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Raise the Dead

(1998, 54 minutes) This program explores the traveling tent ministry of H. Richard Hall, the "long-haired preacher" who has brought Holiness-Pentecostal revivals to Appalachia since his Depression-era childhood. Long after the preceding generation of evangelists had moved to television, Hall continued the itinerant tradition. Through hymns, revival clippings, and the stories of people whose lives Hall has touched, this portrait of the contemporary circuit reveals everything from spiritual fervor to juggling the itinerary, as well as the changing context of this religious expression. Best Independent Film, 1999 New England Film Festival; Official Selection, Cinema du Reel Festival.