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IWW film night: “What Would Jesus Buy?”

December 9, 2010

Free Film Screening!
What Would Jesus Buy
Thurs. Dec. 16 at 7p.m.
IATSE Hall, 931 Bridge St. NW

The Shopocalypse is upon us … Who will be $aved?

Do you need some inspiration to overcome the commercialization of Christmas and hell-fires of credit card debt this holiday season? Join Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping for a heartwarming, hilarious and insightful cross-country crusade against consumerism. Co-sponsored by IATSE Local 26 and the Grand Rapids IWW, the film What Would Jesus Buy?  will give you a good laugh along with the wake-up call you need to enter the New Year free from the bonds of over-consumption. Stick around after the film for a good discussion of consumerism in America.

Produced by Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), What Would Jesus Buy? lays bare the commercialization of Christmas.  The film’s Web site elaborates, “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.”

View the trailer.


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