I Am Michael

Synopsis: I AM MICHAEL is the incredible true-life story of Michael Glatze (Franco), a high profile gay youth activist who created a national controversy when he claimed to no longer be gay and became a straight Christian pastor. The film follows Michael from his life in San Francisco with his boyfriend Bennett (Quinto), where he pursues political activism, a journalist career at XY Magazine, social awareness, and sexual exploration, to his days of personal self-discovery. After a traumatic scare, Michael is plagued by doubt and paranoia, and begins a religious reawakening. Michael renounces his gay lifestyle, rejects his friends, and endeavors to find his "true self." He explores Buddhism and Mormonism, yet ultimately lands at a Christian Bible school in rural Wyoming where he meets his girlfriend, Rebekah (Roberts), and becomes the pastor of his own church. This powerful new film captures one man's haunting journey through modern concepts of love, denial and redemption.
Director(s): Justin Kelly
Production: Brainstorm Media
  8 wins & 3 nominations.
 
IMDB:
5.7
Metacritic:
56
Rotten Tomatoes:
64%
NOT RATED
Year:
2015
98 min
38 Views

1

Hi, I'm Michael.

Paul.

I hear you're

having some trouble.

It's okay.

It's okay.

I just...

Don't understand...

Why god made me like this.

He didn't.

Trust me.

Let me tell you something.

You should never define yourself

by your choices or your desires.

Gay doesn't exist.

It's a false identity.

This isn't my choice.

Why would I choose this?

You always have a choice.

You wanna go to heaven, right?

Yes.

If you're a moral person,

then you'll choose

heterosexuality

in order to be with god.

Hey.

Hey. Hey.

Where you going?

I'm gonna make us breakfast.

No.

Yeah, come on.

Breakfast is the most

important part of the day.

I'll have muffins at my meeting.

Muffins?

Yeah, muffins.

Blueberry.

Mmm, blueberry.

Okay, then we'll do lunch, okay?

Mmm, morning breath.

Oh, stop it!

Get off!

It's so cool

that you work at XY.

Yeah. Yeah, it's rad.

You guys are like the only cool

gay magazine out there right now.

Oh, yeah, sort of.

Hey, listen up, queens.

XY magazine is taking over!

It's our time to shine!

Matthew Shepard

was an openly gay man.

When he went to a Laramie,

Wyoming bar last week,

these two suspects

lured him outside,

pretending to be gay.

Now they're charged

with a vicious attack

that left Shepard

hanging on this fence

for 18 hours

in freezing temperatures.

Shepard remained on

life support until this morning

when he passed away.

Shepard's family

is grateful for support

from around the world.

They killed him

because they were afraid,

and they were afraid because of

what their churches tell them

and because of what

they see in movies.

It's f*cking ridiculous.

I hope they get

the death penalty.

You're against the death penalty.

Not in this case.

That's like being

for free speech

until someone tells you

something that pisses you off.

He died a slow death

after being tied to a fence

and tortured.

Exactly, a slow death

is way more painful.

They should spend the rest

of their lives in prison.

Okay, look, we need

to move away from labels

because they segment

and they lead to persecution.

People don't wanna be

perceived as gay because...

They're afraid

they'll end up like Matthew.

But we are a gay magazine.

Identifying as gay

is being part of a community.

It's recognition,

it's progress...

We've been telling the kids in the magazine

to come out, to be proud to be gay.

They should be proud

to be themselves.

Gay and straight

are just social constructs.

Ugh. God,

you and your queer theory.

Class is in session

with professor Michael Glatze.

Shut up.

Okay, okay, look.

We need to put out the message

that being attracted

to the same sex

doesn't define who you are.

Hey.

Have you been smoking?

Just one.

Small one.

It was a small cigarette.

Busted.

Letters to the editor.

Ninety percent are some poor

teen with religious parents.

F*cking Christian fundamentalists

should burn in hell.

Uh, okay.

In the meantime,

there is a design competition

for the Halifax

international airport.

I don't wanna move to Halifax.

I know, but my father wants me

to head up the bid committee.

It's huge.

Halifax is so boring.

Your hometown is boring.

It's not.

Olympia?

Yeah.

It's all trees

and fog and coffee.

And the birthplace

of the riot grrrl movement

and where Kurt Cobain

wrote most of nevermind.

Oh, well...

Yeah.

In that case...

But it's unsustainable here,

unless you're in

the dot-com movement,

and I don't wanna live

in a studio on mission street

when we're 50.

Well, we won't be.

We'll be in a big mansion

on a hill. Duh.

May 21st, 2000.

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