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FAU Premiers Christian Rock Documentary

BOCA RATON, FL (March 5, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters Comparative Studies Ph.D. Student Association is hosting the premiere of the documentary “Take It Back? Evangelical Christian and Popular Music” on Tuesday, March 13, at 7 p.m., in the Performing Arts Building, Room 101, on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.

The film, a musical journey into American evangelical culture, is a project based on FAU Comparative Studies Ph.D. candidate Silvia Giagnoni’s dissertation “Christian Rock goes Mainstream: Youth Culture, Politics and Popular Music in the U.S.”  Giagnoni, who received both the FAU Lifelong Learning Fellowship in Spring 2006 and the FAU Graduate Fellowship for Academic Excellence for   2006/2007, co-produced the film with video-journalist Eleonora Orlandi, from Italy.

Filmed mostly in Florida, the documentary includes filming at the Cornerstone Festival in Orlando (an alternative Christian rock festival); the Calvary Church in Fort Lauderdale; and the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church of Dr. James Kennedy (founder of, among other ministries, the Center for Reclaiming America for Christ).   It also includes interviews with Jay Bakker, son of televangelist Jim Bakker; Larry Grossberg, professor of communication studies and cultural studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; and Orlando Sentinel journalist and religious writer Marc I. Pinsky.   The film features the music of many Christian rock bands, including Anberlin, Copeland and Over the Rhine.

Prior to a reception, Giagnoni will be available to answer questions following the film. The film, discussion, and reception are free and open to the public.   For more information, e-mail


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