What is the Far Between project?
The Far Between project is really an over-all effort to help improve the conversation about homosexuality in the LDS Church. The project is comprised of several components including this website and a documentary film. The project also includes several contributions to the “It Gets Better” video campaign aimed at encouraging homosexual youth with messages of love, acceptance, and hope. A major component of the Far Between project is designed to help members of the LDS Church improve the way they approach the often emotionally charged and confusing conversations they have in trying to reconcile homosexuality and the LDS faith. Ultimately the Far Between project is intended to help everyone find better ways of engaging around this difficult issue by respecting other’s feelings, perspectives, and experiences.
Will the film be anti-Mormon in any way?
No. Though some individuals featured in the film may share some of the negative and hurtful experiences they have had in church settings, the film will not have an anti-Mormon slant or bias. To the contrary, the film will also feature individuals who have found great peace and comfort in the LDS Church.
Many people use the term same-gender attracted, gay, or queer to describe what you refer to as homosexuality. Why is homosexuality the term you use?
We recognize the diversity of terms available to describe being physically, emotionally and/or intellectually attracted to people of the same sex or gender. We also recognize the loaded nature of some terms and the partisanship that often accompanies them. Unfortunately, we have found that every term elicits negative feelings or associations for significant numbers of people. After careful consideration, we feel homosexual and homosexuality to the be the terms most benign and unburdened by political or social agendas. We don’t prescribe terminology for the subjects, however, so individuals interviewed use their preferred terminology in telling their stories.
Why do you choose to refer to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as Mormons?
The term ‘Mormon’ is recognizable to a broad audience and popularly encompasses a cultural identity inclusive of those coming from an LDS (Mormon) background regardless of current involvement. We don’t prescribe terminology for the subjects, however, so individuals interviewed use their preferred terminology in telling their stories.
Will there be a voice for those who are no longer associated with the LDS church?
Yes. We are pleased to bring you stories that encompass myriad life experiences of those who are homosexual and Mormon. This includes those who no longer find an active place within the LDS faith.
Will there be a voice for those who are faithfully and actively participating in the church, and adhering to its tenets and doctrines?
Yes. We are pleased to bring you stories that encompass myriad life experiences of those who are homosexual and Mormon. This includes those who are faithful to the doctrine and practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Is the focus on only how people reconcile their sexuality and the LDS church?
No. Far Between seeks to convey the journeys of individuals who are navigating the tension and personal experiences related to being both homosexual and Mormon. These journeys include reconciliation between sexuality and spirituality but also include personal narratives of exploring that tension without resolution or being affected by but not personally experiencing it.
When and where can we see this film?
We plan to finish the cut by the end of 2015 and to have it ready for film festivals. This is an independent film with no set or guaranteed distribution. We are hoping to enter it into film festivals and create enough buzz to get a theatrical run. We will need lots of support and help to make this happen. So, if you feel excited about what we are doing please spread the word. Thank you.
Are the subjects of the film out and open about their sexuality?
In order to convey a full spectrum of experiences, the subjects are at varying degrees of openness, from anonymous to publicly open, at the time of the interview. Of course, the use and distribution of the interview was clearly explained to all subjects interviewed.