Sunday, August 31, 2014

Worship Archive: August 31, 2014 - Pentecost 12a: Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, San Francisco, CA

 Pentecost 12A
 August 28, 2014
10 am Holy Communion Service
Grace Evangelical Lutheran

Today’s Worship Participants: 
Pastor: Rev. Megan Rohrer
Music Director: Dorothy Clazie
Assisting Minister:

Welcome to worship at Grace!
Welcome to long-time Lutherans, Christians from every tradition, and people new to faith. Welcome to all who have no church home, want to follow Christ, have doubts, or do not believe. Welcome to new visitors and old friends. Welcome to people of every age and size, color and culture, every sexual orientation and gender identity, socio-economic status, marital status, ability and challenge. Welcome to believers and questioners, and to questioning believers. This is a place where you are welcome to celebrate and sorrow, rejoice and recover.  This is a place where lives are made new.

Special Welcome to Newcomers
Welcome to our small community of faith.  While we are small in numbers, we have big hearts and a desire to grow.  In order to help you follow along, we have included all the materials you need for worship in this bulletin.

Please join us for worship any Sunday at 10am that you are able.  If you cannot join us in person, you can also join us online via live stream or by watching the archives of our worship and Bible Study that Doesn’t Suck anytime during the week at our website (, or on our mobile phone app, Bible Study that Doesn’t Suck, is available on Google Play and ITunes. 

If you have any questions about the service or about Grace, you can fill out the form in pew to let our pastor know you’d like to chat.  Or you can contact Pastor Megan Rohrer at

Prelude:     "Ever Faithful, Ever Near'                                    Franklin Ritter
Greeting:   Water is poured into the baptismal font. 
P   The Grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.                                      C   And also with you.

Opening Hymn: Verses 1, 3, 4


Prayer of the Day:
God of action, help us to move ever closer to you as we begin to do the things we have been procrastinating.  Amen.

First Reading: Exodus 3:1-15 

Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet it was not consumed. 3Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight, and see why the bush is not burned up.” 4When the Lord saw that he had turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5Then he said, “Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 6He said further, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
7Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, 8and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the country of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9The cry of the Israelites has now come to me; I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them. 10So come, I will send you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.”
11But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” 12He said, “I will be with you; and this shall be the sign for you that it is I who sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall worship God on this mountain.” 13But Moses said to God, “If I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’“ 15God also said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’: This is my name forever, and this my title for all generations.
L   Word of hope, word of life.                        Thanks be to God

Psalm  26: 1-8 (read responsively)
1Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.   2Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and mind.
3For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in faithfulness to you.
4I do not sit with the worthless, nor do I consort with hypocrites;  5I hate the company of evildoers, and will not sit with the wicked. 6I wash my hands in innocence, and go around your altar, O God most high,
7singing aloud a song of thanksgiving, and telling all your wondrous deeds.
8O God most high, I love the house in which you dwell, and the place where your glory abides.

Second Reading: Romans 12:9-21
9Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; 10love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. 11Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. 13Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. 14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

L   Word of hope, word of life.                        Thanks be to God

Special Music:  "Take My Heart"                                 Roger Summers                                       Hilda Schedler and Jeannie Wilson, sopranos


Gospel Reading:  Matthew 16:21-28
21From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” 23But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
24Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 26For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life? 27“For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. 28Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”
The gospel of the Lord.                                Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon: Silence for reflection follows the sermon.  The assembly stands to proclaim the word of God in song.

Hymn of the Day: Verses 3, 4 and 6

Prayers of Intercession
A    During this season of Pentecost, we pray that the Holy Spirit will bring understanding, inspiration and health to the church, the world and all people in their need.  A brief silence.

Creating God, help us repair broken relationships, to clean up our messes and debts and to ask for help when we need it. God in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Parent God, bless all who are parents, the family and staff of the Grace Infant Care Center and all who have created families.  Help us to become better at loving and receiving love from others.  God in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God, guide our civic leaders and enable them to be good stewards of public trust, resources and properties.  Be with our bishops Elizabeth and Mark, our pastor Megan and all the staff and leaders of our congregation.  God in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We give thanks for all who work in healing and caring professions.  Support doctors, nurses, partners, parents and friends who love and support others.  Provide healing and hope for those whose minds, bodies or spirits are in need of care.  Help us to live as fully as we can as we await the day all pain and suffering will end.   God in your mercy, hear our prayer.

For whom and what else do the people of Grace pray?
(Please offer - silently or aloud- petitions to God.  End spoken petitions with “God in your mercy.”)

P Our prayers rise like incense and are held by a loving God who yearns for us to be our best.  May we sleep well, worry less, and live convinced that God is on our side.    Amen.

The presiding minister and the assembly greet each other in the peace of the risen Christ.

P   The peace of Christ be with you always.                C   And also with you.

The people may greet one another with the sign of Christ’s peace, and may say, “Peace be with you” or similar words.    Then, the assembly is seated.

An offering is gathered for the mission of the church, including the care of those in need. 

Offertory: "           "Let Your Light So Shine"                        Tom Birchwood

Offering Prayer:
After the offering is gathered, the assembly stands.
A    Let us pray.   God, bless all that we have to offer.  May our financial support match the generosity of our lives.  Help us to be good stewards of our financial and emotional investments.  Amen.


P  It is indeed right, our duty and our joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks and praise . . . we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

P   On the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying: This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin. Do this for the remembrance of me.

The Lord’s Prayer:  (This version is from the New Zealand Prayer Book)
Eternal Spirit,
Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and testing, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.

For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and forever. Amen.



Scripture in this service is adapted from The Inclusive Bible: The First Egalitarian Translation, by Priests for Equality.  2009, Sheed & Ward. Kindle Edition. The traditional Lutheran liturgy is from Sundays and Copyright 2014 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #28429. Hymns used with permission for worship and podcast under  #A-723548.

Sending Hymn : Verses 1, 3 and 6

A:  Go in peace and serve our God.
C: Thanks be to God.

Postlude "Rise Up and Serve the Lord"          Hymnyune; Festal Song        arr.  PatriciaLou Harris

Please join us for coffee and refreshments downstairs in the Fellowship Hall.
To get to the Fellowship Hall, exit to the right of the communion railing at the front of the church.

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Upcoming Events and Dates: 
·        Every Wednesday – June 11-September 24, 6:30-8pm  – Summer Bible Movie Night: (@ St Paulus Lutheran 1541 Polk St) We will be watching the 10 part Bible Series created by the History channel.  You can come and join us or you can use our study guide questions that are posted online and watch at home each week.  The Bible series is available for streaming on Netflix.
·        September 6 and December 6 - Beatles Mass, 7pm Eucharist
·        September 20 – Neighborhood Block Party: Join us for lunch, a bouncy house and other opportunities to get to know our neighbors.  Volunteers are needed to help with lunch and to sell bake sale items.
·        September 27 – Open House and Pastor Megan and Laurel’s, 4-7pm, You are invited to join us for a potluck gathering.  Please note that there is a staircase with about 12 stairs at the entrance to the house and that we have cats.
·        October 9 – Night Ministry Fundraiser: We will invite singing groups to come to grace to help us raise money for the Night Ministry.
·        November 27 – Thanksgiving:  A meal served for 300 individuals (mostly homeless or seniors) by Welcome at St. Francis Lutheran Church.

·        December 4 – 18  - Holden Evening Prayer, 6:30pm: Each Thursday night in Advent.

·        December 24 – Christmas Eve Service of Carols, 9:30pm

·        January 29-31 – Grace Film Festival, Grace will be hosting a film festival (January 29th theme: Faith; January 30th theme: Hope; January 31st theme: Love).  All films will be screened in our sanctuary and will feature films that reflect our progressive Lutheran faith. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Bragg N East: Faith: Grace Film Festival: Official Selection

Bragg N East
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Runtime: 24:00
Category: Hope
Screening Date: January 30, 2015

Inspired by true events, a life shattering tragedy unites two former adversaries in search of answers: a police officer and a gang-member, both hardened by years of working the streets.

Bragg N East is a gritty, faith-oriented police drama about hopeless lives in inner-city Raleigh, North Carolina-and of the hope-filled vision of a local cop, Robert, whose inspired outreach of love changes the lives of many in that community-especially that of the gang member and drug dealer, Dae'Quan.
While the story line is fictional, it is inspired by true events and the experiences of Raleigh officer Robert Wagner, whose vision this film promotes and honors.
Director: Rob Underhill
ROB UNDERHILL is a film and TV director, producer, writer and editor. His films have screened at over 200 film festivals worldwide, including OAXACA (Mexico), SUNSCREEN (Academy-sponsored) and FESTIVAL DE CANNES (France), have received over 70 awards including for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and have scored rave reviews from top film critics like Mark Bell of FILM THREAT and Anne Brodie of CRITICIZE THIS! Featured on the National Public Radio shows, THE STATE OF THINGS with Frank Stasio and THE STORY with Dick Gordon, Rob’s work is regularly subject in newspapers, radio, TV-news and more. In 2013, Carolina STYLE Magazine selected Rob as one of 25 Most Stylish People influencing positive change in the Carolinas. And he is a 2013 RAWards Indie Art Award recipient for Best Regional Filmmaker. His work has aired on the ASPiRE network and other national US and European TV outlets. Visit his website at; *like* his facebook for updates at

Pink Elephant: Love: Grace Film Festival: Official Selection

Pink Elephant

Runtime: 3:11
Category: Love
Screening Date: January 31, 2015

Pink Elephant is about an enthusiastic photographer who, with a little help, overcomes obstacles, experiences love at first sight, and ultimately, finds happiness.

Director: Hunter Hopewell
Hunter Hopewell is an 18 year old, national award winning student filmmaker majoring in Film at the UNLV Honors college.
Director’s Statement
I originally got the idea for Pink Elephant when I was trying to get a photo of my dad next to an antique car at Disney World. Clueless people from around the world kept ruining the photo, and it was just ridiculous enough to make a great concept for a short film. Ironically, the Pink Elephant originated in Disney World during the '50s and now, guards the Diamond Inn Motel, one of the oldest, original buildings on the Las Vegas Strip. The Pink Elephant is right by the Fabulous Las Vegas sign and across the street from Mandalay Bay.

Belle: Love: Grace Film Festival Official Selection

Language: Spanish
Category: Love
Screening Date: January 31, 2015

Love comes in every moment.

Director: Tania Galán
Tania Galán was born in San Sebastián (Guipuzcoa, Spain) in Nov 1979. Her family moves to the east of the country when she was 8. After finish her studies she travels to Madrid to make a degree on Media Production. Since 2002, she has been working on different production movies, starting her career with award-winning documentaries and short films. She launched a production company in the early 2000's and one media association in the late 2000's. In 2012 she released her most awarded job as line producer and distributor (Efímera, Diego Modino), which has achieved more than 50 international awards and 160 international screenings worldwide. In 2014, she launched the distribution company InOut Distribution Ltd, while producing several short films as 'Mr. Dentonn' (Iván Villamel, 2014), and her first feature film as associated producer 'Girl Gets Girl' (Sonia Sebastián, 2015). She is also a member of Women Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media Professionals (CIMA).

A Date With Fate: Love: Grace Film Festival: Official Selection

A Date With Fate
Runtime: 3:00
Category: Love
Screening Date: January 31, 2015

Some things are meant to be, whether you like it or not.

Director: Venetia Taylor
VENETIA TAYLOR (writer/director) studied English Literature at Sydney University and acting at Screenwise. Short films include Terror on the Northside, The Palace, Connected, Distant Thunder, Brittany, Garbo, Ave Maria, The Future, Date With Fate & Counsellor. Stage plays include Terror on The Northside. Awards include Tally Shorts Festival Favourite (Tally Shorts US 2014), Audience Award for Best Short (YES Film Festival US 2013), Digital Film Award (San Francisco Frozen Film Festival US 2013), Best of Fest Winner (Rochester International Film Festival US 2013), Best International Film (Screen Stockport Film Festival UK 2012), Best Short Short (Harlem International Film Festival US 2012), Best Comedy (Poppy Jasper Film Festival US 2012), Best Film (Janison Short Sharp Film Festival NSW 2012), Best Short Short Comedy (Detroit Windsor International Film Fest US 2012), Best International Short Comedy (Carmarthen Bay Film Festival UK 2012), Best Film (Boohoo Short Film Competition Sydney 2011), Most Popular Film (Over The Fence Comedy Film Festival WA 2010), Audience Choice Award (Sandfly Film Festival NSW 2010), Bin Laughing Award (In The Bin Short Film Festival QLD 2010), Best Screenplay & Best Short Comedy (WOW Film Festival Sydney 2009) and Best New Talent, Best Script & Best Overall Production (Short & Sweet Short Play Festival Sydney 2008).

Sinaptica: Love: Grace Film Festival: Official Selection


Runtime: 18:00
Category: Love
Screening Date: January 31, 2015

After a mysterious synaptic connection beyond scientific explanation, two women, Clara and Gio establish a dreamlike relationship that leads them to share their deepest dreams and hidden desires during a coma. Two strangers who have never met in reality are finally given the opportunity that they, subconsciously, have always craved: to love another woman. A journey through their extraordinary dates, scattered throughout the dream world, will end in one final and significant encounter, where the two women will have to decide between waking up and going on with their individual lives or remain eternally in their dream state, together. Sinápica is a film that explores the boundaries between reality and dream. It is a love story that takes place in an unconventional space, the depths of the unconscious.
 Director: Carlos Durrif
Carlos Durrif is been working in the film industry since 2009, combing his film career with studies in art and design school in The Complutense University of Madrid and a graduated scholarship program in Études de Cinema in the University of Saint Denis, Paris. During this time Carlos had the chance to approach different aspects of the filmmaking working in several projects as features, music videos, commercials and shorts and he finally decided to focus in producing and directing, for which purpose he moved to New York and enrolled a Masters degree in Film production at NYFA.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Flowers: Love: Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church: Official Selection

United Kingdom

Runtime: 8:20
Category: Love
Screening Date: January 31, 2015

A boy falls in love with a deaf and mute girl and has to find a way to communicate his feelings for her.

Director and Writer
Sabina Sattar SWOOSH!
Sabina Sattar SWOOSH!
Monika Kocian SWOOSH!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Mural
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Runtime: 19:05
Category: Hope
Screening Date: January 30, 2015

The Mural is a 20-minute documentary film following the stories of several artists with developmental disabilities from non-profit as they work together with a group of civic artists from to paint a wall that aims to erase barriers.

The film explores the unlimited nature of Art and its capacity to express freedom, even for those individuals whose lives seem to be confined to the boundaries of their disabilities.

Director: Fran Guijarro
FRAN is a filmmaker and creative director based in San Francisco. He holds a MFA in Copywriting from the Academy of Art University and has also studied Screenwriting at Cuba Film School. Currently, he teaches as part of the BFA and MFA programs at the Academy of Art University and is co-founder of Free Range Puppies, a multicultural hybrid creative agency/production shop based in San Francisco. He’s also a member of the Honorary Board of Directors at the DSLR Filmmakers Guild. Fran’s work has been recipient of the prestigious Clio Award and the first CEO’s Echo Award for Social Action, considered the Oscar in the field of Direct Marketing. His last documentary titled ‘Mexican Cuisine’ has been screened at more than 50 festivals around the world, including Cannes SFC, the AFI Fest in LA and three other Oscar-qualifying festivals. It has also been awarded Best Documentary at the Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (La Plata, Argentina) and Best Film at the International Migration Art Festival (Milan, Italy) among other recognitions. He’s about to finish his first feature-length film titled ‘Moses’, a project that has been featured in dozens of different media so far, including the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle:

ÉDEN: Love: Grace Film Festival: Official Selection


ÉDEN       Buy Tickets
Language: Portugese
Runtime: 11:49
Category: Love
Screening Date: January 31, 2015

 Genesis 2:8. «And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed». In this story, João (Nuno Pardal) and Pedro (Pedro Sousa Loureiro) live in this garden. What João wants the most is for Pedro to be happy and the only way he found to make that happen is to support him in his escape with Sara (Sara Barros Leitão). On the other hand, Pedro learned how to love João and does not want to leave the garden. But one of them ate the forbidden fruit…

Fábio Freitas
Fábio Freitas
Ricardo Santos
Tânia Serafim
Key Cast
Nuno Pardal
Pedro Sousa Loureiro
Sara Barros Leitão
Filipe Pinto Silva
Video Editor
Ricardo Siopa
Audio Editor
António Porém Pires

The 21st Chromosome: Love: Grace Film Festival: Official Selection

The 21st Chromosome
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Category: Love
Screening Date: January 31, 2015

How do you tell the story of someone who's in your family but doesn't have a voice to say whether or not they want that story told? If you're filmmaker, Kirsten Johnson who has a younger sister with Down Syndrome, Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, you don't follow her around with a camera, in fact, you don't film her at all. Instead, you painstakingly hand-draw over a thousand drawings, you personally recreate distressing incidents from the past, you bring characters to life in imaginative scenarios that illuminate what's it's like to have someone in your life whose personal reality you can only begin to fathom.

A truly unique method of storytelling that explores a challenging subject matter with humour, empathy and depth.
Director: Kirsten Johnson
Kirsten Johnson comes to film via a strong background as a painter and performer. Her art work appears in private and public collections all over North America, Europe, Australia and Japan, including Montréal's prestigious Colart Collection which purchased 3 paintings from her Catfight series. Her work can be found in the collections of novelist Ann Marie-MacDonald, director Jeremy Podeswa, puppeteer Ronnie Burkett, comedy empresario Mark Breslin and many other of Canada's cultural elite. As an actor she has worked with such directors as Jeremy Podeswa, David Cronenberg and once was Ophelia in an 8 hour production of Hamlet staged by the infamous, Hillar Liitoja and his DNA Theatre. She is a founding member of the Harold Awards which have been celebrating Toronto’s alternative theatre scene for twenty years. She turned to filmmaking in a serious manner a couple of years ago as a way to fuse these different practices.

Whether making films, acting or painting she puts an emphasis on intellectual curiosity which she inherited from her philosophy professor father and emotional empathy and interest in the human which she inherited from her Psychiatric Nursing professor mom.
Director’s Statement
Originality is of huge importance to me as a filmmaker. Not for its own sake but because for me the process of film making is a process of discovery. It’s also heavily influenced by my multi-art career status. As both a painter and a theatre artist – I’ve acquired huge experience as a story teller. My film making benefits from these skills while still remaining relatively new and fresh. My films have a strong visual component and have an inventive, imaginative approach that seek to communicate outside of any existing template.
I seek to capture truth but believe the “Truth” can sometimes only be truly captured through metaphor. I want the audience to be engaged and I think the best way to accomplish this is to surprise and approach subjects in unexpected and various ways.
Overall, I want people to go on a joyous yet challening ride. I want people to be surprised that they’re having so much fun while thinking so deeply.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Haiku 4: Still: Grace Film Festival: Official Selection

Haiku 4: Still   Buy Tickets

Runtime: 6:25
Category: Faith
Screening Date: January 29, 2015

In his kitchen, overgrown with plants and vines, Teagran keeps his dead father. Tormented by dreams, he tries several rituals to bring him back to life. From weaving a beard out of vines, to hunting down a wolf, Teagran tries everything he can to rid himself of the nightmares he is having and resurrect his dead father.

Director: Lyle Pisio
Lyle Pisio is a Calgary based artist, musician and animator. A founding member of the free-improvisational bands ‘Street of Crocodiles’ and ‘tokyosexwhale’, Lyle has been making films and animation since 2000. His films have been screened worldwide in over 100 festivals and have received several awards for animation, music, and artistic design. His films include: The Unholy(2004), Another lost Soul (2006), Visages(2008), The Empress(2009), and Wrecking Ball(2010).

Dating Sucks: Love: Grace Film Festival: Official Selection

Dating Sucks: A Gender Queer Misadventure
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Category: Love
Screening Date: January 31, 2015

An animated documentary web-series about the successes, failures, and incredible confusion trying to date as a genderqueer/trans person.

Director: Sam Berliner
(from Curve Magazine)
Sam, who identifies as queer, trans and genderqueer, is a 31 year old East-Coast transplant living in the Bay Area. He got his MFA in Cinema last May 2013 from San Francisco State University and this series was born from his thesis film for school. He is also the Festival Director for Translations: the Seattle Transgender Film Festival.Right as he was finishing the film, Sam met his current boyfriend. Still, he says, “It was important for me to tell this story because I felt completely alone and isolated in my confusion about dating.”

DATING SUCKS: A GENDERQUEER MISADVENTURE is Sam’s astutely observed, sweetly narrated autobiographical story combining narration, animation, and live action filmmaking. It’s immediately compelling and amusing, and humanizes the vulnerability of the dating experience. In it we observe Sam coming to terms with his gender identity and sexual orientation,root for him as he sets out on a journey of self-discovery, and cheer him on as he learns about pomosexuality, explores the concept of “friends with benefits,” and tries on-line dating.

Sam states that his goal as a filmmaker is “to provide a positive voice for the trans, genderqueer, androgynous and gender-fluid folks not yet represented on screen, documenting our history, serving as a call to action to be recognized and respected by society at large, and forcing our culture to evolve. DATING SUCKS, while focusing on a sub-sub culture, is universally relatable because at its heart it is a search for love and oneself. By recognizing our similarities, my hope is that all people can find common ground for acceptance and understanding.”