The Jones Family Singers, a popular Texas gospel group consisting in part of five sisters, two brothers and their father, will showcase their newest film, The Jones Family Will Make A Way and discuss the significance of musical evangelism during the
International Faith & Family Film Festival at T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Following the film screening, the group will participate in a panel discussion, “Musical Evangelism in Film,” with music impresarios Israel Houghton & New Breed and Kirk Whalum, moderated by journalist Jawn Murray. Israel & New Breed and the Jones Family Singers will also perform, followed by an intimate Q&A.
Underscoring universal themes of faith and perseverance, The Jones
Family Will Make A Way premiered earlier this year at the SXSW festival. On Thurs., Aug. 20, attendees of MegaFest’s International Faith & Family Film Festival will screen highlights of the powerful documentary, which explores the group’s Gospel roots and chronicles their efforts to share their message with a broader audience without compromising their values.
“The Jones Family Will Make A Way is more than a documentary: it is a union of hearts. It works not only to capture the drive and ability of a dynamic Gospel band, but to immerse us into their lives,” shared Truth on Cinema’s co-editor Steven Jones. “Their passion, their sacrifice, even their moments of discouragement are all bared with style in this well-paced chronicle of a hidden gem on the path to discovery,” Jones added.
Directed by Alan Berg, in collaboration with Arts + Labor, the family’s story began in a little church in the tiny town of Markham, TX. For thirty 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.
Film reviewer Joe O’Connell of The Austin Chronicle stated of the Jones Family documentary, “Berg’s film is brimming with both music and a
certain religious hope that never bangs you over the head.”
Beginning Aug. 20, fans can view the film online by visiting jonesfamilymovie.com; the film will be available for purchase on Aug. 25 via iTunes and Google Play for $7.99. Online viewer guides and supplemental materials are also available to churches, youth agencies and community organizations seeking to host screenings of the film.
The Jones Family Singers received a standing ovation at the Lincoln Center this summer, and showcased at New York City’s globalFEST and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. They have crisscrossed the globe with domestic and international appearances including Newport Folk Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, and a two-week tour of Russia. Their next performance will take place at the Monterey Jazz Festival on Sept. 20, 2015.
For more information about their screening and panel at MegaFest, please visit: http://mega-fest.org/filmfestival/schedule.