|Title:||Audience of One|
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|03.16.07||Paramount||This Screening is part of event: South by Southwest 2007|
This was flat-out amazing. I was amazed. I'm still amazed!
It's about this pastor who claims to have received a message from God that he must make a Biblical sci-fi epic movie and this documents that process.
There's a mockumentary made several years ago called ...And God Spoke where a team of filmmakers try to make a movie out of The Bible to horrendous result that I've always had a soft spot for, but this is like that but funnier and also real which makes it sad and a little scary all at the same time.
I feel like there's too much great stuff to mention here, but I will say that the ending blew me away. Just when you think maybe he comes to his senses a bit... nope. He pulls it out. I couldn't stop laughing as he unveiled his 8 arrows, each more fantastic than the last. Unbelievable.
I'd heard that the director and the pastor were here for earlier screenings. I'm sorry to say I didn't get to see him and hear him field some questions, but the silver lining is that the editor was still there and, without either of those guys to monopolize the answers and perhaps spin them toward a polite or vague answer, this dude spilled the dirt. "I'm the editor so I get to say what I thought," he told us as he began to let us know just how real this guy is, how infamous his group is in San Francisco, how much time the director had to spend embedded in the church to get the access he got, and how crazy and scary the whole group is, especially as an example of faith-based reasoning. He said he told the director at one point "I don't know if you realize this, but you're making an Iraq war film," showing that these guys jumped into stuff they no nothing about with no regard for fact or history but firm in the belief that God's behind them.
So the Q&A was enlightening and entertaining, putting a great cap on an amazing film. When we got to the drafthouse afterward both me and Jarrette couldn't stop telling people how great this was.