New York, N.Y. — February 7, 2019 — POV today announced the acquisition of the U.S. broadcast rights for The Gospel of Eureka, directed by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher. The film will join the series’ 32nd season, which kicks off on PBS in June 2019.
Produced by American Documentary and broadcasting on PBS since 1988, POV is American television's longest-running documentary series.
The Gospel of Eureka, which held its world premier at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, takes a personal and often comical look at negotiating differences between religion and belief through performance, political action and partnership. With verve, humor and unfailing compassion, Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher build unexpected bridges between religious faith and sexual orientation.
The film will premiere at Quad Cinema in New York February 8 through February 14.
“Cinema, like theater, can heighten our belief or make us believe the unbelievable. It can also disrupt and deconstruct our belief. Without condescension we hope to show that what is crass, campy, or even profane in the eyes of one group is sacred and full of communal significance in the eyes of another,” said directors Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher.
"The Gospel of Eureka may subvert your understanding of what it means to be spiritual," said Chris White, executive producer of POV. "With its wide cast of characters one would assume this town is deeply divided, but the film’s focus on community, and our shared humanity, illustrates that there is a home for everyone."
POV's 32nd season begins in June 2019 on PBS television, PBS Passport as well as pov.org and amdoc.org, with exact premiere dates to be announced in Spring 2019. The Gospel of Eureka will premiere with other announced titles including The Distant Barking of Dogs by Simon Lereng Wilmont, On Her Shoulders by Alexandria Bombach and The Silence of Others by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar.
The Gospel of Eureka deal was negotiated by Justine Nagan and Chris White on behalf of POV, and Jason Ishikawa from Cinetic Media on behalf of The Gospel of Eureka. The film was produced by Charlotte Cook and co-produced by Nathan Truesdell with generous support from Field of Vision, the Sundance Documentary Fund and the Hartley Media Impact Initiative at the Auburn Seminary.