W. Thomas
Behind The Lens
A female-centric fun BEHIND THE LENS with this episode thanks to producer JESSICA DEVANEY and director D.W. THOMAS.First up, we're welcoming JESSICA DEVANEY, producer and founder/president of Multitude Films who joins us live off fresh off the world premiere at Tribeca of her latest film, PRAY AWAY. Just in time for Pride Month, Jessica talks about the genesis of Multitude Films and its mission. An LGBTQ-led independent production company, Multitude is dedicated to telling non-fiction stories by and about underrepresented communities. Listen as Jessica talks about founding Multitude, finding and developing stories, working hands-on/boots on the ground as a producer with specific films, film financing and hybridization, and more. Plus, just prior to airtime, the development deal between Steven Spielberg and Netflix was announced and we get Jessica's first impressions about streaming versus theatrical releasing, particularly in light of the Spielberg deal.Then get ready because co-writer/director and editor D.W. THOMAS is with us live talking about her new film and feature directorial debut with TOO LATE. A fun and funny dark comedic gem, not only does TOO LATE boast some first-rate production values, but a terrific cast.D.W. and I dig deep into the "making of" TOO LATE, a story set in the Los Angeles indie comedy scene focusing on Violet Fields, assistant to Bob Devore, famed comedian and host of the live variety show "Too Late". And while it's clear Bob is a monster of a boss, he may also be another kind of monster, one hungry for young comics and particularly, comedian Jimmy Rhodes, to whom Violet has taken more than a shine.Take a listen as we talk about this first-rate cast which includes Alyssa Limperis as Violet, Ron Lynch as Bob, plus Will Weldon, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Fred Armisen, Jenny Zigrino, Jack De Sena, and Brooks Wheelan, and then dive into the idea for this story and co-writing with Tom Becker, rich cinematography courtesy of Scott Toler Collins, the editing process and how her work as the film's editor impacted her directing and visuals, Sam Slosburg's production design, Mikel Hurwitz' score, finding comedy beats and pace, and more.http://eliasentertainmentnetwork.com
Robin on Bernie, the Davos Economic Forum, and a Saudi fatwa against chess. Guests: Irin Carmon, author of The Notorious RBG; Julie Burton on a new Women's Media Center Report of media coverage on repro rights; filmmakers of fab doc SpeedSisters. Irin Carmon: Julie Burton: Amber Fares & Jessica Devaney: