The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Lutheran link to 'Get Low'

Imagine showing up with 10,000 others to your own funeral.

Family stories of Elizabeth C. Birkholz, a pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Marietta, Ga., formed the basis of Get Low, starring Robert Duvall as Felix "Bush" Breazeale, a Tennessee man who held a funeral for himself in 1938 while he was still alive.

Birkholz's great-grandfather, Frank Quinn, was the funeral home director, and her grandfather, Frank "Buddy" Robinson, drove the hearse.

The movie was co-written by Birkholz's husband, Scott J. Seeke, pastor of The River Lutheran Church, Alpharetta, Ga. Birkholz and her family were extras in the film.


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