Julia Sweeney talks God

The Seattle International Film Festival presents the World Premiere of Julia Sweeney’s Letting Go of God, the film of her one-woman-show, in its closing weekend. The director/writer/star, a Washington native, comes to town to present the film (and visit friends and family while she’s  here). I spoke with her by phone a few days ago about the show and the experiences that inspired it for a short interview in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

On her journey:

It’s a crisis of faith and a spiritual journey that ends up letting go of the idea of God. Once people see it, I think they realize that I take the topic seriously. I might not come to the same conclusion as them, but it’s not like I don’t respect their point of view.

On her critics:

Mostly it’s people who haven’t seen it. I could be wrong, but I really don’t know anyone who saw it and was still upset with me about it. There probably are people who are offended by it, but I haven’t talked to them directly.

On her “deconversion”:

When people are upset with me, they want to call it a conversion. They say, “You’ve been converted by science.” I think it’s deconversion. It isn’t really leaving religion for science. It’s just a way of looking at the world that takes evidence seriously.

Read the full interview here.

I review the film on GreenCine here.

Author: seanax

I write the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website (www.streamondemandathome.com). I'm a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, Keyframe, Independent Lens, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View (www.parallax-view.org).. I've written for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Seattle Weekly, GreenCine.com, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, and Psychotronic Video, among other publications, and I am a contributing editor to Parallax View. I currently live and work in Seattle, Washington, with my two cats, Hammet and Chandler.

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