This is part of QDoc 2018
In THE GOSPEL OF EUREKA, love, faith and civil rights
collide in a southern town as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into
the spotlight to dismantle stereotypes. Portland documentary all-stars Donal
Mosher and Michael Palmieri take a personal and often comical look at
negotiating differences between religion and belief through performance,
political action, and partnership. Gospel drag shows and passion plays set the
stage for one hell of a show.
Eureka Springs, Arkansas, is the home of the Christ of the Ozarks statue, commissioned in 1966 by the far-right, anti-Semitic American clergyman Gerald L.K. Smith, and the host to the Great Passion Play, a recounting of the persecution, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It’s also the home to Eureka Live Underground, a drag and dance bar run by a pair of flamboyant and Christian gay men. Rather than pit these communities against each other, Mosher and Palmieri explore the complex and surprising relationships that emerge, and approach all their subjects with curiosity and a stylishness that eschews convention.
Directors Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri in attendance.
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