What Would Jesus Buy?

What Would Jesus Buy?

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Director: Rob VanAlkemade

Cast: Rob VanAlkemade, Reverend Billy

     
 

Bill Talen is a New York-based activist and performance artist who since the late '90s has won notoriety for his character Rev. Billy. Rev. Billy is a wildly charismatic street preacher and self-appointed leader of the Church of Stop Shopping, who began his career speaking out against the gentrification of New York City, the forcedSee more details below

Overview

Bill Talen is a New York-based activist and performance artist who since the late '90s has won notoriety for his character Rev. Billy. Rev. Billy is a wildly charismatic street preacher and self-appointed leader of the Church of Stop Shopping, who began his career speaking out against the gentrification of New York City, the forced renovation of 42nd Street, and his favorite symbol of the evils of international marketing, the Disney Store. Since then, Rev. Billy has expanded his targets to include a number of firms (including Starbucks Coffee and several fast food chains) who engage in unfair labor practices and exploit Third World resources for profit; he also performs with a full gospel choir and a four-piece band as they spread the message of overcoming the consumer culture, speaking with your dollars and questioning what advertising and corporate spokespeople have to say. While Talen's routines started out as comic street theater, he's become recognized as an effective (if deliberately eccentric) advocate for economic justice, and filmmaker Rob VanAlkemade offers an in-depth look at the phenomenon of Rev. Billy in his documentary What Would Jesus Buy? Produced in part by Morgan Spurlock, What Would Jesus Buy? received its world premiere at the 2007 South by Southwest Film Festival.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/2008
UPC:
0829567049525
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
PG
Source:
Virgil Films
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
67,610

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Public access show featuring Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Gospel Choir; Deleted scenes; Original theatrical trailer; Printable lyrics to the Choirs' Christmas carols

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Reverend Billy Participant

Technical Credits
Rob VanAlkemade Director,Cinematographer
Hans ten Broeke Sound/Sound Designer
Jeremy Chilnick Co-producer
Gavin Coleman Editor
Marshall Cordell Executive Producer
Alan Deutsch Cinematographer
Stela Georgieva Editor
Peter Hutchison Producer
Daniel Marracino Cinematographer
William Moses Score Composer
Stacey Offman Producer
Martin Palafox Cinematographer
D. Savitri Producer
Morgan Spurlock Producer
Alex Stikich Cinematographer
Kathrin Werner Executive Producer
Felix Werner Executive Producer
Jedd Wider Executive Producer
Todd Wider Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- What Would Jesus Buy?
1. Nation of Consumers [8:04]
2. I Want [10:15]
3. Drinking Dickens [4:58]
4. Confession [7:32]
5. Perilous Plastic [8:57]
6. Storefront Sermons [10:00]
7. Mall of America [3:52]
8. Shop Locally [15:39]
9. Shopocalypse [9:17]
10. The Promised Land [5:18]
11. Christmas Morning [3:40]
12. Credits [3:24]

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