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Hoover Street Revival

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Synopsis

This unique and innovative film takes as its subject life, death and the Word of God as experienced around Greater Bethany Community Church, in the notorious urban community of South Central Los Angeles.

Structured from Christmas to Easter, Hoover Street Revival weaves Bishop Noel Jones' electrifying sermons into a passionate and eloquent thematic narrative. The ecstatic church event and its vivacious gospel, plays against the world outside the church. Intimate, comic, mundane, tragic and revealing moments form a kaleidoscope portrait transforming this 'ghetto' into a microcosm of the contemporary world. Through Fiennes' visual language and sensitive focus everyday life constantly echoes and responds to Jones' inspired sermons, deliberately raising questions for which the audience must seek the answers for themselves.

Music plays a key role, creating a visceral experience of the supernatural relationship between music and praise that is so particular to the Pentecostal church. In addition to mesmerising gospel sequences and music heard, played or sung in the background of documentary materials, the film pays subtle homage to the musical talent historically nurtured in the gospel choirs of African American churches across America. Jones' own sister is diva Grace Jones.

Details

Year
2003
Type of film
Features
Running Time
100 mins
Format
35mm
Director
Sophie Fiennes
Producer
Pierre Olivier Bardet
Executive Producer
Kees Kasander
Editor
Brian Tagg
Sound
Brian Tagg
Music
Various

Production Company

Amoeba Film Ltd/Film Council/Ideale Audience c/o Metro Tartan

Sales
Company

Metro Tartan Distribution
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London W1D 6PB
UK

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