Pray Away tells the story of the history and continuation of the reparative therapy or “pray the gay away” movement.
About the Filmmakers
Kristine Stolakis is a BAFTA-nominated documentary director and producer. Her directorial debut short WHERE WE STAND (2016), tells the story of Mormon feminists fighting for women’s rights inside their church. It was released by The Atlantic, nominated for a BAFTA, and is currently a Vimeo Staff Pick. Stolakis is also the producer of ATTLA (2018), a feature documentary on legendary Alaska Native dogsled racer George Attla. ATTLA is a co-production of her company Paper Bridge Films and ITVS. Her films have played internationally at Hot Docs, Doc NYC, the United Nations Association Film Festival, the Frontline Club of London, and Outfest among others; been covered by Ms. Magazine, Buzzfeed, and Broadly; and played at the National Gallery of Art and on Alaska Airlines. She has also directed and filmed video content for The New Yorker and Yahoo News. She is currently a lecturer at Stanford University and University of San Francisco, and is the Director of Professional Workshops for the San Francisco chapter of the Video Consortium, an international non-profit community organization of video journalists. She holds an M.F.A. in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from New York University. She proudly hails from central New York and North Carolina. PRAY AWAY is her first feature as director.
Jessica Devaney is a Brooklyn-based producer and the founder of Multitude Films. Recent films include THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED (Tribeca 2018) and ROLL RED ROLL (Tribeca 2018). She also produced the Critic’s Choice nominated SPEED SISTERS (Hot Docs, 2015), which the New York Times called “subtly rebellious and defiantly optimistic” and OUT AGAIN (Outfest 2017) for Refinery29’s Shatterbox Anthology. Jessica’s directorial debut short, LOVE THE SINNER (Tribeca 2017), screened at over 20 festivals and was supported by Sundance, The Harnisch Foundation, Fork Films, The Fledgling Fund, and Chicken & Egg Pictures. Additional credits include CALL HER GANDA (Tribeca 2018), NAILA & THE UPRISING (IDFA 2017), Peabody Award-winning MY NEIGHBOURHOOD (Tribeca 2012), Ridenhour Prize-winning BUDRUS (Berlin, Tribeca 2010). Jessica co-founded the Queer Producers Collective, produced Doc Society’s inaugural Queer Impact Producers Lab, and was Sundance Edit and Story Lab Fellow and a Women at Sundance Fellow.