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Jesus Camp -- A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.

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Release Date:
18 April 2007 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
America is being born again
Plot:
A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Culture War goes to summer camp. See more (222 total) »

Cast

 
Lou Engle ... Himself

Becky Fischer ... Herself

Ted Haggard ... Himself

Mike Papantonio ... Himself - Commentator

Directed by
Heidi Ewing 
Rachel Grady 
 
Produced by
Laura Bell .... imaging producer
Nancy Dubuc .... executive producer
Heidi Ewing .... producer
Jannat Gargi .... producer: imaging
Rachel Grady .... producer
Ryan Harrington .... managing producer: A&E IndieFilms
Jacquelyn Shulman .... associate producer
Molly Thompson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Force Theory 
Neill Sanford Livingston  (as Sanford Livingston)
Michael Furjanic (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Mira Chang 
Jenna Rosher 
 
Film Editing by
Enat Sidi 
 
Art Department
Marc Corsiglia .... graphics designer
 
Sound Department
Margaret Crimmins .... additional sound designer
Michael Furjanic .... sound designer
David Glaser .... sound mixer: Gizmo Enterprises Inc.
Greg Smith .... additional sound designer
 
Visual Effects by
Mark A. Brown .... digital film services (as Marc Brown)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nina Davenport .... additional camera operator
Alan Deutsch .... additional camera operator
Tony Hardmon .... additional camera operator
Andrew Jansen .... Steadicam operator
Corey Kohn .... still photographer
Jacquelyn Shulman .... additional camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Marc Brown .... film output: digital intermediate
Scott P. Doniger .... on-line editor: Full Circle Post (as Scott Doniger)
Dara Kell .... additional editor
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Minnea Lin .... additional editor
Bill Scott .... senior color timer
 
Music Department
Neill Sanford Livingston .... musician (as Sanford Livingston)
J.J. McGeehan .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Rose Agger .... production intern
Kathy Avril .... production intern
Maria Cataldo .... production intern
Victoria S. Cook .... legal counsel: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Marc Corsiglia .... title designer
Sam Cotler .... production intern
Anna Liese Gaeta .... production intern
Salil Gandhi .... legal counsel: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz
Christina Gonzalez .... production assistant
Naomi Goodman .... production intern
Brent Hansford .... production intern
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Kris Kaczor .... production intern
Arlin Kelly .... production intern
Darlene Lin .... production intern
Alex Linsker .... production intern
Maya Mumma .... production intern
Katie Paddock .... production intern
Joanna Parson .... production intern
Timiza Sanyika .... production intern
Tony Shaff .... production intern
Josiah Signor .... production intern
Thom Woodley .... production intern
 

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Rated PG-13 for some discussions of mature subject matter
Runtime:
84 min | USA:87 min | Austria:58 min (TV version)
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Trivia:
Since the making of the film, Becky Fischer, children's pastor for Kids on Fire, announced that due to negative reactions to the camp after the film, including telephone calls and vandalism, the camp, which was held once a year for three weeks, has been discontinued indefinitely and will be replaced by other events.See more »
Quotes:
Becky Fischer:And while I'm on the subject, let me say something about Harry Potter. Warlocks are the enemies of God! And I don't care what kind of hero they are, they're an enemy of God and had it been in the Old Testament, Harry Potter would have been put to death!
Crowd:Amen!
Becky Fischer:You don't make heroes out of warlocks!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Spirit In the SkySee more »

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How do I grow a killer rat tail like Levi in Jesus Camp?
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439 out of 487 people found the following review useful.
The Culture War goes to summer camp., 16 June 2006
Author: A.J. LaFollette from Rockville, MD

I saw this film at the Silverdocs festival, expecting it to be little more than an oddball slice of Americana, but I was pleasantly surprised.

"Jesus Camp" revolves around a pentecostal minister who hosts a summer camp for children in North Dakota, and the sectarian Christian conservative families who send their children to this camp. Directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady wisely chose to avoid the polemical tone of most politically-motivated films, and instead opt to present a mostly unfiltered glimpse of this odd subculture. But through carefully selected images and the use of talk radio commentary as a framing device, they construct a subtle, yet damning narrative about a religious movement that isolates its children from mainstream culture, indoctrinates them into right-wing causes, and uses them as political props.

At Jesus Camp, the daily activities include standard camp fare such as spelunking and go-karts, but they also include speaking in tongues and smashing coffee mugs emblazoned with the word "government". Children learn that "science doesn't prove anything," and learn to consider themselves part of an Army of God. They are compelled to pledge that they will fight to end abortion. They are even pushed into publicly confessing their impure thoughts, and many of them cry and wail charismatically.

The camp director explains that she admires the way Islamic cultures raise children so devoted they will risk their lives for their faith. When we ultimately see several of the campers being placed by their parents on the steps of the Capitol with tape over their mouths, protesting abortion, the real purpose of this camp is driven home.

But the most touching scenes are the ones where the children are alone, and we see the ways that this indoctrination creeps into the most innocent elements of childhood. 11 year old Tori loves dancing to Christian rock, but frets that it's not always easy to dance for God instead of "dancing for the flesh." On an outing to the bowling alley, 9 year old Rachael feels compelled to walk up to strangers and awkwardly evangelize to them, without being prompted. A roomful of boys telling ghost stories after dark are interrupted by an adult who warns them about stories that don't glorify God.

No doubt some viewers will accuse the filmmakers of the dreaded liberal bias. But this is not a work of fiction, nor is it slanted reporting. These are real people and real events, captured on film. If the evangelical movement comes off badly in this film, the people on screen have no one but themselves to blame.

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