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Gospel of Eureka (The)

Country: USA, Language: English, 75 mins

  • Director: Michael Palmieri; Donal Mosher
  • Writer: Donal Mosher
  • Producer: Charlotte Cook

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When a single edit in a film - especially a documentary - takes - quite literally - your breath away, you realise you are watching something very special indeed.

Special...for so many reasons. The artistry shown by the filmmakers, too rare in documentaries. The composition...it glides from the ridiculous to the even more ridiculous and is punctuated with tearful testimony, torrid theatre and the downright absurd...how can it not be absurd?!? Eureka, the town of...overseen by a giant, white-washed statue of Christ and overrun with bible-bashers, drag queens and bikers. And yet, they all get along just fine...who would have 'thunk' it!

Modernity and social media have so much to answer for...the decline of christian extravagance, the moratorium on gay bars...both [big] businesses, both struggling with faith and profit.

An oceanic amphitheatre...with a mere puddle for an audience. A drag queen performing - heart and soul - to a disinterested few...times, in Eureka, have changed and are still a-changin' - from its homophobic, anti-semitic, hateful past...into a town of tolerance and acceptance.

The witch that is - Anita Bryant - even tried to make a comeback in this here town...doomed. Christ [just like the town's statute] turned his back on this unholy woman. There's comedy and there's emotion...the devoted trans*woman, sitting in the rain with her husband, a little tipsy on the religious fervour spewing from the stage...poignancy in the rain!

Lee Keating and Walter Burrell talk of their [joint] histories and faith...then, there's that edit!

Silence. A pin could drop and it would sound like thunder. Time to take stock, gather those emotions. To Hell with it...let the flood-gates open...tears flow like there's no tomorrow.

The Gospel of Eureka...inspired and inspiring. Thank you for this film.


Trailer...

The(ir) Blurb...

Love, faith, and civil rights collide in a southern town as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight to dismantle stereotypes and explore the meaning of belief. Gospel drag shows and passion plays set the stage for one hell of a show.

Cast & Characters

Mx Justin Vivian Bond as Himself - Narrator