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Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping

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Americans, according to Reverend Billy, lead fake lives: we gobble up the mono-culture peddled by transnational conglomerates; we buy whatever stores sell us; and, consequently, we live consumerist fictions. We become, in his words, tourists in our own lives.

Dietmar Post s REVEREND BILLY & THE CHURCH OF STOP SHOPPING focuses on Reverend Billy (NYC performance artist Bill Talens) and his devout group of disciples as they crusade against the synthetic and corruptive aspects of today s hyper-consumerist culture. Talens tirelessly labors to organize actions ranging from choir-singing protests to rooftop speeches that urge people to stop shopping and to realize the threat lurking beneath the veneer of commodification. Concerned with how transnational corporations colonize our mental-scapes and destroy local neighborhoods, the charismatic preacher thrives on staging infiltrations of the Disney Store or boycotts of Starbuck s, even if it means frequent run-ins with the NYPD.

In the style of Direct Cinema, filmmakers Dietmar Post and Lucia Palacios expertly observe - without interruption - Reverend Billy in action and confrontation. As a result, the most rewarding aspect of REVEREND BILLY & THE CHURCH OF STOP SHOPPING is its proficiency in accessing Talens truly human side his humor, self-deprecation, and intelligence which in turn reveals what is genuinely empowering and inspiring about the man and his mission.


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  • 30-Minute Interview with Reverend Billy; Theatrical Trailer; Reverend Billy in Berlin, Spanish and German subtitles

Review

Hallelujah! to Reverend Billy --The Salt Lake Tribune

Product Details

  • Actors: Reverend Billy
  • Directors: Dietmar Post, Lucia Palacios
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: December 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00197PP1C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,490 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping" on IMDb

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Trailer to the film "Reverend Billy & The Church of Stop Shopping". A must see documentary for all people who are interested in the anti-globalization movement. I especially enjoyed the crucified Mickey and Minnie.
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This video highlights the enormous courage & moral fortitude of these good people & their message of how through shopping at their corporate stores we are forever changing the economic landscape of America. We are shopping ourselves right into economic collapse. Amen! Rev. Billy! Amen! A Real Class Act, peppered with a great comedic sensibility!
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Iconoclastic social commentary that will cause billy laughs as the preacher and choir strut out against the new orthodoxy of excess possessions and obsession with shopping. Pope Francis may have gotten some cues from Rev. Billy.
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