By Jesus Olivares
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 09/19/2022 “We don’t take it lightly, your interview helps to get the word out there.” Director Yuval David told The Hollywood Times during a Zoom interview.
A world premiere is scheduled at acclaimed LGBTQ Film Festival Out On Film in Atlanta followed by a New York Premiere at Woodstock Film Festival this fall of the powerful LGBTQ documentary “Wonderfully Made — LGBTQ+R(eligion).” The feature film directorial debut from Emmy® winner Yuval David (“Madame Secretary,” “What Would You Do?”), Executive Producer Mark McDermott (“Building A Bridge,” “Between the Shades”), and Advocate Producer Lance Bass (“The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story,” “Kidnapped for Christ”).
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The Hollywood Times had the opportunity to speak with Yuval David and Mark McDermott about the film. Enjoy the conversation:
“Wonderfully Made — LGBTQ+R(eligion),” is an extraordinarily moving feature-length documentary that strikes at the root of anti-LGBTQ attitudes by exploring the challenges and aspirations of LGBTQ+ Catholics. The film focuses on the Catholic Church, as one of the largest religious organizations in the world with its anti-LGBTQ+ stance, has been a source of pain for so many of its followers. The film shines a penetrating light on the Churches ostracizing teaching, while remaining respectful of those of faith. It features interviews with leading advocates of LGBTQ+ Catholics, including a pioneering nun, two prominent priests (one of whom is openly gay), and a former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. The narrative of the film is shaped by the process of a fine art project creating unprecedented, photographic iconography depicting Jesus as a member/ally of the LGBTQ+ community, portrayed by multiple LGBTQ+ models of diverse ethnicities, genders, races, sexualities, and identities.
“Wonderfully Made — LGBTQ+R(eligion),” was shaped and crafted by husbands, director and Emmy® winner Yuval David and executive producer Mark McDermott (who’s story as a person of faith opened the door to this bigger conversation). Advocate Producers include a number of notables including: Lance Bass, Bishop Gene Robinson, Reverend Mel White, former Ireland President Mary McAleese, Andrew Tobias, Mitchell Gold, and Jane Clementi. The film features Cinematography by Nicco Quinto, editing by Hugo Perez, with original music composed by Ariel Blumenthal.
“Wonderfully Made — LGBTQ+R(eligion),” offers eye-opening interviews with Father James Martin, S.J., Father Bryan Massingale, Sister Jeannine Grammick, SL, Stanley JR Zerkowski, Marianne Duddy-Burke, Cathy Renna, Natalia Imperatori-Lee, fmr. Ambassador Miguel Diaz, Xorje Olivares, and Jason Steidl.
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About Yuval David
Award-winning and celebrated actor, host, filmmaker and advocate Yuval David puts his entire being into all he does. He engages through his unique creativity, powerful energy and captivating artistry that emanates from his passionate vitality, vulnerable soulfulness, quick wit, perceptive viewpoint, alluring enthusiasm, charming charisma, and genuine kindness.
On a mission to entertain, uplift, inspire, and empower, Yuval is a storyteller, approaching the narrative through his work as an actor, host and filmmaker.
Throughout his creative journey as an actor, Yuval plays major roles in film, television, theatre, web, digital media, and voice overs.
As a TV Host/Presenter, Yuval focuses on societal, humanitarian, cultural, travel, food, environmental, and entertainment programming.
As a filmmaker, Yuval produces, directs, and writes short and feature films, documentaries, web-series, digital and TV content.