Quinlan described his tenure at the largest African-American parish in Virginia as a privilege he was honored to have, 'as a honkey.'
Austin, TX (PRWEB) August 18, 2014
Film Featuring Priest’s ‘Nat Turner Liturgy’ Debuts at Austin’s Capital City Black Film Festival
“The Trouble with TQ,” the documentary about controversial Priest Rev. Thomas J. Quinlan, debuts at the Capital City Black Film Festival in Austin Texas. One of Quinlan’s exploits depicted is his Easter liturgy based on Nat Turner. Quinlan adapted the Lenten liturgy using “The Confessions of Nat Turner,” transported the predominantly African-American parish to Courtland, Virginia, and staged a Passion Sunday condemnation ceremony on the steps of the same courthouse where Turner was condemned.
Quinlan, known as “TQ,” used the Principle of Adaptation, a concept from the Second Vatican Council, to link the parish’s cultural heritage to the Gospel, creating a memorable message. In the film, a parishioner described TQ pushing the parish to celebrate their heritage within the Catholic faith. Quinlan described his tenure at the largest African-American parish in Virginia as a privilege he was honored to have, “as a honkey.”
Director Calvin Thomas is excited about the film’s selection for the Capital City Black Film Festival, acknowledging, “We’re honored the festival took a chance on ‘The Trouble with TQ,’ and we won’t disappoint. TQ’s message isn’t just for Catholics, it isn’t just for African-Americans, TQ’s message is for everyone. This is a story about a man who encouraged people to be responsible for their faith.”
Thomas won “Best First Time Director” for “The Trouble with TQ” at the Amsterdam International Film Festival, and a preview of the film sold out Norfolk’s historic Naro Expanded Cinema in May 2014. Thomas views the film as a “gateway to the world of TQ,” explaining, “The film is just one piece. There are three books, and an art exhibit of paintings used in the film that just opened at ONE11 Gallery in Norfolk. We’re creating tools to connect 21st Century cultural references to the Gospel and write the New Parables.”
The Capital City Black Film Festival runs 21-23 August 2014 at the Palmer Events Center in Austin. “The Trouble with TQ” screens on Saturday 23 August 2014 at the Palmer Events Center.
For more information, visit http://www.capcitybff.com/.
For more information about “The Trouble with TQ,” visit http://www.thetroublewithtq.com.
See the trailer for “The Trouble with TQ” at this link: http://youtu.be/tvOAxf7nTXA
Capital City Black Film Festival: http://www.capcitybff.com/