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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:
Was further proof how far off base militant evangelicalism has become See more (238 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:
[from trailer]
Levi:At five I got saved...
Becky Fischer:Yeah?
Levi:...because I just wanted more of life.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in God Bless America (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
Spirit In the SkySee more »

FAQ

How do I grow a killer rat tail like Levi in Jesus Camp?
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126 out of 147 people found the following review useful.
Was further proof how far off base militant evangelicalism has become, 23 December 2006
Author: samthemacman from Canada

I give this a qualified 7. I give it for the quality of the work in creating this documentary. If I was to rate it because of its subject, I would be dealing with negative numbers! I used to be an ordained minister, a Pentecostal one. This film was very painful for me, for it addressed all the things about modern evangelicalism that is wrong and gave further proof of why hundreds of thousands of evangelicals are leaving organized religion, and are embracing a simpler form of Christianity, one that is relational and community focused, and one that is not political, seeking to see the arm of government Christianized, but rather one has a powerful social element, seeking social change through loving and helping people in our society.

My wife has home-schooled our two daughters all the way through high school. I thank God they are not like these kids. In fact when my kids watched the film they were equally concerned about kids being conditioned and brainwashed! I agreed with them. God has not called children into the work of evangelism, or to be warriors as portrayed in this film. Evangelism is the work of those who are adults and young adults. Children are never shown to be workers in God's Kingdom in the New Testament. We ought to follow that model, rather than brainwashing and abusing children! I am sickened by this film.

Theologically I am equally disturbed by this film. It portrays that evangelicals have held certain beliefs "forever" which is far from the truth. Foundational to the premise of modern evangelicalism is the "teaching" concerning the pre-tribulational rapture of the church. This doctrine is one of the newest, and it was created by and espoused by people who at one time were heretics, and yet is has become the vehicle that drives this engine to have an "end time revival" where these kids will help usher in the Kingdom of God.

My parents were missionaries, as were my in-laws. They gave their adult lives to the cause of Christ (between 45-47 years of ministry). They believed the same doctrine. Jesus was coming at any time. "Don't lay a nest egg for your grandkids!" "Don't conserve the environment, because as soon as Jesus comes, we are out of here!" "Don't save your money, go ahead use credit, for when you are in the rapture, you won't have to pay the bank!" My parents became disappointed when disease came to the door, and illness overtook them, and when death took home the husbands! There was despair, because Jesus did not come to rescue them.

This is the same kind of despair that will overcome these kids who have been brainwashed and abused by these whacko charismatics. I was one. I know how people condition you to respond a certain way.

There is NOTHING remotely like New Testament Christianity in this film. When the pastor compares what she is doing, to what fundamentalist Islam is doing in brainwashing Muslim children, she was correct. These poor kids of evangelical parents are being manipulated and brainwashed, and are as whacko as those who exploit Muslim children. Two wrongs don't make a right.

This film reveals the whacky morality and bad theological world view that exists not only in America, but in Evangelicalism in Canada, and the UK as well. It is a theology that on one hands believes that our countries can be saved by using our children in the propagation of the gospel, through revival and advancing the Kingdom of God. This is not the work of children, and this makes all of this so immoral. Also, it crosses the line where Christians think, falsely, that if they gain political power, that somehow they will be able to Christianize their nations. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Should this ever happen in my country (Canada - I am a Brit who came to Canada with missionary parents, to plant churches in Canada), I would be the first to oppose it, for it would become tyranny and oppression. The ways of the world, including the use of government, is not the way God advances His Kingdom.

God is not in the oppression business, but the liberation business, and more than anything, our kids need to be liberated from this kind of brainwashing! I am ashamed of having been a Pentecostal Evangelical! This film should be used by libertarians and true democrats, be they Christian, secular, or of another faith community, to reveal how dangerous a political Evangelical movement can be, and how dangerous it is to the very idea of a free and open society. Be forewarned this film will disturb you.

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