The Gospel of Eureka (2019)

By The Miniplex (other events)

10 Dates Through Mar 30, 2019

Love, faith, and civil rights collide in a small southern town as evangelical Christians and drag queens step into the spotlight to dismantle stereotypes in this new documentary. The film takes 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... "The movie's vision of varieties of religious experience and celebrations of identity is matched by its fervent embrace of community in the shift from hatred to acceptance." - New Yorker

"Tells a story that matters, stepping boldly away from the popular narrative." - Eye For Film

"One of the more fascinating examinations of American religion and the meaning of faith in recent cinema. " - Unseen Films

"Uniquely attuned to the fickle whims of history, politics, and biographical circumstance." - Slant

"This cheerful small town portrait makes for an idealistic crowd-pleaser (after all, Eureka Springs is the rumored home of healing waters), but this beautiful, and beautifully shot, documentary is a cure for the angry headline blues." - Variety

"Brisk and propulsive, Mosher and Palmieri pace the film perfectly, getting across their point with economy and startling humanity." - Criterioncast

SUMMARY: Eureka Springs is an Arkansas town that's home to equal amounts queer pride and Christian piety. Among its attractions is the giant Christ of the Ozarks statue, which was to be the centerpiece of a religious theme park that never came to be, though an amphitheater was constructed where, to this day, a troupe of devout performers puts on The Great Passion Play. Nearby is Eureka Live Underground ("like a hillbilly Studio 54"), a dance and drag bar owned by a married gay couple who also happen to be devout Christians. This documentary takes a look at both of the Eureka Springs "scenes" in an artistic, eye-opening way. Not Rated, 75 mins.

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