1946 The Mistranslation That Shifted a Culture

1946 is a feature documentary film that will tell the story of two intrepid researchers, Kathy Baldock, a straight Christian LGBTQIA+ activist and author, and Ed Oxford, a gay Christian graduate of Talbot Seminary, who trace the origins of the anti-gay movement within the American conservative Christian church to an erroneous mistranslation of the Bible in 1946, and how the Bible has subsequently been weaponized against LGBTQIA+ people. While other documentaries have been successful in their attempt to treat the symptom of homophobia in the church, 1946 is working to diagnose and treat the disease - Biblical Literalism.

The film will chronicle Kathy and Ed’s research, as they traveled to Yale University in 2017 where they combed through the archives of the committee charged with creating a new translation of the Holy Bible in 1929. That new version of the Bible, called the Revised Standard Version (RSV), would become the first version of the Bible in any language to include the word “homosexual.”

The film captures the moment that Kathy and Ed found a letter from a then 21 year-old seminary student, “David S.,” who strongly challenged the team for their “serious weakness in translation.”

This letter and other correspondence between David S. and Dr. Weigle, the head of the translation team, profoundly moved the committee, and they ultimately agreed that the word “homosexual” had been a mistake.

Unfortunately the change would not take effect in the RSV-revised edition until 1971. In late 1959, Dr. Weigle signed a contract stating that he would not make any changes in the RSV for 10 years. During those 10 years, translation teams were working on the first New American Standard Bible, The Living Bible and the New International Version Bible. Each team used the 1946 RSV containing the mistranslated word "homosexual" as a main source text. Ultimately the RSV was responsible for the spread of the word, not only in the I Corinthians passage but in nine additional passages.

  • Sharon Marie Roggio
    Director
    GOOK
  • Jill Woodward
    Writer
    THIS IS PARIS, GET ME ROGER STONE
  • Jena Serbu
    Writer
    SMARTASS
  • Daniel Karslake
    Executive Producer
    FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO, FOR THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY DO
  • Sharon Roggio
    Producer
    GOOK
  • Jena Serbu
    Producer
    SMARTASS
  • Kathy Baldock
    Key Cast
    "self"
    author
  • Mary Lambert
    Composer
    SAME LOVE (song)
  • Collier Landry
    Cinematographer
    A MURDER IN MANSFIELD
  • Tyler Eichorst
    Cinematographer
    acowsay.com
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 31, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    719,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Sharon Marie Roggio

Sharon “Rocky” Roggio’s background includes large budget physical production on award winning shows and films such as House of Cards, Parks and Recreation, W/ithBob and David, Whip It and Red Dawn. In 2016, Roggio associate produced and production designed GOOK, a feature film that premiered at Sundance in 2017 and won the Audience Award in the Next Category. Roggio is currently a freelance producer and production designer in Los Angeles. She has been a member of three IATSE unions nationwide and has a bachelor’s degree in communications with a focus in Radio, Television and Film.

1946 will be Roggio’s directorial debut.

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Director Statement

“As a lesbian Christian, I have been navigating a religious environment that views me as “other,” “less than,” and “not equal,” for too long. These beliefs, held by many dear to my heart, have cast a dark, dangerous shadow over my life. After years of searching for my voice and calling, my path has led me here. It is my goal to change the Christian narrative and liberate the many LGBTQIA+ people living in the dark and oppressed by bad theology. I want us all to be acknowledged as equals, under God's love. There are truths that must be shared.
We are here to share those truths.”

- Sharon "Rocky" Roggio