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The Household of Faith



My longtime interests have driven me to seek out displaced groups who still practice the old traditions from back home  — especially religion and music. As a film student smack dab in the middle of Iowa, I was pleasantly surprised to find the lively Misssionary Baptist Church in Cedar Rapids, with its charismatic leader, Reverend Webb.

This was my first attempt to make a documentary with sync audio. My sound man was the great old-timey musician, painter, and record producer, Art Rosenbaum. I'm sure that he and my wife Fay sitting there in the pews had no trouble sensing just how terrified I was as they witnessed me filming with that Arriflex for the first time.

Here's the entire 8-minute film.

sound: Art Rosenbaum

funding: Fay Stanford