Out and Devout

Whether or not homosexuality can be compatible with Christianity is a touchy subject (to say the least) in most churches and one tackled head-on in the coming-of-age indie film The Wise Kids, which will have its Florida premiere at the Miami Beach Cinematheque Wednesday. The story revolves around a group of Christian friends in Charleston, South Carolina: the doubting pastor’s daughter Brea, the deeply religious Laura, and Tim, the openly gay son of a single father with the controversial idea that God loves him just the way he is. Facing the transition from high school to college, they are forced to confront their deepest beliefs as they enter the next stage in life. The religiously inclined need not fear — this is no hit piece on Christians. Writer/director Stephen Cone creates a character piece with no heroes or villains — just three young souls finding their way in the world. Already garnering praise on the festival circuit, the writing and performances have won Grand Jury Awards for Outstanding U.S. Dramatic Feature Film and Outstanding Screenwriting at this year’s Outfest, making The Wise Kids a worthwhile alternative to another dull trip to the multiplex.
Wed., Sept. 14, 7 p.m., 2011

 
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