Hearty Heresy

Speaking of Rev. Billy
November 1, 2007, 1:15 am
Filed under: Consumerism, Jesus, Religion

I got this e-mail just after I posted about Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping:

Dear Friends-

I want to invite you to participate in a noteworthy cause. It’s about sweatshop labor, social justice, and the Big-Box overtaking of America.

From producer Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) and director Rob VanAlkemade, What Would Jesus Buy? examines the commercialization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a cross-country mission to save Christmas from the Shopocalypse (the end of humankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt). From the humble beginnings of preaching at his portable pulpit on New York City subways, to having a congregation of thousands – Bill Talen (aka Rev. Billy) has become the leader of not just a church, but a national movement.

Rev. Billy’s epic journey takes us to chilling exorcisms at Wal-Mart headquarters, to retail interventions at the Mall of America, and all the way to the Promised Land on Christmas Day. The Stop Shopping mission reminds us that even though we may be “hypnotized and consumerized,” we still have a chance to $ave ourselves this Christmas.

You can see the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/wwjbmovie http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/whatwouldjesusbuy/.

Since this is very much a grassroots film release, we wanted to make sure you had the details. I’ve listed the cities, dates, and theaters below that are set. We encourage you to attend the film as a group since it will be a great invitation to discuss the causes and effects of our consumption and how to approach it in your own neighborhood. In the coming days, we’ll have a group sales number available at http://www.wwjbmovie.com.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please let me know. Thank you for your consideration to participate in attend and discuss these very important issues.

All the best,

Zach Kincaid

Now I don’t know Zach Kincaid from Adam, but I appreciate being tipped off about What Would Jesus Buy? I checked out the trailer (and uploaded it to my VodPod, below left) and the movie looks like a serious hoot. I’m definitely planning on seeing it when it comes my way (December 7, Edina, Minnesota). Check the list below for showings in your area. See you at the movies!


Nov 1 – New York, NY – Cinema Village
Nov 1 – Irvine, CA – EDWD Westpark 8
Nov 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Laemmle Sunset 5

Nov 21 – Sacramento, CA – PFR Crest Theatre

Nov 23 – Portland, OR – Cinema 21
Nov 23 – San Francisco, CA – LAND Lumiere 3
Nov 23 – Berkeley, CA – Landmark Shattuck Cinemas

Nov 30 – Baltimore, MD – Charles Theatre
Nov 30 – New Haven, CT – Criterion Cinemas
Nov 30 – Palo Alto, CA – Landmark Aquarius Twin
Nov 30 – Chicago, IL – Landmark Century Center Cinemas
Nov 30 – Seattle, WA – Landmark Seven Gables
Nov 30 – Madison, WI – Marcus Westgate Cinemas
Nov 30 – Santa Barbara, CA – MET Plaza De Oro

Dec 5 – Portland, ME – Movies @ The Exchange

Dec 7 – Denver, CO – Landmark Chez Artiste
Dec 7 – Edina, MN – Landmark Edina 4 Theatre
Dec 7 – Houston, TX – Landmark Greenway 3
Dec 7 – San Diego, CA – Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas
Dec 7 – Dallas, TX – Landmark Magnolia 5 Theatre
Dec 7 – Atlanta, GA – Regal Tara Cinemas
Dec 7 – Austin, TX – Regal Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills
Dec 7 – Tucson, AZ – The Loft Cinema
Dec 7 – Salt Lake City, UT – Tower Theatre

Dec 21 – Albuquerque, NM – Guild Theatre