Finally! An air date has been set.
In Texas, they are to air the segment the weekend of May 5, 2007. Check your local listings in Texas and/or check the website for specifics.
Nationally try the following cable & satellite providers:
DIRECTV channel #379
Mediacom channel #78
DISH Network channel #9409
Set those VCRs and DVRs!
May 7 - 24! University of North Texas in Denton.
Originally Posted by David Brown
(scroll down to us on both pages.)
David is our marketing genius... and our wordsmithing genius .... and our model making genius .... and the rest of us just sit quietly and look pretty.
Way to go guys! The Texas Church Gang is riding tall!
I'm hoping a DVD is published.
After checking the group photo on your web site, the term "pretty" seems a bit of a stretch.
Originally Posted by scootermm
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Originally Posted by David Brown
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Thanks for the update David. I've watched your site for sometime now, your pictures bring back lots of memories when I visited Texas as a child. I haven't been there in many years, but always had a fondness for it.
Just saw it!
Dianna and I just watched it. I taped it too, but my tape has tracking problems. I think my vcr is about ready to (or has already) given up the ghost. I'll have to look at my tape on a good quality VCR and see if it can overcome the tracking problems so I can make a couple of copies.
Wonderful wonderful show. I would have liked to have seen the ten-part miniseries version!
Bob Phillips sure has a knack for drawing good talk out of people. That's just the kind of conversation I would like to have when we meet for our infrequent get togethers.
I especially liked the part during Lee's interview when he characterized digital photography as "The devil's work". We laughed and cheered so loud our five-year old didn't know what was the heck was going on.
The opening scene when the church doors open, sunlight pours in and Mike, Matthew, Lee, David and Jeremy walk in with cameras and tripods slung over their shoulders was something straight out of a spaghetti western.
Sure would be nice if apug could get licensed to show that segment online -- would answer so many "Why do you do that?" questions by newbies, or at least the "What do you get out of that?"
Personally, I guess I'd always thought "The Church Guys" shot churches because of their interesting architecture, but I was missing the point. Luckily, you guys poignantly spelled it all out, how the Czech, Norwegian, German and other surnames of the infants being baptized were the same as the parishioners who sat the pews, handmade the stained glass, and who continue to rest in the cemeteries. Generations of immigrants and decendants of immigrants have shared common threads of the cycle of life in these structures, and every square inch of these churches is charged with the experiences of countless families.
The way their work and this segment most personally connected with me was that I've got a particular fondness for trying to record disappearing worlds, and with more and more churches polarizing toward either the megala-Six-Flags-Over-Jesus model or, on the other end, the stripmall storefront church, the generational handcrafted place of worship seems to be slipping from our grasp.
It was a good-sized segment, too. Since Texas Country Reporter had three segments, and he crowded the first two into the first half of the show, so the Texas Church Project segment filled the last fifteen minutes or so. As the segment drew to a close, though, I was left wondering something.
Do you guys give prints to the communities whose churches you photograph, or maybe even duplicate prints so one could be stored with the church and one stored elsewhere in case something happens to the church?
I can envision some ten year old child seeing a high-quality hand-crafted photographic print for the first time and being influenced to spend her life behind the viewfinder, documenting the world around her.
The urgency of photographing the churches (not just be buildings, but the manifestations of their culture) before they fade away brings to mind a passage from the Nicene Creed I recited over and over again in parochial school as a child: "[FONT=Arial]We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church[/FONT]". Through your images, these catholic (small "c", comprehensive, universal) churches will always have apostles to defend their memory.
thanks Kevin and Dianna,
you can go to Texas Country Reporter website
we are #1027 and you can order your own personal dvd which is what I am gonna do.