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US Premiere

Director: Rick Minnich

Germany, 2001, 52 min

Shooting Format:Super 16

Festival Year:2001

Category:Documentary Feature

WINNER: Audience Award

Cast:Jennifer Wilson, Randy Brooks, Barbara Fairchild, Richard Clark, Matthew Matney

Crew:producer: HFF - screenwriter: Rick Minnich - cinematographer: Eeva Fleig - editors: Robert Schneider, Xina Graff - sound: Dietrich Körner

Sales:Uta Eberhardt / Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen: T + 49 331 6202 564 - F + 49 331 6202 569


Branson, Missouri. Some call it the new Nashville or the Las Vegas of the Bible Belt. Over the past ten years, nearly 40 theaters have shot out of the ground in this once sleepy Ozark Mountain town of less than 4000. Here, country legends and television and stage stars from yesteryear have reincarnated themselves to offer up good ol' patriotic, Christian entertainment to six million tourists annually. In a light-hearted, ironic manner, Heaven On Earth takes a look behind the scenes at the creation of a mythical America. In addition to numerous song and dance numbers and the spectacular resurrection of Jesus in the musical The Promise, the film features the largest Veteran's Day celebration in the United States, including a rare interview with General Paul Tibbets, pilot of the Enola Gay, reflecting on his dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

About the director

Rick Minnich studied at Columbia University, Cal Arts, the Film & Television Academy "Konrad Wolf" in Potsdam, Germany and in Vienna. After travelling around Eastern and Central Europe, he settled in Berlin in 1990, where he has worked as a dishwasher, English teacher, translator, and filmmaker. His award-winning films have shown at festivals worldwide and have been broadcast on television throughout Europe.

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