Pray Away

Directed by Kristine Stolakis

PRAY AWAY tells the story of the history and continuation of the "pray the gay away" or ex-gay movement.

Status: In Production

about the team

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KRISTINE STOLAKIS (Director/Producer) is a BAFTA-nominated documentary director and producer. Her directorial debut short WHERE WE STAND (2016), tells the story of Mormon feminists fighting for women’s rights inside their church. It was released by The Atlantic, nominated for a BAFTA, and is currently a Vimeo Staff Pick. Stolakis is also the producer of ATTLA (2018), a feature documentary on legendary Alaska Native dogsled racer George Attla. ATTLA is a co-production of her company Paper Bridge Films and ITVS. Her films have played internationally at Hot Docs, Doc NYC, the United Nations Association Film Festival, the Frontline Club of London, and Outfest among others; been covered by Ms. Magazine, Buzzfeed, and Broadly; and played at the National Gallery of Art and on Alaska Airlines. She has also directed and filmed video content for The New Yorker and Yahoo News. She is currently a lecturer at Stanford University and University of San Francisco, and is the Director of Professional Workshops for the San Francisco chapter of the Video Consortium, an international non-profit community organization of video journalists. She holds an M.F.A. in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from New York University. She proudly hails from central New York and North Carolina. PRAY AWAY is her first feature as director.

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MELISSA LANGER (Director of Photography) is a documentary director and DP based in Philadelphia. She holds an MFA in Documentary Film & Video from Stanford University and a BA in History from Carleton College. Her short films include HAULED OUT, TREASURE ISLAND, and TERMS OF INTIMACY. Her most recent film, MY ALEPPO, tells the story of a young Syrian family in South Africa as they communicate with the home front via Skype, watching Aleppo disintegrate and their loved ones change. She is the recipient of a UFVA Carole Fielding Grant and her films have premiered at Telluride Film Festival, IDFA, and MoMA's Doc Fortnight.

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CARLA GUTIERREZ (Editor) is the editor of the Oscar-nominated film LA CORONA and the Emmy- nominated documentaries REPORTERO, KINGDOM OF SHADOWS and FAREWELL FERRIS WHEEL. Her latest film, RBG, about the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was theatrically released by Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media. RBG has become the highest grossing film for Magnolia. Carla’s recent film, CHAVELA, premiered at the 2017 Berlinale Film Festival where it won the 2nd place Audience Award in the Panorama section. CHAVELA went on to win both the Audience and Grand Jury Awards at L.A. Outfest, and the Audience Award at Frameline. The film has had a wide theatrical release in Mexico to rave reviews. She also edited WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE, which won a Special Jury Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and Best Documentary awards at Docufest, Madrid, Mumbai and Shanghai International Film Festivals. WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE was nominated for a Cinema Eye Honors Award for Outstanding Achievement in Debut Film. Her work has screened at Sundance, Berlinale, IDFA, SXSW, Full Frame, AFI, Los Angeles Film Festival, HotDocs, Ambulante, among other festivals. Her films have broadcast/streamed on HBO, Netflix, Amazon, POV, Independent Lens, the Sundance Channel, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and BBC’s Storyville. Carla has been a creative adviser for the Sundance Edit Lab, and a mentor for the Firelight Producers’ Lab. She received a Masters in Documentary Film from Stanford University.

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MYLES MARKHAM (Consulting Producer) (he/him or they/them) is the Programs & Organizing Coordinator for The Reformation Project, a grassroots Christian organization seeking to advance LGBTQ inclusion in evangelical and or conservative churches. Myles is based in Atlanta, Georgia where they are pursuing a Master of Divinity at Columbia Theological Seminary and exploring the role of religion and faith within queer and trans communities of color. Myles loves liberation theology, early two-thousands hip-hop and r&b, wild animals, and is forever determining what it means to be a trans person of faith with Japanese American/Native Hawai’ian ancestry.

Jessica Devaney
Anya Rous

Co-Executive Producers
David Lee
Julie Parker Benello
Nion McEvoy
Leslie Berriman
Janet Tittiger

Executive Producers
Daniel Chalfen
Jim Butterworth
Katy Drake Bettner
Johnny Symons