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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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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:
A fascinating look into evangelical subculture through the eyes of children See more (232 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
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84 min | USA:87 min | Austria:58 min (TV version)
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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:
Rachel:There are certain churches, they're called "dead churches," and the people there, they sit there, like this
[blank stare monotone]
Rachel:- "We worship you God, we worship you God."... The churches that God likes to go to, are churches where they're jumping up and down, shouting his name, and just praising him, they're not acting - they're not quiet
[pious frown monotone]
Rachel:"We worship you... ," they're
[exuberant jumping]
Rachel:"Hallelujah God!" And depending on how they invite him, he'll be there, or not.
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How do I grow a killer rat tail like Levi in Jesus Camp?
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253 out of 302 people found the following review useful.
A fascinating look into evangelical subculture through the eyes of children, 12 August 2006
Author: pomonabrian from Washington, DC

I saw this film at SilverDocs, a documentary film festival at the American Film Institute in Silver Spring. It's excellent, and I highly recommend it.

The basic storyline follows a year in the lives of three children from evangelical Christian families in Missouri, and focuses considerably on their experience at an evangelical summer camp ("Kids on Fire" in Devil's Lake, ND). The kids, 12-year-old Levi, 10-year-old Tory, and 9-year-old Rachel are, of course, endearing in their cuteness, but frightening in their fervor. Levi thinks that he will become a pastor, and his preaching to kids is starkly reminiscent of the Bible thumpers of Sunday morning TV. At camp, Tory is shown several times with tears streaming down her face, not least when a pro-life leader comes and distributes miniature plastic fetuses to illustrate the evil of abortion and again when many kids at camp begin speaking in tongues. Rachel, a nine-year-old evangelist, walks up to perfect strangers to ask them if they believe they're going to heaven and whether they would like to talk about Jesus. In short, the kids are the perfect spokespeople for the Jesus movement.

The documentary goes beyond their experiences at camp and paints a vivid image of the evangelical subculture in middle America. From scenes with a mother home schooling her son on the lunacy of evolution to kids at camp praying fervently for a cardboard cutout of George W Bush, the tenacious beliefs of the subjects and their utter lack of doubt is striking. The infusion of politics into religion is also notable, as the children are told of the evils of homosexuality, that prayer in school is necessary for schools to teach effectively, and that America is responsible for the deaths of fifty million innocent children since 1973. The families even travel to Washington to protest in front of the Supreme Court building.

The most awkward parts of the movie were scenes with Mike Papantonio, an Air America radio host. I felt the scenes involving him seemed a little forced, although a conversation at the end between the charismatic camp director, Becky Fischer, and Papantonio was an interesting microcosm of the larger political debate in this country. Interestingly, during a film festival question and answer session with the producers (Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady), they indicated that Papantonio was a late addition to the film because without him, there was no conflict. The people in the film were so sure of their beliefs that nothing in the movie showed them wavering. I wonder if the film might not have been stronger if they had left that sense of certainty alone.

Ewing and Grady also chose to use the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court as a thread to tie the film together. Unfortunately, none of the subjects of the documentary spent much time talking directly about the Supreme Court. They talked about some of the issues that the Supreme Court might deal with, but the nomination of judges didn't seem to be a big factor in their lives. There were a few scenes in which radio announcers and guest speakers at the camp encouraged the families to pray for the nomination of judges who agree with evangelical Christians, but I didn't think that there was enough to hold that particular thread together.

During the question and answer session, Ewing and Grady indicated that while they were both fairly secular, big city Democrats, they honestly liked the people in the documentary. In their view, the people in the documentary followed the law, and they worked to make the country better as they saw it, so what's wrong with that? They expressed interest in making a follow-up movie in five years to see whether the kids' faith survives puberty. It would certainly be an interesting experiment. They indicated that Fischer and the families that were profiled had seen the final project and thought that it was a fair representation of their lives. Fischer even thought that she could use it as an evangelical tool! At the same time, the audience I saw it with was overwhelmingly liberal and they also reacted positively (and, I'll say, with a fair degree of shock). To me, that says that Ewing and Grady did a nice job of ensuring that their biases did not show through into the movie, leaving audiences to read into it as they choose.

In sum, Jesus Camp is a movie that is worth watching. If you get a chance, see this film!

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