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‘At the End of the Day’ comedy drama explores tensions with queer community, evangelical Christians

In the comedy-drama “At the End of the Day,” an evangelical Christian counselor goes undercover at an LGBTQ support group to land his dream job. Eventually, he is forced to re-examine his beliefs and learns that life and love are not as black and white as he first thought.

“At the End of the Day” will have its world premiere Saturday at Dances With Films at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

OUTSIDE HIS RELIGIOUS BUBBLE

The film was written and directed by Kevin O’Brien, who went through a similar emotional journey. O’Brien and his wife, Teresa, produced the film.

“I was taught that we had exclusivity to the truth, and the best way to love the rest of the world was to tell them our ‘truth,’ ” O’Brien said in a statement. “Specifically, we were taught that ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ was the loving approach to the LGBTQ community.”

When O’Brien began to grow and live outside his religious bubble, he quickly learned the community he had been taught to approach with caution and pitty was full of love, compassion, and life.

At the End of the Day

In the comedy-drama “At the End of the Day,” an evangelical Christian counselor goes undercover at an LGBTQ support group to land his dream job. Eventually, he is forced to re-examine his beliefs and learns that life and love are not as black and white as he first thought.

STORYLINE

“At the End of the Day” follows 32-year-old Dave Hopper, who, after losing his wife and counseling practice, throws himself into his part-time professorship at his alma mater, a Christian college.

Hoover’s ambitious dean is eager to expand the college, but his plans hit a road bump when he learns the land he wants to develop has been promised to a gay support group, which has plans to turn the property into a homeless teen shelter.

In an effort to sabotage the group’s fundraising efforts, the dean offers Dave his dream job — if he infiltrates the group and stops them from getting the money to buy the property.

‘HUG TO THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY’

For O’Brien, the film is way to show others the harm of his previous worldview.

As my faith and views changed, I was compelled to create my first film about the tensions between the church and the LGBTQ communities,” O’Brien said. “I felt an obligation to call out the misinformation that is taught in many churches at the same time I offer a hug to the LGBTQ community, specifically to those youth who have faced religious rejection.”

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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