It's not every day an award-winning filmmaker strolls into a small Florida town.
That's exactly what's happening in Mount Dora later this month when Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize nominee Daniel Karslake brings his critically-acclaimed documentary "For the Bible Tells me So" to downtown.
The film premiered at Sundance in 2007 and went on to be short-listed for a 2008 Academy Award and win nine "Best Documentary" audience awards at film festival across the globe.
The public screening and appearance by Karslake on June 24th is the highlight of LGBT Pride month in Lake County. The Mount Dora event, A Celebration of Pride, will include a wine reception with Karslake, music, a silent auction of local fine art in addition to Hollywood and Broadway memorabilia.
Tickets are $10 and include a glass of wine and two raffle tickets. The filmmaker, a graduate of Duke University and current resident of Berlin, will also talk about his upcoming sequel, “For We Know Not What We Do," due out this fall. The proceeds of the event benefit the production of the sequel.
This won’t be Karslake’s first visit to Mount Dora. He has been to Orlando several times and it was there he met the producers of his forthcoming sequel. Through Facebook, he reconnected with an old friend from elementary school who lives in Mount Dora and she invited him to visit during an Orlando appearance.
“I spent an amazing evening in your beautiful town,” Karslake told The Mount Dora Buzz, “and I can’t wait to return! I’ve already said to my husband that perhaps we need to retire there someday.”
In 2014, Karslake's wrote, directed and produced, "Every Three Seconds," a film that profiled five ordinary people from countries around the world who have found remarkably simple ways to make a difference in combating hunger and extreme poverty. Earlier in his career, the filmmaker was a producer of the Emmy-nominated "In the Life" television series on PBS.
The event is open to the public and will be held at Mount Dora Community Building at 520 N Baker Street from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Get tickets here.
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