Preview:  Film and Discussion: “Prayers for Bobby”

Preview: Film and Discussion: “Prayers for Bobby”


A screening and discussion of the film “Prayers For Bobby” will be held in Room 114 of Sears Hall on Monday, Feb. 9 from 7-9 p.m. Religious & Spiritual Life and the Pride Resource Center co-sponsored this event. The event is considered “a safe place for discussion and dialogue on the intersection of spirituality and sexuality,” reports Pacific’s website.

“Prayers for Bobby,” directed by Russell Mulcahy, is based on the 1995 book of the same title by Leroy Aarons, informs Rotten Tomatoes. The film stars Sigourney Weaver as Mary Griffith, the mother of Bobby Griffith, who is played by Ryan Kelley.

“’Prayers for Bobby’ is the amazing true story of a mother torn between her loyalties, challenged by her faith, and moved by a tragedy that would change her life, and the lives of others, forever,” reports Pacific’s website.

The film was nominated for two 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards. Weaver’s performance snagged her a nomination at the 2010 Golden Globes, reveals IMDb.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation recognized “Prayers for Bobby” in 2010 for being an outstanding TV movie or mini-series at their annual awards ceremony. It also won the Prism Award in 2010 for best TV movie or mini-series. The film’s average rating by users on Rotten Tomatoes is 4.2 out of 5.

Emmy-nominated executive producers Daniel Sladek, Chris Taaffe and David Permut, reports Huffington Post, “spent 13 years championing the project until finally succeeding at Lifetime.”

The film can now be purchased on DVD.

Admission to this event is free. “Prayers for Bobby” is 90 minutes, reports IMDb, and rated PG.

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Nicole Felkins

Editor In Chief at The Pacifican