[Videolib] Holy Ghost People

Pat Shufeldt (pashuf@charter.net)
Thu, 23 Sep 2004 00:40:51 -0400

You might also check with filmmaker Gretchen Robinson about getting a copy of her film
about snake handling in Holiness churches in Greenville, SC, and Newport, TN.
According to the Gretchen's business website the film was winner of the Columbus
Statuette, International Film Festival Best of Show.

The people who take up serpents [VHS] [videorecording] / Gretchen L. Robinson.
[Greenville, S.C.] : G. Robinson Productions, c1974. 1 videocassette (57 min.) : sd.,
col. ; 1/2 in. Executive producer, Gretchen Robinson ; associate producers, Stanley
Woodward, Dale Perry.
Description : Pictures members of a branch of the Holiness churches who base their
religious beliefs and practices on Bible verses, especially Mark 16:18. Shows them as
they handle serpents, hold fire to their bodies, speak in tongues, lay hands on the
sick, and cast out devils. Includes interviews with believers as they discuss their
faith which has brought them into conflict with the law.

Contact information for purchases:
My experience in trying to obtain copies of Gretchen's films for the local public
library was that I had to call her regularly in order to get the order filled, but she
would eventually come through. Plan on placing an order at the beginning of the fiscal
year so you have plenty of time to work with her.

Pat Shufeldt
Greenville, SC

Darby Orcutt wrote:

> Dave,
> I have had an eye out for this title for years. At NCSU, we are down to our
> last two working VHS copies. Faculty screen this constantly (I show a lengthy clip
> myself to my World Religions students every semester). Perhaps there's a vendor on
> this list that will investigate bringing it back? From conversations with
> colleagues elsewhere, I suspect it's one of the most used out of print films in
> most academic collections. Please let me know if you hear anything.
> Best,
> Darby Orcutt
> Collection Manager for the Humanities
> North Carolina State University Libraries
> ofiarad@sunyacc.edu wrote:
> > Hi:
> > In our library's collection we have a title called "Holy Ghost People"
> > originally purchased from CRM films. A faculty member wants to purchase it for
> > himself. It is "a report on the religious fervor of a small Pentecostal
> > congregation in West Virginia whose fundamentalist philosophy encourages the
> > biblical teaching of speaking in tongues and handling serpents."
> > I called CRM films and it has been withdrawn from their offerings. Does
> > anyone know if the title is out there for purchase and who is offering it?
> > Feel free to reply to the list.
> >
> > Dave Ofiara
> > Reference and Media Librarian
> > Adirondack Community College
> > Queensbury, New York 12804
> > e-mail: ofiarad@sunyacc.edu
> >
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