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The Christian Sportsman

Red Wassenich

Sound | ca. 1975

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  •  Brother Heumann and Rev. Tommy Utt meet 
  •  Brother Heumann and Rev. Tommy Utt go to meet Jesus 
  •  Brother Heumann, Rev. Tommy Utt, and Jesus walk to hunting spot 
  •  Brother Heumann, Rev. Tommy Utt, and Jesus run to get out of the rain 
  •  Brother Heumann, Rev. Tommy Utt, and Jesus take shelter from rain inside a car 
  •  They decide it is too wet to go hunting, have target practice instead 
  •  Begin target practice, using bibles 
  •  Prayer after target practice 
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"The Christian Sportsman" is 1970s amateur film that aired on community-access television in Austin. A parody of The American Sportsman—a contemporary television show in which celebrities go hunting and fishing with sportscaster Curt Gowdy—the film follows two evangelists, Rev. Tommy Utt (played by Skip Slyfield) and Brother Heumann (Red Wassenich), on a hunting trip with Jesus (John White). The Heumann character in the film came from "The Brother Heumann Show," a fake evangelical radio program for the phony Church of the Coincidental Metaphor that Wassenich and his friends produced. It was broadcast on Mexican radio station XEG in the 1970s. The group of Austinites decided to make an amateur film about their radio character after teaming up with an aspiring filmmaker from Fort Worth, who provided the filming equipment, shooting location, and talented dog.