The idea of a group of young filmmakers – many of them kids – creating a musical about revered evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson might meet with some resistance among the faithful. But, in this case, officials at Angelus Temple, the church Sister Aimee founded across from Echo Park Lake, embraced the idea proposed by the nearby Echo Park Film Center. The fledgling filmmakers from the center were allowed to shoot scenes inside McPherson’s former home and parsonage across from Echo Park Lake. Some members of the crew even got to wear some of her flowing robes. The result is “Sister Aimee: The Musical,” a 37-minute-long program which will be screened today at 8 PM and available for sale at the film center.
“The folks at the temple were super helpful and supportive,” said film center executive director Paolo Davanzo in an email. “We had some kids come over from the Dream Center who worked and acted in the piece but besides that the involvement was mainly symbolic. It is a secular piece.”
Sister Aimee, who was known for theatrical sermons, was no stranger to the stage. In the video below she make an appearance on New York’s Broadway – the “mecca of sin” as Sister Aimee calls it.
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