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SXSW 2019: Director Karen Maine Takes on Religion and Sexuality in ‘Yes, God, Yes'

Posted On: Mar 15, 2019   |   Posted By: WWD

After cowriting the 2014 film “Obvious Child” with the intention of challenging the stigma around depictions of abortion in film, Karen Maine tackled another seemingly taboo subject: female sexuality and religion. The script hits particularly close to home for Maine; her film “Yes, God, Yes” is rooted in her childhood experiences. The film's main character goes on a religious retreat in reaction to discovering her own sexuality via an AOL chatroom.
“I knew I wanted to tell a story about growing up Catholic and going on this retreat that the character goes on,” she says of the film. “A lot of people have come up to me at the screenings and been like, ‘I've been on that retreat,' which I think is fascinating. I think it's just going to get even bigger once the film goes out wider.”
After completing the script, Maine was encouraged to direct the very personal project herself. She adapted the screenplay into a short, which she shot as a proof of concept for the full-length feature, which stars 22-year-old actor...

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