A film about ritual, performance, indoctrination, faith and ecstasy as survival in the South Bronx. Filmed at Christian Church John 3:16, Westchester Avenue, Bronx, NY.
Camera: DeeDee Halleck, Babette Mangolte, Richard Serra, Stuart Math, Jane Warrenbrand
Sound: Ted Glass, David Behrman, Liza Bear, Michael Jacobsohn
Lighting: Stuart Math, Roger Dean
Editing: DeeDee Halleck
Music: Congregation of Christian Church John 3:16
Translations: Jorge Drosten de Rivera
Producers: DeeDee Halleck, Carlota Schoolman, Richard Serra
Made with the assistance of Grants from Creative Artists' Public Service Program, New York State Council on the Arts; The National Endowment on the Arts; Media Equipment Resource Center.
A Production of the Kitchen Center for Video and Dance
"An authentic expression of ethnography as art and art as ethnography."
Stanley Diamond, Editor, Dialectical Anthropology
"…the implicit social and psychological functions of religious behavior are dramatically revealed through the camera…"
Malcolm Arth, Curator, American Museum of Natural History
"An astonishing film from an astringently gifted filmmaker."
Herman Weinberg, Film Critic and Historian
"..the baptismal ritual is celebrated to the flock in the guise of a giant living TV show."
Ruby Rick, Chicago Reader
"The mystical blend of faith and superstition is evoked with powerful images in this beautiful film."
Gabriel Garcia, Aqui, WCVB-TV, Boston
"An extraordinary excursion into the extremes of religious experience."
Joel Kovel, Author, History and Spirit
Willow, NY 12495