PATRINELL: THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE is a documentary film about Rev. Patrinell “Pat” Staten Wright, an extraordinarily gifted African-American gospel singer who grew up in the segregated South and now strives to maintain the world-famous Total Experience Gospel Choir that she has directed for 45 years in the rapidly changing, historically black neighborhood of Seattle’s Central District.
- Rev. Patrinell Staten Wright
- Rev. Gregory Staten
- Rev. Dr. Samuel Barry McKinney
- Andrew Elizaga
- Katya Palladina
- Andrew Elizaga
- Rev. Patrinell Staten Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir
- TEDDYBOY PRODUCTION L.L.C.
Andrew Elizaga spent his teenage years reading Film Comment magazine and skipping school to watch films in Seattle’s art house cinemas. His documentary filmmaking career grew out of making short videos about sea kayaking, wooden boatbuilding, and traditional arctic kayaks. In partnership with cinematographer Katya Palladina, he has completed a number of short films including three award-winning documentaries A HOSPITAL IN THE PINES, FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT, and DANCING WITH HOPE. His documentary PATRINELL: THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE, co-directed by Tia Young, screened at Seattle Film Festival.
Tia is a Seattle native who joined the Total Experience Gospel Choir as a young girl in 1975. Through the choir she made new friends, learned about African American culture, and traveled for first time. The experience opened her eyes to the possibilities of the world and showed her true friendship within the unity of gospel music: “Throughout all the music, choreography, and performances, I learned the art of giving your best in all you do through true discipline and dedication.” Her documentary PATRINELL: THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE (2019) screened at Seattle FilmFestival.