The Gospel of Eureka

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Title: The Gospel of Eureka
Direction: Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher
Cast: Mx Justin Vivian Bond
Production: Whisbone Films
Distribution: Cinetic Media
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 75’
Country: USA
Year: 2018

Festivals: Ashland (USA, independent cinema), Austin (SXSW), Birmingham (Sidewalk, USA), Camden, Cork, Dallas (Oak Cliff), Goteborg, Hot Springs (documentaries), Key West, London (BFI Flare, LGBT), Los Angeles, (OutFest, LGBT), Memphis, Montreal (documentaries), Nashville, New Orleans, New York (RoofTop), Oxford, Portland (documentaries), Peterborough (Canada, documentaries), Prizren (Kosovo, documentaries), Provincetown, San Francisco (Frameline, LGBT), Sheffield, Sydney (Antenna, documentaries), Wrocław (Poland, American cinema)

First showing in Spain

Welcome to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, a one-of-a-kind oasis in the Ozarks Mountains where Christian piety rubs shoulders with a thriving queer community. Eureka Springs is home to two recurring spectacles: passion plays and drag shows. This lushly photographed documentary spotlights the space where the town’s seemingly contradictory factions intersect: Lee and Walter, out and proud husband-owners of a local gay bar they liken to a “hillbilly Studio 54,” talk about their deep-seated faith; a Christian t-shirt designer describes his love for his gay father; and everything comes together in a show-stopping mash-up of a spectacular 4,000-seat passion play and raucous drag show, just as the town prepares for a historic vote on an anti-discrimination ordinance. The result is a joyously offbeat slice of Americana that breaks down the red-state-blue-state divide.