Gospel of Eureka

Grand Jury Award ~ Documentary Feature
South by Southwest
Joyful, cheerful. A needed shot of all-American optimism. This beautiful, and beautifully shot, documentary is a cure for the angry headline blues.


The Gospel of Eureka

Welcome to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, a one-of-a-kind oasis in the Ozarks where Christian piety rubs shoulders with a thriving queer community. Narrated with homespun humor by Mx Justin Vivian Bond, 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 passion play and raucous drag show. The result is a joyously offbeat slice of Americana that breaks down the red-state-blue-state divide. – BAMcinemaFest

"An act of formal and spiritual resurrection. Radically redefines Christian performance through the lens of queer performance, Christian faith through the lens of queer experience." – Eric Hynes, Film Comment

“When the disco ball and the Star of Bethlehem are both signs of the divine... it’s hard not to respond with hope to The Gospel of Eureka.” – Amy Taubin, Artforum

“A most worthy scripture for our time.” – Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail

“Stellar. A miracle indeed.” – Keith Uhlich, The Hollywood Reporter
Not Rated
Documentary, Music, LGBT, Religion
Michael Palmieri
Mx Justin Vivian Bond (narrator)
Nominee, Grand Jury Award ~ Documentary Feature, South by Southwest
Richard Brody, New Yorker

The complex cultural mix and troubled history of the small town of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, are foregrounded in this sharply dramatic, intricately interwoven documentary by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher. The town’s main attraction is its half-century-old Passion Play, which was founded by the ...

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