Friday, July 24, 2015

Milwaukee church festivals subject of new documentary

Chris Foran reports reports at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
"'Tilt-a-Whirls, Cowbells and Beer,' a new documentary airing Monday on WMVS-TV (Channel 10)*, goes behind the scenes to show how Milwaukee church festivals come together, from bands to rides to food to beer.

How much beer? A popular T-shirt sold at local church festivals reads 'Drinking for Jesus Summer Tour.'

"'The bands they have are based, really, on how much beer they (help) sell,' said Ron Faiola, the writer-director of 'Tilt-a-Whirls.'"
I wonder how singer-songwriter Pat McCurdy stacks up by that criterion.**
"Tilt-a-Whirls" is Greendale-based Faiola's latest look at Wisconsin culture. His first movie, 2009's 'Fish Fry Night Milwaukee,' explores the Friday obsession. 'Wisconsin Supper Clubs,' from 2011, was followed by a coffee-table book celebrating that dining tradition."
Darned if those two previous documentaries aren't also on activities associated with having a drink or two.

*Air time 9pm.

**What might well be Mr. McCurdy's best-known composition, Sex and Beer, begins

"St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians
Said, 'It came to me upon a midnight clear
I finished writing all of my gospel
Now all I seem to want is sex and beer'"

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