Fall From Grace

Last Sunday, dentist I hung out with a great friend of mine, Ryan Jones, who was passing through town. Ryan is a recent graduate of KU who’s career in film is taking off with his recent documentary, “Fall From Grace”.

From the website for the movie:

Fall From Grace is the first in-depth documentary feature film to focus on Pastor Fred Phelps and his hate group, and features unprecedented access, interviews with Pastor Phelps and other members of the Westboro Baptist Church. Fall From Grace also includes interviews with the myriad of dissenters: Topeka leaders and officials, ministers, theologians, and two of Pastor Phelps’s adult children who have chosen to leave the church and their family.

The documentary is excellent and gives a very even-handed look at a controversial subject, especially in the state of Kansas. This hate group has given Kansas, and the city of Topeka, a bad reputation nationally and internationally. Ryan spent almost two years with them filming and interviewing both at home and in public and his results are really amazing. So amazing, in fact, that the Showtime channel will be premiering it in December of this year. AND, to coincide with that, Ryan will be featured on the evening news show “20/20” in the days prior to the premier. He’ll be relocating to New York City in the next few weeks to work on some amazing things, so good luck, Ryan!

For more reading, check out:

The Official Movie site

View the Trailer

Lawrence.com article on Ryan

Ryan Jones

This is a publicity photo I shot for Ryan. Despite looking quite serious here, Ryan is a really funny and friendly guy.

Phelps picket

(This photo is a still from the film.)