I am Michael

Best First Feature Award
Berlin International Film Festival
A competent feature debut - elegantly filmed and paced to keep viewers with Franco on an improbable ride.


I am Michael

I AM MICHAEL is the incredible true-life story of Michael Glatze (James Franco), a high profile queer youth activist who created a national controversy when he claimed to no longer be gay and became a straight Christian pastor. The film follows Michael from his life in San Francisco with his boyfriend Bennett (Zachary Quinto), where he pursues political activism, a journalism career at XY Magazine, social awareness, and sexual exploration, to his days of personal self-discovery. After a traumatic scare, Michael is plagued by doubt and paranoia, and begins a religious reawakening. Michael renounces his gay lifestyle, rejects his friends, and endeavors to find his “true self.” He explores Buddhism and Mormonism, yet ultimately lands at a Christian Bible school in rural Wyoming where he meets his girlfriend, Rebekah (Emma Roberts), and becomes the pastor of his own church. This powerful new film captures one man’s haunting journey through modern concepts of love, denial and redemption.

Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Frameline Film Festival, Provincetown International Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival
Not Rated
Bio-pic, Drama, LGBT
Justin Kelly
James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts, Daryl Hannah, Lesley Ann Warren
Nominee, Best First Feature Award, Berlin International Film Festival
Eric Kohn, indieWIRE

There are two ways of seeing "I Am Michael," the provocative first feature from director Justin Kelly: It’s either a tragic portrait of former gay rights activist Michael Glatze, who renounced his homosexuality in 2007 and eventually denounced it as a sin, or it’s a stirring look at a conflicted man ...

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