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.