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“Not A Tame Lion Roars with Purpose.”

Matt Brunson, Film Frenzy

“The broad sweep of one man’s journey to reveal the truth and, by doing so, help those who believed they were invisible.”

Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier

“Boswell was clearly an amazing human being and servant of reason, one who deserves to be lionized.”

Christopher Lloyd, The Film Yap

“A scrupulous and illuminating documentary about John Boswell, a distinguished Yale professor and an openly gay Christian.”

Andrew Stover, FILM THREAT

If the inspiration for the Da Vinci Code's Robert Langdon were drawn from a single living person, John Boswell would have been the one.  Boswell read and translated fourteen ancient and modern languages, became a Yale Professor by age thirty and was granted full access to the highly classified and restricted Vatican archives from which he researched four award winning books, making him a world-renowned expert in Medieval History and Linguistics.  John Boswell was also openly Gay without apology in an era that was neither tolerant nor accepting.

 

NOT A TAME LION offers first-hand accounts of Boswell’s closest friends, students, colleagues, and family members as they recount his life, his works, and his final days during which he feverishly worked to complete SAME SEX UNIONS IN MEDIEVAL EUROPE a book that changed the trajectory of the Marriage Equality debate, all while privately battling the debilitating effects of AIDS which led to his death on December 24th, 1994, at the age of forty-seven. 

  • Winner of the GRAND Prize Alternative Spirit Award (Documentary)

  • 40th RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Providence, RI, USA     

  • Winner of the Best Documentary Feature Film Award

  • 27th INDIE GATHERING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Cleveland, OH, USA,

 

  • Winner of the Director’s Choice Award

  • Winner of the Festival Favorite Award

  • 15th CINEMA DIVERSE PALM SPRINGS LGBTQ+ FILM FESTIVAL, Palm Springs CA, USA

 

  • Winner of the Best of Festival Award

  • 13th ARLINGTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Arlington, MA, USA                                                                                                              

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