BT-10. Stay Prayed Up

USA, Feature Documentary, 2021, 74 min

The joy is self-evident, contagious even. This—the ability to awaken a crowd—is her magic. Hollywood Reporter

The only thing mightier than Lena Mae Perry’s electrifying voice is her faith. She’s spent the last 50 years sharing and sharpening both as the steadfast bandleader of The Branchettes, a legendary North Carolina gospel group that has packed churches throughout the South and lifted weary hearts as far away as Ireland. This fast-paced, foot-thumping documentary follows Perry and The Branchettes, and producer Phil Cook, a white Wisconsin-born gospel enthusiast, as they prepare to record their first live album. Stay Prayed Up features full-on vocals from Perry, glittering keys from Wilbur Tharpe and soaring harmony by Angela Kent, all backed by The Guitar Heels. Through shared prayer, laughter, hardships and praise, this “church gospel noisy crew” demonstrates that music, like faith, ain’t nothing without some fire inside.

Directed by D.L. Anderson, Matt Durning

Boulder Premiere

Buy tix for Saturday, March 5, 2022, 10:00 am at eTown Hall | Export to Outlook/iCal

In person: Matt Durning, DL Anderson, Phil Cook, Leslie Raymond, Lena C Williams

Buy tix for Sunday, March 6, 2022, 10:00 am at Longmont Museum’s Stewart Auditorium | Export to Outlook/iCal

In person: Lena Mae Perry, Matt Durning, DL Anderson, Phil Cook, Leslie Raymond, Lena C Williams, Angela Kent

Buy tix for Sunday, March 6, 2022, 3:15 pm at The Boulder Theater | Export to Outlook/iCal

In person: Lena Mae Perry, Matt Durning, DL Anderson, Phil Cook, Leslie Raymond, Lena C Williams, Angela Kent

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Venues: The Boulder Theater; Grace Commons Church, 1820 15th Street; Boulder High; Cinemark Century Boulder, 1700 29th St.; eTown Hall; Longmont Museum’s Stewart Auditorium