"Let’s Have Some Church Detroit Style" won the Audience Choice Award at the Freep Film Festival in Detroit, March 2015
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This documentary ells the story of Dr. E. LaQuint Weaver II and The Hallelujah Singers, a 25-member community choir from Detroit nominated in 2014 for nine Rhythm of Gospel Awards. The film explores the personal lives of Weaver and his choristers while chronicling the group’s preparation to attend the awards show in Birmingham, Ala.
The documentary does not turn on the simple will-they-or-won’t-they-win conceit. It is smarter than that. . . .The film is a sympathetic look at how the hope and endurance of a sacred singing community overcome individual and collective trials. . . .
The singers are police officers, auto workers, students, health providers, adult caregivers and ministers. One scene in particular, featuring extraordinary vocalist Rosa Warner-Jones leading “Elijah Rock,” is a revelation.
Naturally, "Detroit is also a main character of the film, Amid bankruptcy, home foreclosures and other struggles, The Hallelujah Singers serve as "the Greek chorus reminding everyone that hope trumps trouble,
From The Journal of Gospel Music – author Bob Marovich