- What Would Jesus Buy?
name = What Would Jesus Buy?
caption = Theatrical release poster
distributor = Warrior Poets
released = 2007
language = English
imdb_id = 0939681
"What Would Jesus Buy?" is the title of a documentary
filmproduced by Morgan Spurlockand directed by Rob VanAlkemade. The title is a play on the phrase " What would Jesus do?" The film debuted on the festival circuit on March 11, 2007, at the South By Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas. It was released on November 16, 2007. [ [http://www.ioncinema.com/movie.php?id=7754 Information on "What Would Jesus Buy?" at ioncinema.com] ]
The film focuses on the issues of the
commercializationof Christmas, materialism, the over-consumption in American culture, globalization, and the business practices of large corporations, as well as their economic and cultural effects on American society, as seen through the prism of activist/performance artist Bill Talen, who goes by the alias of " Reverend Billy," and his troupe of activists, whose street theaterperformances take the form of a church choircalled "The Church of Stop Shopping," that sings anti-shopping and anti-corporate songs. The film follows Billy and his choir as they take a cross-country trip in the month prior to Christmas 2005, and spread their message against what they perceive as the evils of patronizing the retail outlets of several different large corporate chains.
The film was produced by
Morgan Spurlock, with cinematography by Alan Deutsch, Daniel Marracino, Martin Palafox, Alex Stikich and Rob VanAlkemade. Jeremy Osbern was an additional cinematographer and Michael Moore, Dietmar Post, Jon Shenk, and Martin Taylor were camera operators. The film was edited by Gavin Coleman and Stela Georgieva.
* [http://www.wwjbmovie.com/ Official site]
* [http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/whatwouldjesusbuy/trailer/ Movie Trailer]
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* [http://www.revbilly.com/ Church Of Stop Shopping]
* [http://warrior-poets.com/home.html/ Warrior Poets] - website for producer Morgan Spurlock
* [http://cityfish.org/ Cityfish] - website for director Rob VanAlkemade
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