Amanda Bluglass
Amanda Bluglass
Amanda Bluglass is a British director whose background in fine art and journalism make her work powerfully interwoven with strong visuals and driving narratives. A former BBC director, she has won over 30 awards for her documentary portraits and experimental films.
I met the group of people featured in OUT OF ORDER by chance, five years ago.

The prior year, the rules in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) had changed to allow lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people to be ordained. Before the change, a few out LGBTQ people had been ordained by presbyteries willing to defy the policy.

Two such pastors created an annual retreat to offer support to other LGBTQ applicants and help them navigate the ordination process. I thought the policy change would make the camp obsolete, but it was needed more than ever.

My journalistic instincts were piqued. I was able to attend one of the retreats, and in story after story, I heard that while the official policy had been reversed, attitudes within the pews of the church were slow to change.

I tried to put myself in the shoes of these aspiring clergy leaders. My central question was: Why would I be so keen to pursue a leadership role within a church that was reluctant to welcome me? What qualities would I need? Was it bravery? Was it a "call?" What is a "call?"

In the church, belief is based interpreting the teachings in the Bible, and change is built on belief. I found this story at a moment of tremendously complex culture change within the church and in American society more broadly. I couldn't pass up the chance to be a witness to it.

The film was a labor of love, driven by two successful crowd-funders and shotover two years in over eight states. Everyone who worked on the film, both cast and crew, is LGBTQ. I'm immensely proud of the ethos running through this project; rooted in sensitivity and insight, lending deep humanity to its subject.
Selected Filmography
Films In Festival
(USA, 2016, 60mins)
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