Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Drama and Communications


Drama and Communications

Major Professor

Hank, Steve

Second Advisor

Mandic, Miroslav

Third Advisor

Katrovas, Richard


Jacob Hawke, a documentary photographer, returns to his long forsaken West Virginia hometown roots to document the activities of a Christian serpent handling church, of which his father is pastor. Jacob, a non-believer, is caught in an emotional vortex consisting of his hatred for his father (whom he abandoned after his mother was killed in a serpent-handling incident) and his growing attraction to Minnie, an enigmatic member of the Signs Following Church. Jacob is slowly lured by the strength of faith demonstrated by the community and must come to terms with his relationship with his father and make a crucial decision about his future.


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