Recommended Viewing

Friends of God: A Roadtrip with Alexandra Pelosi

Documentary filmmaker Alexandria Pelosi tours red state America examining the practices, politics and beliefs of fundamentalist evangelical Christians. Interviewees include Jerry Falwell (who kicked her out on learning that her mother is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) and Ted Haggard, disgraced former leader of the National Association of Evangelicals, and members of the Christian professional wrestling circuit.

Jesus Camp

Jesus Camp follows several young children as they prepare to attend a summer camp where the kids will get their daily dose of evangelical Christianity. Becky Fischer works at the camp, which is named Kids on Fire. Through interviews with Fischer, the children, and others, Jesus Camp illustrates the unswerving belief of the faithful. A housewife and homeschooling mother tells her son that creationism has all the answers. Footage from inside the camp shows young children weeping and wailing as they promise to stop their sinning. Child after child is driven to tears. Juxtapose these scenes with clips from a more moderate Christian radio host (who is appalled by such tactics), and Jesus Camp seems to pose a clear question: are these children being brainwashed?

One Punk Under God

One Punk Under God [DVD]

ONE PUNK, UNDER GOD is an observational documentary series that takes an all-access look inside the life of Jay Bakker and his Revolution ministry in Atlanta, as he faces the struggles of putting together a new generation of Christian punk rockers.

Ordinary Radicals

The Ordinary Radicals - Documentary DVD

In the margins of the United States, there lives a revolutionary Christianity. One with a quiet disposition that seeks to do “small things with great love,” and in so doing is breaking 21st Century stereotypes surrounding this 2000 year old faith. “The Ordinary Radicals” is set against the modern American political and social backdrop of the next Great Awakening. Traveling across the United States on a tour to promote the book “Jesus for President”, Shane Claiborne and a rag-tag group of “ordinary radicals” interpret Biblical history and its correlation with the current state of American politics. Sharing a relevant outlook for people with all faith perspectives, director Jamie Moffett examines this growing movement.

Small Town Gay Bar

Small Town Gay Bar is Malcolm Ingram’s documentary of the search for social support in middle America. One patron relates of their bar, “This is my stress reliever.” Some of those interviewed admit their lives are bifurcated, with one persona allowing them to go to work and “pass” as being like those around them, while their true selves may only emerge when they come through the doors of the bar. The bars become a refuge for the local homosexual, bisexual and transgender communities in what they perceive to be a hostile world. And there is every sign that it is hostile, indeed.

The Story of Stuff

The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard: Book Cover

The Story of Stuff Project’s mission is to build a strong, diverse, decentralized, cross-sector movement to transform systems of production and consumption to serve ecological sustainability and social wellbeing. Our goals are to amplify public discourse on a diverse set of sustainability issues and to facilitate the growing Story of Stuff community’s involvement in strategic efforts to build a more sustainable and just world.

What Would Jesus Buy

What Would Jesus Buy?

An examination of 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.) The film also delves into issues such as the role sweatshops play in America’s mass consumerism and Big-Box Culture. 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.
 

 
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