Pray Away

Documentary Competition

World Premiere



Documentary, LGBTQIA

This unflinching documentary takes the viewer inside the history—and the legacy—of the “pray the gay away” movement. Former leaders from Exodus, the foremost gay conversion institution, contend with the impossible question of how to make reparations for the damage their misguided ideas have inflicted upon the LGBTQ+ community. Meanwhile, one survivor, still reeling from the aftermath of more than a decade of trauma, takes the painful steps towards healing and acceptance. As these individuals share intimate testimonies, we hear their powerful first-hand accounts of the transformations during which each of them came to terms with their identities.

In her urgent directorial debut, Kristine Stolakis expands on her award-winning short-form work to continue to wrestle with the themes of politics, prejudice, and power. Revealing the intricate ecosystem of Exodus through the eyes of people who saw it from the inside, we witness the scale of the organization, the cutthroat economy it operated within, and its masterful manipulation of faith. Though its doors closed in 2013, the carnage of broken people it left behind and the litter of other similar groups that have spawned in its wake are evidence of the horrors that the human race is capable of when we repress who we are.—Lucy Mukerjee


Directed by Kristine Stolakis

Kristine Stolakis is a director whose films intimately examine how power, politics, and prejudice unfold in real peoples’ lives. Her debut feature Pray Away, produced by Multitude Films, takes viewers inside the “pray the gay away” movement. She hails from North Carolina and central New York.

Kristine Stolakis
Jessica Devaney, Anya Rous, Kristine Stolakis
Melissa Langer
Carla Gutierrez
Laura Karpman, Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum
Executive Producer
Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, Mary Amanda Spain, Daniel Chalfen, Jim Butterworth, Katy Drake Bettner, Johnny Symons, Julie Parker Benello, Patty Quillin, Nion McEvoy, Leslie Berriman, David Lee
Associate Producer
Colleen Cassingham, Paulette Marte, Ryan White
Lisa Valencia-Svensson
Add'l Credit 1
Nion McEvoy, Leslie Berriman, David Lee, Janet Tittiger
Co-Executive Producer
Janet Tittiger
Archival Producer
Erin Chisholm
Add'l Credit 2
Erin Chisholm


Press Contact
Susan Norget
Susan Norget Film Promotion
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212 431 0090
International Sales Contact
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Multitude Films
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: 561 373 4701
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Multitude Films
Brooklyn, NY 11238
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Cinetic Media
New York, NY 10001
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Press Contact
Jessica Devaney
Multitude Films
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: 561 373 4701