Awards & Press

Emotionally powerful and ultimately uplifting... Director Scott Sheppard presents a lovely portrait of a family and sensitively explores the concerns of a mainstream church struggling to deal with cultural shifts. It’s compelling from beginning to end.
— San Francisco Chronicle
This articulate film, written and directed by Scott Sheppard, provides an inspiring portrait of a man who unexpectedly became an activist, and his many supporters.
— Out Front Colorado
Astonishingly powerful
— Lansing City Pulse


  • Audience Favorite, Silver - 2015 Mill Valley Film Festival
  • Best in the Fest - 2016 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
  • Audience Choice Award - 2016 Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival
  • Audience Award: Best Documentary - 2016 Out Film CT: Connecticut LGBT Film Festival
  • Jury Award: Best Documentary - 2016 Outflix Film Festival
  • Audience Choice Award - 2016 Cinema Diverse: The Palm Springs LGBTQ Film Festival
  • Runner Up: Jury Award, Best Documentary - 2016 Out On Film: Atlanta's LGBTQ Film Festival
  • Audience Award Winner - 2016 Thessaloniki International LGBTQ Film Festival, Greece
  • + Screenings at 17 more film festivals

Press Coverage

"Gay Marriage Gets Blessing from Defrocked Pastor in New Movie 'An Act of Love'" The Wrap

"'An Act of Love' Tells Story of United Methodist Minister Frank Schaefer" Huffington Post

"'An Act of Love': A Documentary Inspired by Rev. Frank Schaefer Believe Out Loud 

"Film Acquisition Rundown" IndieWire

Film Clip: "This Minister Defied His Church to Perform His Son's Wedding" The Advocate

planes, Trains & Autorickshaws

Other Awards

SURVIVING GRANDPOP (2007) | Short Film | Writer, Director, Producer, Editor

  • Award Winner - 2007 Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts
  • Best Student Film Nominee - 2007 Everglades International Film Festival: Dargle, South Africa

THE CHIPPING (2006) | Short Film | Writer, Director, Editor

  • Honors - 2006 Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts
  • Best 400 Level Film - 2006 Grand Valley State University Student Showcase

ALLERGIC ATTRACTION (2006) | Short Film | Writer, Director, Editor

  • Honorable Mention, Post High School - 2006 Reel Thing Film Festival

A FALL FAREWELL (2005) | Short Film | Director, Editor

  • 2nd Place, Post High School - 2005 Reel Thing Film Festival

Scott filming in an autorickshaw in India