Spiritual Helpline presents

Stay Prayed Up

With special guest performance by The Branchettes with Phil Cook and The Guitarheels

Hometown premiere, Q&A and post-screening performance

  • Sat, May 7 at 4:00pm
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    Come celebrate the mighty spirit of Lena Mae Perry and her church gospel noisy crew with a special hometown premiere of this award-winning, soul-lifting documentary film experience. Perry is the steadfast bandleader of The Branchettes, a legendary North Carolina gospel group that has packed churches throughout the South and as far away as Ireland over the past 50 years. The film, which enjoyed a raucous world premiere at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival, presents an expansive vision of spirituality and the power of creative community as Perry, 83, records her first live concert album with Phil Cook, a white Wisconsin-born gospel enthusiast and musical polyglot half her age. Bring your mothers and your grandmothers out to this sacred gathering Saturday, May 7th at 4pm as we rejoice in community and give our matriarchs the flowers they deserve with a special post-screening performance by The Branchettes.

    Directed by D.L. Anderson & Matt Durning (72 min.)

    Co-Sponsored by Southern Documentary Fund and the Carolina Theatre.


    3:00pm – Lobby Doors Open
    3:30pm – Fletcher Hall Doors Open
    4:00pm – 5:30pm – Show Start | Invocation + Film Screening
    5:30pm – 6:45pm – Q&A + Performance
    6:45pm – 8:00pm – Meet & Greet