Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher • USA • 2019 • A joyously offbeat slice of Americana.
Eureka, Arkansas is a one-of-a-kind oasis in the traditionally conservative bastion of the Ozarks. Alongside a devout Christian population is a thriving queer community, whose epicenter is a local gay bar run by Lee and Walter. The proudly out husband-owners of the affectionately dubbed 'hillbilly Studio 54' are evangelists as much for their Southern Baptist faith as the culture of queerness and drag their bar is home to. Here, contradictions are both tenuously brokered, and welcome.
Delving into a fascinating community with bombast and grace, The Gospel of Eureka is a lush, immersive slice of Americana. Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri's fifth collaboration premiered at SXSW, Göteborg, Sheffield International Documentary Festival and BAMcinemafest.