Moving Out is a dramatic short film which explores faith and family.
Growing up in a Presbyterian church, I was taught that being a lesbian was a sin. Having fallen in love with a woman during college, I was afraid that if I told my family and friends that I was a lesbian, they would reject me. So I fought to keep my feelings a secret.
Paralyzed by shame and the fear of rejection, it took me ten years to gather the courage to finally come out. Coming out has been a very challenging experience, but to my surprise and amazement, I have received an outpouring of love and support from family and friends. The truth is you never really stop coming out, but I’ve come to learn that sometimes the answer to our own feelings of hopelessness is to act with courage and honesty.
Ten years. That is how long it took me to come out. It’s also been ten years since I wrote and directed my last film, Le Retour. One night when I was working as a production assistant on the set of a prime time television show, the assistant director asked me about my professional goals. I told her what I always told people when they asked, “I want to write and direct movies.” Without missing a beat, she replied, “Then you should go and do it.” Quoting John Lennon, she continued, “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans.”
That was the last time I worked as a production assistant. After that conversation, I transitioned into story development. I have been actively writing scripts inspired by my own experiences and truths ever since.
In 2014, the Presbyterian Church USA voted to allow pastors to conduct same sex marriages. In 2015, I married Ashley.
At present, the Christian church in general is divided on LGBTQ issues. Some are accepting. Many still are not. Ash and I are making this film in an effort to bring unity of acceptance and understanding to the church and within our family.
My decision to come out has brought about so many beautiful and unexpected changes in my life. And now, thanks to a little on set encouragement and a nudge from John Lennon, I am fulfilling my passion in filmmaking.
Life is short, and I am not wasting any more time. It’s time for Moving Out.