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The Jones Family Will Make a Way2015

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  • 4.0
For thirty years, Bishop Fred Jones and his family have performed on the southern gospel circuit, largely unseen by those outside the Pentecostal faith. When the Bishop, despite objections from many within his faith, decided to take his family's musical ministry outside the church, he unexpectedly connected with the oddest of allies, a jaded, atheistic rock critic, who also happened to be a gospel historian. To Michael Corcoran, the Jones Family Singers represent a living link to a style of gospel he thought had disappeared. These most unlikely of friends bonded through perhaps their one shared trait (a deeply rooted rebelliousness).

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I am a convinced atheist and the person who convinced me was Jerry Falwell. No one could be less naturally inclined to respond to a gospel group than I am. By the time this film was over, I wanted The Jones Family Singers to be bigger than Elvis. The energy they raise is the energy of life and will save your soul and put the heart in a heartless world. If Bishop Jones wants to call that energy "Jesus", I can praise Jesus with all my heart and claim to know just enough about Jesus to be absolutely sure that He and Jerry Falwell never met. Thank you Bishop Jones. I am still not a believer, but I now regret every snarky comment I ever made about Jesus. Now Falwell, on the other hand"""""".

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I am a convinced atheist and the person who convinced me was Jerry Falwell. No one could be less naturally inclined to respond to a gospel group than I am. By the time this film was over, I wanted The Jones Family Singers to be bigger than Elvis. The energy they raise is the energy of life and will save your soul and put the heart in a heartless world. If Bishop Jones wants to call that energy "Jesus", I can praise Jesus with all my heart and claim to know just enough about Jesus to be absolutely sure that He and Jerry Falwell never met. Thank you Bishop Jones. I am still not a believer, but I now regret every snarky comment I ever made about Jesus. Now Falwell, on the other hand"""""".

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Alan Berg's film should be fascinating. It isn't. He squanders an amazing opportunity to follow a family musical ministry striving to get their voices heard without selling out on their religious beliefs.

We know this family has talent. We know this family has faith. And by the time Berg's documentary reaches its end we know that this family has made significant strides. The problem is we do not ever get to actually know anyone in the family. Their shared story is presented in a limited way and their individual stories are fairly unmentioned.

This film is about a musical family with roots in religion and soulful music. This movie is wise to avoid a deep inspection of religion, but a bit of soul could have made a great difference.