Still from What Would Jesus Buy
Still from What Would Jesus Buy
 

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What Would Jesus Buy?

by Rob van Alkemade
Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir go on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse.
2007  ·  1h31m  ·  United States
English
About the Film

From director Rob VanAlkemade and producer Morgan Spurlock (SUPER SIZE ME) comes a serious docu-comedy about the commercialization of Christmas. Bill Talen (aka Reverend Billy) was a lost idealist who hitchhiked to New York City only to find that Times Square was becoming a mall. Spurred on by the loss of his neighborhood and inspired by the sidewalk preachers around him, Bill bought a collar to match his white caterer’s jacket, bleached his hair and became the Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping.

Since 1999, Reverend Billy has gone from being a lone preacher with a portable pulpit preaching on subways, to the leader of a congregation and a movement whose numbers are well into the thousands. Through retail interventions, corporate exorcisms, and some good old-fashioned preaching, Reverend Billy reminds us that we have lost the true meaning of Christmas. WHAT WOULD JESUS BUY? is a journey into the heart of America — from exorcising the demons at the Wal-Mart headquarters to taking over the center stage at the Mall of America and then ultimately heading to the Promised Land … Disneyland.

Will we be led like Sheeple to the Christmas slaughter, or will we find a new way to give a gift this Christmas? WHAT WOULD JESUS BUY? may just be the divine intervention we’ve all been searching for. The Shopocalypse is upon us … Who will be $aved?

Upcoming Screenings

Stay tuned for upcoming screenings!

Festivals and Awards
2007
South By South-West Film Festival , Official Selection
In the Press
Review
Producer
Morgan Spurlock
Producer
Stacey Offman
Producer
Peter Hutchison
Producer
Kathrin Werner
Producer
Felix Werner
Producer
Jedd Wider
Producer
Todd Wider
Producer
Steve Horowitz
Producer
William Moses
Producer
Andie Grace
Producer
Jeremy Chilnick
Cinematographer
Alan Deutsch
Cinematographer
Daniel Marracino
Cinematographer
Martin Palafox
Cinematographer
Rob VanAlkemade
Cinematographer
Alex Stikich
Sound Editor
Gavin Coleman
Sound Editor
Stela Georgieva
Soundtrack Composer
Steve Horowitz
Soundtrack Composer
William Moses

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