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Directed by Andrew Elizaga, Tia Young

Washington 2019 94 mins. In English

Crowned “Seattle’s First Lady of Gospel,” by the Seattle Times, Reverend Patrinell “Pat” Wright left the segregated South in 1964 to help her sister, who had relocated a few years prior to the burgeoning Northwest metropolis. After a brief stint as an R&B singer, the gospel singer-songwriter took over the Black Experience Gospel Choir at Roosevelt High School. After a failed levy resulted in a funding cut for the program, Pat moved the much-needed neighborhood group, combining it with the choir at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. The 50-plus African American students began coalescing, and by September 1973, the group was recast as the Total Experience Gospel Choir. What happened next makes music history, as the choir went on to sing in over 20 countries, perform roughly 300 times a year, and play for presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Patrinell: The Total Experience follows the life of this extraordinarily talented gospel singer as she strives to continue the group in the changing landscape of Seattle.

This film is part of the 37th Annual Reel Music Festival.

Genres: Documentary

Appears in: Reel Music 37



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