Many former members of the Total Experience Gospel Choir are familiar with Pastor Pat Wright’s stories about Colored Town and White Town. “Colored Town” was the area of her home town of Carthage, Texas where the African-Americans gathered and did businesses among black-owned shops during the “Jim Crow” era of enforced racial segregation. Although African-Americans were allowed to shop in the white part of town, … Continue reading Colored Town and White Town
UPDATE: The work in progress screening time has been changed to 3PM. We are thrilled to invite you to a “work-in-progress” screening of Patrinell: The Total Experience organized by the Seattle Documentary Association! This is a free showing of the entire 90 minute film, and it will be held at the Northwest Film Forum on Sunday September 2nd at 3PM. There will be a in-depth … Continue reading Work In Progress Screening September 2nd!
The Patrinell Team has been busy going through several hours of these old VHS tapes of the Total Experience Gospel Choir from Pastor Pat Wright’s personal archive. We have been carefully converting them to high definition video files and backing them up on separate hard drives in triplicate (like we do with all of our footage). The Patrinell project isn’t just about making a movie, … Continue reading The VHS tape archive
Pastor Pat Wright’s younger brother Rev. Gregory Staten attended the annual church reunion in Carthage Texas last year and interviewed a few of the church members there who grew up with her. Former church members who have moved away from Carthage make a pilgrimage back every August for a church reunion, known as “Big Day”, and always look forward to a performance from Patrinell. In … Continue reading Reminiscing about Patrinell during Big Day 2017
Rev. Dr. Samuel B. McKinney was the pastor of Mt Zion Baptist church for 40 years. He was friends and college classmates with Martin Luther King Jr. at Morehouse College. In 1961, McKinney invited Dr. King to speak in Seattle, and the venue where the lecture was going to be given, the First Presbyterian Church, cancelled the event at the last minute. McKinney assailed the … Continue reading Rev. Dr. Samuel B. McKinney talks about the death of MLK
I really have to commend Katya Palladina for this awesome poster design for our film! The title graphic was inspired by the “Total Experience” logo that has been featured on the bright red t-shirts of Total Experience Gospel Choir members since the very beginning of the choir in 1970s. The logo was designed we think by Jaci White, because she is given credit for the … Continue reading Our Movie Poster