Screening: Wednesday, May 22nd, 5pm
Written & Directed by Daniel Savage & Britt Poulton
Starring Alice Englert, Kaitlyn Dever, Olivia Colman, Walton Goggins, Lewis Pullman, and Jim Gaffigan
Running Time: 98 minutes
Snake handlers are spiritual renegades belonging to an obscure sect of American Pentecostalism: part of a century-old tradition of worshipping with venomous snakes during church services. Seeing themselves as the vanguards of salvation in a morally bankrupt world, believers put their lives on the line, each and every week, to prove themselves before God. Set deep in the hills of Appalachia, THEM THAT FOLLOW explores this unseen way of life —telling the story of a pastor’s daughter whose forbidden relationship forces her to confront the dangerous traditions of her father’s church.
“The filmmakers let the story slither at its own rhythm, so that the magnitude of the psychological control can be fully exposed.” – Carlos Aguilar, The Wrap
“In terms of mood, directors Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage do a lot with a little, allowing the plot to coil round the characters.” – Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film