A Singing Stream (1986)

About the Film

This is the first of two one-hour documentaries that follow the story of a gifted African American family from the rural South. The sequel which follows the grandchildren into the 21th Century, will be released in 2016.

Watch a trailer for the new film.

With interviews and stories, and scenes from daily life, reunions, gospel concerts, and church services, the film traces the history of the Landis family of Granville County, North Carolina, over the lifetime of its oldest surviving member, 86-year-old Mrs. Bertha M. Landis. Particularly featured are performances by her sons’ gospel quartet The Golden Echoes of such songs as "Troubles of the World," "Going up to Meet Him," and "The Old Rugged Cross," and family and church performances of "Mighty Close to Heaven," Come and Let's Go to that Land," and "There's Union up in Heaven."


CINE Golden Eagle, Chicago International Film Festival (Bronze Hugo), Kenyon Film Festival, Best Documentary, Black Maria Film Festival (Directors Choice)


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Tom Davenport, the distributor Tom Davenport, or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Tom Davenport
  • Produced by: Davenport Films with Dan Patterson, Allen Tullos, and UNC Curriculum in Folklore
  • Cinematographer: Tom Davenport with Zach Kreiger and Tom Rankin
  • Sound: Allen Tullos with Barry Dornfeld and Brett Sutton
  • Editor: Tom Davenport and Marcia Neidley
  • Original Format: Film: 16mm
  • ©Copyright 1986, Tom Davenport
  • 57 mins, Color
  • Categories:
    African American CultureAgingFamilyMusicReligionSocial Justice/ProtestWomen