Sermons and Sacred Pictures - Reverend L.O. Taylor, Baptist Minister

Sermons and Sacred Pictures - Reverend L.O. Taylor, Baptist Minister

Downloadable Video - 2016
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SERMONS AND SACRED PICTURES profiles Reverend L.O. Taylor, a Memphis-based Baptist minister who in the 1930s and 40s built a fiery reputation by lacing his sermons with parables, fables and dramatic visual descriptions. Taylor was also an inspired photographer and filmmaker with a keen interest in preserving a visual and aural record of the fabric of black American life. He photographed and filmed businesses and schools, the National Baptist Convention, baptisms, funerals, and individuals in the quiet dignity of their everyday lives.. Over the years he compiled an extraordinary record of Southern black life before the Civil Rights movement. This film is an innovative combination of Taylor's films and audio recordings, images of contemporary Memphis, and commentary by his widow and others who knew him, forming an intertwined narrative about the pioneering documentarian and social activist. Taylor emerges as a man of humor, piety and intelligence, vibrantly involved in the community he loved.. Supported by a Pioneer Fund Grant for Emerging Documentary Filmmakers and a Film Arts Foundation Development Grant.. "Sermons and Sacred Pictures has a magical quality....It brings to life the work of Rev.. Taylor through his community filmmaking efforts. The film in turn affirms African-American identity and spirit." Margaret Mead Film Festival. "Fans of Spencer Williams’ The Blood of Jesus should be fascinated by this half hour documentary...among the highlights of the Margaret Mead Film Festival." J. Hoberman, Village Voice. Screenings and Festivals include: Museum of Modern Art, New York "Best Short Documentary" Athens (Ohio) Film Festival.
Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] :, Kanopy Streaming,, 2016
Canyon Cinema Foundation,, 1989
Characteristics: 1 online resource (streaming video file) (30 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound


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