John McNeill, seated, in Rome for his film’s world premiere in June 2011 with director Brendan Fay and lesbian pastor Hilde Raastad
Tickets are selling fast for the U.S. premiere of “Taking a Chance on God,” a documentary on gay priest John McNeill. It will be shown at 3:15 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Woodstock Film Festival in New York.
The new film follows the extraordinary life of 85-year-old McNeill, a former POW, co-founder of the LGBT Catholic group Dignity and author of “The Church and the Homosexual.” He refused to be silenced even though he was expelled from the Jesuits.
McNeill will attend the premiere with director Brendan Fay and Charles Chiarelli, McNeill’s life partner of 45 years. Ticket info is available at woodstockfilmfestival.com. Watch for the movie at other film festivals this fall. They have received festival invitations from Poland, Germany and Italy, with interest from Spain and Romania too. A **new** trailer for the film is posted below.
Gay priest McNeill shakes up Rome with new moves and new movie
Taking a Chance on God Facebook page
UPDATE: John McNeill has posted his own personal thoughts on the film debut at this link:
Reflections on the playing of Taking a Chance on God at the Woodstock Film Festival
Photo by Bill Wilson © 2011, SanFranciscoSentinel.com
Taking a Chance on God from Brendan Fay on Vimeo.