Stay Prayed Up
Directors: D.L. Anderson &, Matt Durning
Cast: Mother Lena Mae Perry, Wilbur Tharpe, Phil Cook, Angela Kent
Genres: Documentary, Music, African-American Experience, Women and Film, Religion
Distributor: Greenwich Entertainment, LLC
A spirited celebration of 82-year-old Lena Mae Perry and her legendary North Carolina gospel group The Branchettes. The film documents The Branchettes as they record their first, fully live album. Through shared prayer, laughter, hardship and praise, this "church gospel noisy crew" demonstrates that music, like faith, ain't nothing without some fire inside.
"The power of gospel music comes alive here, and the doc's subjects, the practitioners of this fervent form, keep it engaging." -Lovia Gyarkye, Hollywood Reporter