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.
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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)
- Lay of the Land
- Teaching Guide with Excerpt
- Study Guide: Junior High Level
- A Singing Stream: Discussion Guide
- Birth of a Film: A Grant in Search of a Subject
- Bertha Landis
- Changing Course
- The Emergence of Gospel Quartets: Praising God in the Twentieth Century
- Observations on Editing