PBS NC's Reel South Screening of Stay Prayed Up  and Virtual Discussion

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PBS NC's Reel South Screening of Stay Prayed Up and Virtual Discussion

Reel South Season 8 Kick-off— Preview Screening of Stay Prayed Up and Virtual Discussion

By PBS North Carolina

When and where

Date and time

Tuesday, March 28 · 4 - 5:30pm PDT



About this event

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile eTicket

Join PBS North Carolina for the REEL SOUTH, Season 8 preview screening of Stay Prayed Up and virtual Q+A with the filmmakers!

Presented in partnership with Reel South, PBS North Carolina, invites you to join us for a special preview screening of Stay Prayed Up. The film introduces us to 83-year-old Mother Perry and her legendary music group, The Branchettes.

Following the screening, we invite you to participate in a conversation with the filmmakers D. L. Anderson and Matt Durning. Audience engagement is encouraged by asking questions in the virtual chat feature.

Panel Discussion and Q+A with the filmmakers:

  • D.L. Anderson, director, Stay Prayed Up
  • Matt Durning, director, Stay Prayed Up

Virtual Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, March 28, at 7 PM (ET)
  • Time: 7 PM (ET)
  • How: Link to join event can be found in your Eventbrite registration confirmation
  • Where: From the convenience of your laptop, desktop, tablet or mobile device

To reserve your virtual seat and receive the link to join the event, please register via Eventbrite. For questions about the event or how to register, please email Karen Nowak at knowak@pbsnc.org.


About the film:

The only thing mightier than Lena Mae Perry's electrifying voice is her faith. Perry spent the last fifty 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. Stay Prayed Up is a spirted celebration, inviting audiences into "Mother" Perry's close-knit community as the 83-year-old strives to extend her sacred song ministry ever forward.

More about Reel South:

The people, culture, landscape and history of the South both captivate and bewilder. In the cherished tradition of Southern storytelling, Reel South reveals the South’s proud yet complicated heritage, as told by a diversity of voices and perspectives, through the curation and distribution of feature-length and short documentaries.

Season 8 foregrounds the complexities and unyielding vitality of love—love for your home, your family, your God, your people and critically, yourself.

Reel South is a PBS documentary series co-produced by PBS North Carolina, South Carolina ETV, and Louisiana Public Broadcasting, and produced in association with Alabama Public Television, Arkansas PBS, Tennessee Public Television Council, Texas Tech Public Media, Texas PBS and Virginia’s VPM. Reel South is a platform for and a service to non-fiction filmmakers in the American South working within the region's tradition of storytelling. Reel South is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts, the Center for Asian America Media and South Carolina Educational TV Endowment. It is distributed by PBS Plus.

When and where to watch or stream Reel South:

Stay Prayed Up premieres on Reel South on Thursday, April 13, at 10 PM, on PBS NC. Watch online anytime or on the PBS App. Season 8 will be available to stream starting April 11. Watch Reel South Thursdays at 10 PM, on PBS NC.

About the organizer

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PBS North Carolina

About PBS North Carolina

As the PBS affiliate serving the country’s third-largest public media market, PBS North Carolina educates, informs, entertains and inspires its statewide audience on-air, online and in-person. PBS NC shares the best of PBS and locally produced content, reaching up to 16.8 million households, across four, unique over-the-air program services: PBS NC, the North Carolina Channel, Rootle 24/7 PBS KIDS Channel and the Explorer Channel.​

PBS North Carolina also delivers rich, digital-first content to more than 118,000 social media followers and 1.3 million website visitors annually. In-person, PBS North Carolina engages communities and inspires action. Its free resources and events spark curiosity from North Carolina’s youngest to oldest citizens, helping them reach their full potential. And PBS North Carolina serves as the backbone for North Carolina’s state’s emergency services.

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