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Jesus Needs New PR

Me at Cannes Film Festival?!

A little more than two years ago, I received this email. It came from my friend Aaron whose film company directed and produced my book trailer for What You Didn’t Learn From Your Parents About Sex.

Hello Aaron. I’m trying to get in touch with Matthew Paul Turner.

I saw his you tube video about Christian sex education and I would love to speak to him about possibly doing an interview for my documentary.


My name is Cassie Jaye, and I am the President of Jaye Bird Productions based out of Hollywood, Ca. Our first feature length film will be a documentary about the “Silver Ring Thing” movement and sex eduction to our teens.

I agreed to do the interview. When we met, I thought Cassie was a great interviewer, extremely professional, and only 21. Her film crew consisted of her mom and her sister. It was a fun experience, but honestly, I didn’t think it would end up being much of anything.

I was very wrong.

Two and a half years later, Cassie’s documentary–now called Daddy I Do–has taken on a life of its own. Currently, the doc is showing at Film Festivals.


In San Diego, it won Best Documentary. At the Bare Bones film festival in Oklahoma, it was nominated for Best Documentary… and now it’s going to Cannes Film Festival in France.

Wow. I’m in the trailer!


I haven’t seen the film yet. But reviews from those who have seen it are amazing…

“This documentary had an exceptional quality; it did not allow the film maker’s perspective on this contentious issue to dominate or even raise its head until the very end (and I won’t spoil that for you). For the first half of the movie, every time one of the advocates for one side or the other of this issue (abstinence only, sex education) was presenting their case I would think she was on “their side”. Then I realized that she was simply allowing all of these people to present their best case and she honored the nature of debate, which SHOULD be present in all documentaries about controversial topics. Until I saw this film, I didn’t realize how incredibly rare it is in contemporary documentary films. I certainly haven’t seen them all, but I have seen over 300 feature length docs in the past two years. I can not recall another one that came across as this balanced, a stunning achievement. I’m not sure if this was where director Cassie Jaye intended to focus her career energy, but she does have an exciting future as a documentary film maker.”


– Ramsey, Rat City Film Society, Seattle, Washington

Read a few more here.

So yeah, my “face” will be making its debut at the Cannes Film Festival! My name is even listed at The Internet Movie Database.

God only knows what I said. Especially since, in true “Hollywood” form, I was high on Oxycotin at the time (<-I’d just gotten my wisdom teeth taken out the day before.)

Crazy stuff. My mother would be proud… if only she was familiar with Cannes Film Festival.

I’m very excited for Cassie. Her dream of getting this film noticed is beginning to take shape. And she’s only 23. Amazing.

Wish I could afford to go to France!

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posted April 13, 2010 at 9:02 am

Least they can do is fly you in for it.

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Arni Zachariassen

posted April 13, 2010 at 9:26 am

Wow, looks great, Matthew! I’m doing some film screenings at my church this summer. This film would make a very interesting night!

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posted April 13, 2010 at 11:38 am

mpt…..let me know how best to reach you directly. maybe Jesus wants me (and a few others of us) to help you get to France for this. seriously. no question there’s pretty powerful stuff here. i always know that when i get TIME (Tears In My Eyes) watching something and i’m not even sure why. ~sT

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posted April 13, 2010 at 11:39 am

p.s. oxycontin is pretty cool stuff, but it doesn’t hold a candle to crystal meth….i did NOT just write that. the devil made me do it. ~sT

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Jamie the Very Worst Missionary

posted April 13, 2010 at 11:49 am

i REALLY want to see this film. Preferably in Cannes.

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some chick

posted April 13, 2010 at 2:46 pm

That expression on your face after the “purity balls” comment? I almost died.

I am so excited about this I think I just peed a little.

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posted April 13, 2010 at 4:53 pm

If they ever make it so we could watch it let us know! I would love to see it. That topic does interest me on so many levels! I had a silver ring that didn’t last too long!

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posted April 13, 2010 at 5:29 pm

So awesome that you’re in this. This whole topic of purity balls (as you said, who came up with that name?) is so disturbing on so many levels. I’ve written about it in the past on my own blog and still, I shudder. I would love to see this documentary. It sounds like it belongs right up there with “Jesus Camp”!

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Michael Van Hal

posted April 13, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I laughed so hard at your purity balls comment, and the fact that it made the trailer.

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Aaron Reddin

posted April 14, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Dude, you said BALLS!! Bahahaha!!! That was the funniest freakin’ thing I’ve ever seen!

Everyone is so passionate and serious about their stance, and then here comes MPT with BALLS!! Bahaha!!!

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