Daniel Karslake was a fundraising and development executive, raising money for organizations such as The Riverside Church in New York, City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute in Los Angeles, and the library system for University of Southern California where he attended the USC School of Cinema-Television. He graduated cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. in Public Policy Studies.
For six years, Daniel Karslake has been an award-winning producer for the highly acclaimed newsmagazine, "In the Life," which airs nationally on PBS in over 120 markets. Recognition for his outstanding work for the show, which has centered primarily on issues regarding religion and homosexuality, includes an Emmy nomination from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, as well as praise from GLAAD and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.
Daniel Karslake has long known about Bible passages that appear to condemn homosexuality. Soon after Karslake graduated from Duke and came out to his parents, his father read to him from the Bible, imploring his son to change his sexual orientation.
Now Karslake has made the Bible the centerpiece of his first documentary film, which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. For the Bible Tells Me So features five conservative Christian families whose gay loved ones cause them to examine their own faith. Religious leaders, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa and the Reverend Peter Gomes of Harvard University, offer perspectives on the often heated issue of biblical teaching and homosexuality.
Karslake once couldn't believe it either. During college, he prayed in Duke Chapel that the son his parents were so proud of could not be something that might shame them. His prayers were eventually answered in a different way, however. When he joined his partner in a commitment ceremony in the mid-'90s, his parents were there. By then, his mother had started a chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).
From 2001 to mid-2002, Karslake served as Supervising Producer for ITL, overseeing all aspects of production for the news magazine. In the fall of 2002, Karslake partnered with WNET in New York to produce the pilot for "What's Next With Andrew Shapiro" for PBS.
Daniel Karslake is also founding partner of The Atticus Group, Inc., a New York-based production company dedicated to reinventing traditional art forms and promoting discussion across a wide range of contemporary issues. The Atticus Group was represented on Broadway in 2003 by Baz Luhrmann's Tony Award-winning production of Puccini's La Boheme. Atticus also co-produced the innovative revival of Big River with the Roundabout Theatre Companyì.