If I GIve My Soul

Poster

Synopsis
In Brazil, the inmates in prisons and jails are almost exclusively poor, black, uneducated males – society’s lowest. In these previously unfilmed locations, “If I Give My Soul” examines how five Brazilian inmates have coped with this profound social stigmatization as well as Rio’s brutal justice system by joining prison-based, inmate-led Pentecostal Churches. The film spotlights five prisoner’s personal stories and uses social science methods to investigate if this religion is simply an “escape” for the oppressive conditions, if it’s an elaborate show for the guards and justice system, or if their faith and experience represent something more.

MovieDayStart TimeEnd Time
If I GIve My SoulSaturday, May 23, 20152:10 PM3:08 PM

Directors
Andrew Johnson n/a
Ryan Patch The Offering (2014), The Sea In Between (2013), The Sheol Express (2011), Ibrahim and the Dreamer (2014)
Writers
Andrew Johnson n/a
Ryan Patch The Offering (2014), The Sea In Between (2013), The Sheol Express (2011), Ibrahim and the Dreamer (2014)
Producers
Ryan Patch The Offering (2014), The Sea In Between (2013), The Sheol Express (2011), Ibrahim and the Dreamer (2014)
Andrew Johnson n/a
Camera By
Jimmy Chalk
Philip Anema
Gabriel Telles
Ryan Patch
Original Score By
Andres Soto
Edited By
Ryan Patch

Director: Andrew Johnson & Ryan Patch
Andrew Johnson (co-director/co-producer) is a sociologist and filmmaker, passionate about presenting social science research in a compelling way through film. He is currently a research associate with CRCC’s Religious Competition and Creative Innovation (RCCI) initiative. He spent the last year as a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University, working there on a book that will accompany “If I Give My Soul”.
He conducted the research inside of Rio de Janeiro’s prisons as member of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative and is interested in studying religious practice on the margins of society.

Andrew received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2012. Before entering the doctoral program at Minnesota, he served as a Foreign Service officer in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and worked at the U.S. Embassies in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and Brasilia, Brazil.

Ryan Patch (co-director/co-producer, editor) cut his teeth telling campfire stories in the mountains of his native Colorado. He attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and recently completed a Master’s in Screenwriting at Royal Holloway, University of London. He works as a director, producer, writer, and story consultant on narrative, commercial, and documentary projects.
Ryan is the owner of Storytellers Ink, a full-service creative production house for documentary and commercial films. His short The Offering, which is currently on the festival circuit, was selected for the prestigious Palm Springs International ShortFest and awarded Vimeo’s “Short of the Week.” Other films include Ibrehim and the Dreamer, which he shot in Africa with an all-indigenous cast; The Sheol Express, now available on iTunes; and the documentary feature The Sea in Between.

Ryan splits time between New York and DC, and sometimes things go horribly wrong and he lands in South Jersey. When he’s not fine-tuning his latest project, you can find him searching for NY-style pizza in Washington, rock climbing, or pouring a bourbon-heavy cocktail for friends.

Director’s Statement
I am not a filmmaker.
However, the moment that I checked into prison in Rio de Janeiro, I knew that, whatever it took, I needed to make a film. I was there to document religion in the prisons of the city from a sociological standpoint, but the first time that I heard, smelled, and felt what it was like to be inside these jails, I knew academic writing could not begin to convey the intense emotion in the cells.
I was even more convinced of this when I began to attend the prisoner-led worship services in the jails and knew that I simply could not communicate what I was experiencing. So, over the course of three years, my co-director Ryan and I shaped and formed the documentary that has become “If I Give My Soul” to try to tell even a small part of the stories that I came to know while researching behind bars.
At a time when the United Sates is having much-needed discussions about the role that race plays in our society, this film shows how similar race dynamics are playing out in Rio de Janeiro, and empowers several men from oppressed and shunned people groups a chance to tell their stories. We are excited to submit “If I Give My Soul” to your Festival for this reason and hope that you and your audiences will join us in this conversation.
Andrew Johnson

If I GIve My Soul Production Pictures

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