The Flock centers on the 1979 religious migration of California families to Alabama and the effect it had on the movement’s children.
The Flock centers on the 1979 religious migration of California families to Alabama and the effect it had on the movement’s children. Read more
About this project
Most people don’t feel like they have to explain their childhood. However, for the children of counter-culture religious movements, it’s often difficult for them to explain their history to others and to themselves.
In the early 70s the Hobson family lived in Santa Ynez, California – a quaint valley just north of Santa Barbara. They raised three boys, started a small business, and through some friends became involved with the Santa Ynez Valley Fellowship (SYVF). The group, like many evangelical Christian groups at the time, wasn’t so much a church, but a gathering of people who shared similar beliefs. Small groups of ten to fifteen families, referred to as a flock, would fall under the oversight of a pastor. The entire fellowship would come together on Sundays for church, but separate flocks would meet more often during the week. This created a close bond between families. In 1979 the members of the Hobson’s flock packed up and moved across the country to Mobile, Alabama, where a great religious movement was happening.
That year many families moved to Mobile in order to create the Gulf Coast Covenant Church (GCCC), which fully embraced the flock/shepherding concept. This created an authoritative format that established a strong family structure. Political unrest and infighting, however, led to the ultimate disintegration of the church and the fallout was felt throughout as flocks broke apart, families moved away, and, in a disproportionate number, families split up and divorced (the Hobsons included).
"Where are you from?" There's no easy answer, there's just some memories, and a story with a few holes in it. This project is an attempt to piece together the whole story, and see where all of the other storylines have gone. The film follows the youngest member of the Hobson family, Joe, as he reconnects with the people and places of his youth. Many of the people involved have not had the motivation to discuss their decisions and/or the effect it had on them. It is our hope that through the production of this film the families involved will begin to share their experiences and move towards an understanding of the effect the migration had on their lives and the lives of those around them.
Why You Should Support This Project
The SYVF migration is one example of the Jesus Movement in the United States, and is an important piece of American history that has never been fully told. Utilizing home movies and interviews, the film will explore how such a migration influenced the lives of the children of the movement and how it has informed their understanding of family and religion as adults. Looking at the experiences of this community will help illuminate the greater impact the movement had on American culture and society.
We believe in this project and despite having full time jobs, we have dedicated much of our time and personal money to the project and will continue to do so until the story is told.
While there are many grants that help to cover finishing costs, few aid in covering production costs. That’s where YOU come in. We already possess the equipment and postproduction facilities, but your generous contributions will ensure that we are able to cover transportation, food and accommodations for our crew as we travel across the country, documenting Joe’s journey and interviewing members of the movement.
Risks and challenges
Since the break up of the church, members have settled through out the country. Thus, we will have to travel across the country to collect interviews and footage. With such excessive travel our limited budget is rather daunting, but both filmmakers have vast experience dealing with low budget filmmaking and have spent months in preproduction to ensure that we are as organized as possible. Because of this, we will successfully complete our project within our budgetary constraints.
Perhaps the biggest hurdle will be persuading people to talk to us. Joe, however, grew up in this community and while many of the members are no longer close, they all went through the same experience and still possess a connection. The children of this movement had no say in the events that transpired and many are still coming to grips with what happened. In many ways this film will serve as a healing process and will encourage families to talk about the experience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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