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Home of the Double Headed Eagle

Film by Brian Graves, Ali Colleen Neff
Produced by Ali Colleen Neff, Brian Graves
Cinematographer: Brian Graves, Ali Colleen Neff
Sound: Brian Graves, Ali Colleen Neff
Editing: Ali Colleen Neff, Brian Graves
Copyright: 2006
15 minutes, Color
Original format: DV Mini, 2006
Distributor: Ali Colleen Neff
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In 2004, Ali Colleen Neff and photographer Tim Gordon made a wrong turn off Highway 61 near Vicksburg. They soon encountered The Home of the Double-Headed Eagle, a kaleidoscopic work of visionary architecture created by the Reverend H. D. Dennis and his wife, Margaret Dennis. The couple, now in their nineties, has been inviting visitors to explore their creation and to hear the non-denominational gospel since 1980, when Reverend began to build the work from the frame of Margaretís little country store. On a number of subsequent visits, Neff, a student in the UNC Folklore M. A. Curriculum, gathered the couplesí life stories, which do much to explain the transcendence and global symbolism imbued in the Dennisí work. She returned in 2006 with documentarian Brian Graves of the UNC Communications Studies Ph.D. program to create this short doc. This piece, filmed on a single day, focuses on the context surrounding the visionary architecture of the Reverend H. D. and Margaret Dennis.

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