Michael Palmieri and Donald Mosher – The Gospel of Eureka

Video killed the radio-star, and I’d be quick to add, the death of storytelling’s oral tradition. But one can’t ignore the rise and popularity of audiobooks and podcasts. Michael Palmieri and Donald Mosher’s The Gospel of Eureka appropriately begins with the image of a black screen and an accompanying voice-over: “Everyone loves a good story now and then.” Palmieri and Mosher highlight the oral tradition through their images. A documentary, The Gospel of Eureka chronicles the complex histories and relationships between the LGBTQ+ and Christian community in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The townsfolk here are storytellers reminiscent of Jason Holiday. That’s to say, they are performers without artifice. In front of the camera or in front of their audiences, these storytellers are transformed, and their physicality becomes imbued with the spirit of their narratives, perhaps best exemplified by the drag queens whose art lies in mimicry. Palmieri and Mosher further bridge the two communities through their keen editing, establishing connections, similarities, and differences during unexpected moments. The tales here aren’t juggled so much as Palmieri and Mosher unite Eureka Springs to weave them.

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