The Jones Family Will Make A Way
Includes digital download card
and full color 12 page insert
For 30 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.
Alan Berg, Director
An award-winning documentary filmmaker and native Texan, Alan co-founded Arts+Labor in 2004. His films have screened at Cannes, SXSW, and The Los Angeles Film Festival, and he’s had two documentaries nationally distributed by PBS. He has won more than twenty state and national awards for his reporting and worked on the PBS Best Practices in Journalism project. Alan has also taught reporting and long-form narrative storytelling at the University of Texas.
Andrew Logan, Producer
Andrew Logan is Head of Production at Austin-based production company Arts+Labor. Most recently, he produced 6 Years directed by Hannah Fidell, which will premiere at SXSW in 2015. He is also an executive producer on Rick Alverson’s Entertainment, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Additionally, Andrew co-produced two 2014 Sundance Film Festival premieres: Kat Candler’s Hellion, and Todd Rohal’s short film Rat Pack Rat, which won the Special Jury Prize for Unique Vision. Andrew began his career in Los Angeles, where he worked on the Emmy Award-winning TV show Dexter, the Academy Award-nominated I’m Not There, and the summer blockbuster Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Jason Wehling, Producer
Jason’s producing credits include the feature documentaries A Place to Dance (PBS), Outside Industry: The Story of SXSW, America’s Parking Lot (ESPN) and An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story (CNN), and the narratives August Evening (Spirit Award Winner), The Happy Poet (SXSW, Venice),Fourplay (Sundance, Cannes Director’s Fortnight), Saturday Morning Massacre(LA Film Fest), Good Night (SXSW) and The Retrieval (SXSW Jury Prize Winner).
From 2002–2005, Jason served on the programming team at PBS headquarters.
Lauren Sanders, Editor
Lauren’s most recent credits include post-production supervisor, assistant editor, and DIT for Kat Candler’s Hellion, an official selection of both the Sundance and SXSW film festivals. She also worked with Candler and producer Kelly Williams, editing Ola Podrida’s “Some Sweet Relief”, winner of best music video at the Reel Indie Film Fest. Lauren is a graduate of the Radio-Television-Film program at the University of Texas at Austin.
Arts+Labor has established itself as a leading independent film producer. Over the past three years, the company and its creative partners has produced four features and four shorts that have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, two features that have premiered at SXSW, and four features which have been theatrically released.
In addition to its independent film work, the company produces content for clients including ACL Fest, Lollapalooza, Alamo Drafthouse, Dell, AMD, Adobe, The University of Texas and the National Cooperative Grocers Association.
The Jones Family Singers, consisting in part of five sisters, two brothers and their father, have been tearing up churches and festivals for almost three decades. Out of the Mt. Zion Pentecostal Church in Markham, Texas, the band delivers gospel glory with a spine of electric funk.
"Modern practitioners of a long musical tradition...infusing their joyful, reverent songs with elements of vintage soul and R&B” declares the Wall Street Journal. “The three-generation gospel collective's high-energy performances are the living embodiment of the indelible connection between the black church and its rock and soul offspring” notes the Austin Chronicle. “It was all joyful praise, brilliantly timed with one crescendo after another” boasts the New York Times, and both Rolling Stone and NPR called them “a must see act” at SXSW 2014.
The Jones Family Singers received a standing ovation at Lincoln Center last summer, and showcased at New York City’s globalFEST and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC in January 2015. This year and next will see them criss-crossing the globe with domestic and international appearances including Newport Folk Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and a two week tour of Russia.
Houston Cinema Arts Festival
Sunday, November 15
In-Edit International Music Documentary Film Festival
Bronzelens Film Festival
International Faith & Family Film Festival (Megafest)
The Film Fleadh (Ireland)
Dallas International Film Festival