- Fred Padula |
- 1965 |
- 24 minutes |
- B&W |
Rental Format(s): 16mm
Sunday night service at the Ephesian Church of God in Christ, Berkeley, California, where Elder Cleveland unwinds a roof-shaking, soul-quaking "Praise-God" sermon and Brother Hawkins and the choir (before they were the Edwin Hawkins Singers) lay down their nonstop gospel-rock holy-soul sound, with twin Hammond organs and a lot of help from everyone else, dancing, clapping, testifying and talking in tongues in one last Sunday night delirium of black America we may never see again. The church has since been torn down.
Awards: Harold Zellerbach Award, SF Int'l Film Festival; First Prize, Foothill College Independent Film Makers' Festival.
Exhibition: Robert Flaherty Film Seminar; Popli Ethnological Film Festival, Chicago; Tours Film Festival; Melbourne Film Festival; NY Film Festival.