First Run books 'Bible' docu for N. America


NEW YORK -- First Run Features has picked up all North American rights to the documentary "For the Bible Tells Me So," which features interviews with Bishop Desmond Tutu, politician Dick Gephardt and his family on reconciling homosexuality with religious beliefs.

Daniel Karslake's first feature, which premiered at January's Sundance Film Festival, examines biblical scriptures and takes a critical look at how organized religion has interpreted them to discriminate against gay people. Other people interviewed in the docu include Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, one of several subjects who attempt to explain how the Bible is compatible with homosexuality.

First Run plans a platform theatrical release for "Bible" beginning in October. The film was produced by Karslake, co-producer/editor Nancy Kennedy, co-producer Helen Mendoza and executive producers Michael Huffington, Bruce Bastian, Robin Voss, Robert Greenbaum and Keith Lewis.

First Run vp Marc Mauceri negotiated the deal with Cinetic Media.