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The Gospel of Eureka
Directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher • 2018 • United States
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 explores how 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 showstopping mash-up of a spectacular passion play and raucous drag show. The result is a joyously offbeat slice of Americana that complicates and breaks down the red-state/blue-state divide.