Armor of God
Armor of God (Dir. Brett Ingram and Jim Haverkamp, 2001, 13 minutes)
Ear-splitting improvisational noise sculpture and Christianity are rarely mentioned in the same breath, but for percussionist Scotty Irving these twin passions form the core of his one-man act, Clang Quartet. Inspired by biblical verse and utilizing homemade instruments, costumes, and found objects, Irving serves up dramatic aural and visual symbolism at unfathomable volumes, challenging his audience to rethink traditional ideas of music and spirituality. When Irving’s motivations for walking so far out on musical and theological limbs are revealed, "the armor of God” becomes a metaphor for the courage to create and the power to silence one’s inner critic.
Armor of God screened on regional PBS, and at more than eighty film festivals, museums, and cinemas around the world, winning nine awards, including five Best Documentary awards, a Juror’s Citation from the Black Maria Film and Video Festival, and a Juror’s Special Award for Cinematography from the Iowa City International Film Festival.