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2018 Chautauqua Season

2018 Interfaith Lecture Series: Dan Karslake

Aug 20, 2018 2:00pm ‐ Aug 20, 2018 3:15pm



Daniel Karslake, a seventh generation Chautauquan, is an award-winning director and producer whose work deals with social justice issues.  He directed and produced FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO, a feature documentary about the intersection of religion and homosexuality, which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win twelve “best documentary” audience awards at prestigious festivals around the world.  Following the film’s theatrical premiere at the Chautauqua Cinema, the film screened in more than 140 markets across America and was shortlisted for a 2008 Academy Award.  FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO has since been translated into more than 20 languages worldwide, and in 2010 it was recognized by Entertainment Weekly magazine as “one of five documentaries that has changed the world.” 

Dan’s second feature, EVERY THREE SECONDS, is about the potential in each of us to play a significant role in the ending of hunger and poverty, and was directly inspired by a sermon he had heard at Chautauqua.

Karslake, who lives in Berlin with his husband Russell Anderson, is currently working on two films: a follow-up to FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO called FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO, which will explore the intersection of religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and HITLER’S MAN IN HOLLYWOOD, an examination of the surprising control that the Nazis had over Hollywood in the 1930’s.


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