Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus – December 7, 2008

 

JOIN US FOR OUR FINAL “MUSIC ON FILM” SERIES EVENT!

Sunday, December 7 @ 2 p.m.
Lowell Historical Park Visitor Center
Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus,
w/performance by
Appalachian Still
2003, 82 minutes, Not Rated

Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus is a thought-provoking road trip through the American South – a world of churches, prisons, coal mines, truck stops, juke joints, swamps, and mountains. Along the way we encounter various musicians, including the Handsome Family, Johnny Dowd, 16 Horsepower, David Johansen; old time banjo player Lee Sexton, rockabilly, and mountain gospel churches; and novelist Harry Crews telling grisly stories down a dirt track.

The film is a collage of stories and testimonies, almost invariably of sudden death, sin, or redemption: Heaven or Hell, with no middle ground. And all the while, a strange Southern Jesus looms in the background.

Alt-country singer Jim White reflects on exactly what it is about this baffling place that inspires musicians and writers, at the same time working through his own preoccupations with his muse – or, as he puts, “trying to find the gold tooth in God’s crooked smile.”

The Lowell Film Collaborative and the Moses Greeley Parker Lecture Series present Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus as part of the Music on Film series in Fall 2008 in downtown Lowell. This screening will be preceded by a performance from Northampton string band Appalachian Still.