TRUTH BE TOLD - new film on JWs previewing tomorrow night (Thursday) at Laemmle's in Los Angeles!

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  • Dogpatch

    Sept. 12th (tomorrow night) in Los Angeles right by the freeway - 405 and Santa Monica Blvd.

    I'll be there!

    Well the link is also here:


    Contact: Greg O’Connor
    (646) 530-8300
    [email protected]




    “If you do not serve Jehovah, you will die. Do you know anybody that does not serve Jehovah? Then let them know they will die.”
    -Excerpt from TRUTH BE TOLD

    NEW YORK, NY – August 20, 2013 - SMITHKRAFT PRODUCTIONS, LLC and Tugg, Inc. are excited to announce the Los Angeles, CA premiere of TRUTH BE TOLD. The screening will take place Thursday September 12, 2013 at Laemmle's Royal Theatre.

    Show begins at 7:30pm. A Q&A with director Gregorio Smith will follow the screening. The event will be hosted by actor, comedian and writer Jerry Minor and will include special guests.

    See event details and trailer here:

    The Los Angeles premiere is part of a west coast theatrical tour of the documentary facilitated through Tugg, Inc. (, a web-platform that enables individuals to choose the films that play in their local theaters and create their own theatrical events.

    Additional west coast screening dates include: San Francisco 9/5 San Diego 9/10 - Seattle 9/16 - Portland 9/17 -

    About the film

    TRUTH BE TOLD - a new feature-length documentary - lifts the veil on the seemingly benign Jehovah’s Witnesses religion to expose a profit-driven, isolationist culture characterized by fear, totalitarian corporate leadership, intellectual & spiritual intimidation, suspension of critical thinking, failed prophecies, doctrinal inconsistency and improper handling of physical and sexual abuse allegations within the church.

    See former Jehovah's Witnesses candidly discuss growing up inside the religion. They reveal experiences including the effects of proselytizing door-to-door, shunning nonobservant family and friends, suffering the discouragement of pursuing dreams like gaining a higher education, missing other societal holidays and customs. And more…

    Ultimately the film reveals why Jehovah's Witnesses have the lowest retention rate of any religion with only 37% of those raised as Jehovah's Witnesses continuing their affiliation with the religion.

    This exposé - the title of which refers to the Jehovah's Witnesses’ perception that their beliefs are 'the truth' - is the first feature-film directed by Gregorio Smith.

    Trailers, excerpts, production stills and other content are available on the official TRUTH
    BE TOLD website:

    Direct link to trailer:

    TRUTH BE TOLD on Facebook:


    About Jerry Minor

    Los Angeles-based JERRY MINOR is an actor, comedian and writer known for his
    comedic roles in numerous television programs such as Mr. Show, Saturday Night Live,
    Delocated, Brickleberry, Crossballs, Carpoolers, and Lucky Louie.

    Minor grew up as a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses religion where he endured a
    number of maltreatments including physical, psychological and spiritual abuse. After
    rejecting his Jehovah's Witness upbringing Minor was shunned by his family and former

    Venue info:

    Laemmle's Royal Theatre
    11523 Santa Monica Blvd
    W. Los Angeles, CA, 90025

    About the Filmmaker

    Gregorio Smith is an independent filmmaker and writer. His work has been featured in
    the Staten Island Film Festival, Anthology Film Archive, Dallas Video and Film Festival,
    Denver Underground Film Festival, Bowery Poetry Club and other forums. His work has
    also been covered by The New York Times, Boston Globe and other media outlets.
    He is a graduate of Baruch College and a member of the International Documentary

    Gregorio Smith was born and raised a Jehovah’s Witness. He describes TRUTH BE TOLD as ‘immersive, informational, expository and controversial …an honest glimpse into the culture of growing up in the Jehovah’s Witness religion.”

    TRUTH BE TOLD is the director’s sixth film and first feature.

    SMITHKRAFT PRODUCTIONS, LLC - an independent multimedia production company - was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. The company creates independent films, commercial digital media, and original web-based content.




    Randall Watters or

    (old site)

  • rawe

    Hi Randall,

    This film is also coming to Phoenix, where I live.

    So far they've sold 34 tickets. They need to sell another 15 in the next 18 hours for the event to go forward. I hope it does, and am looking forward to seeing it.



    ps. I have visited your FreeMinds website on and off over several years. Thank you for all your hard work!

  • Dogpatch

    Thanks Rawe!

    I am on a 6-month sabbatical from most of my work to get my health in top shape, and new bloggers, videographers and LICENSED SECULAR therapists will be blogging almost daily in a few weeks or so, hopefully.

    I interview them in person or by Skype with video or Teamviewer, get their recommendations from ICSA or others, try them out to avoid the quacks and wannabees, and then offer them blogspace, and they can provide links to their office or website. No money exchanges likely. NO WAY will I let someone who has been in a cult and got out, but not had recovery therapy join these bloggers! JWs who leave almost never get exit-couseling, and thus you see what idiots sometimes troll sites like this. They might as well have stayed in the kingdom hall. (We WILL have other bloggers as well, I am talking about those who offer PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE on a secular level).

    And it will not be about DOCTRINE . Every alpha-male ex-JW seems to want to write about doctrine and the WT as if they are still in it. Books only help a person a short distance, and deal with too much ridiculous speculation. Then the ex-JW loses heart, loses their job and friends, and dies dejected and almost wish they'd never left. Can't blame them!

    All of my doctrine days and exit-counseling sertious stuff is still on, with the same articles from pre-2010.

    Bloggers I choose carefully will have to put up the blog themselves in Wordpress (I will NOT be doing ANY work for them). but I will screen them carefully for just what I want on the site. We may end up being the only JW-related site that offers links to REAL HELP NOW for JWS leaving. All the rest just love to write about doctrine, imaginary sky-daddies and super wonder daddies who are invisible... and the devil. Baloney!! Screw the devil.

    We will tackle all the questions and controversies no one else dares to... and IMPROMPTU.

    Also much more humor, and other cults, too. (You need a rounded education).

    Guess what?

    No one joins a cult because of their doctrine! Totally idiotic. The reasons are way more primal in nature. So we may be unique, or at least much like I know a lot of former high-level cult leaders, going back as far as Jonestown, David Koresh and others. I was part of the Cult Awareness Network when Scientology bankrupted them, and know people who worked on the Sea Org.

    Steven Hassan (former Moonie leader) was my tutor in much of this. He didn't realize JWs were a cult until I met him in Berkeley at a CAN conference.

    I am not paid anymore. I am on Disability, likely permanent. I will have fun offending some people and making others laugh. But we will have one paid employee, my Secretary. I can't do typing due to my Dupuytren's Contracture returning from working 12 hours a day hunting and pecking.

    Most interesting, we will have video guests that are not allowed to use notes or control the conversation. Impromptu. Most by Teamviewer or Skype, and then onto my Youtube site.

    Greg Stafford and others may be uncomfortable with that, because they have no idea what questions I will ask them. :-)) (He agreed to an interview but wanted to prepare carefully.) Sorry, Greg, no guests like that. Maybe one sheet of shorthand notes. The final will be a gas! Hot air from me and many others! And very little doctrine, except from an archeological viewpoint :-)) Just good, primal fun.


    Reinvent Yourself!

  • 3rdgen

    I just googled Jerry Minor. He has a great body of work. I didn't know he was a performer and writer on SNL. There is a link to his performance on Bill Mahr's show where he becomes the character L. Witherspoon. Absolutely had me in stiches. I hope there is a big crowd for this movie tomorrow. I wish i could be there!

  • Dagney

    I plan on going.

    See you Randy. xx

  • Dagney


  • Dogpatch

    hi Dagney, we need at least a dozen more to avoid problems... come on y'all, get tickets in advance if you can come, y'all! A lot of work has gone into this.


  • Dagney

    Has it been posted on other exJW sites?

  • Dagney


  • Dogpatch

    I just called the theatre and they are still on, so no worries. you can buy your tickets there if you like.


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