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Adetola Abiade ... Alto
Paul Allen ... Tenor
Paul Norman Allen ... Paul
Paul Norman Allen ... Tenor
Shannon Baxter ... Soprano
Rick Becker ... Trombone
James Solomon Benn ... Choir Director / Choreographer
Reverend Billy ... Reverend Billy
Ben Cerf ... Bass
Misun Choi ... Soprano
Ben Dubin-Thaler ... Bass
Savitri Durkee ... Church Director
Leah Farrell ... Tenor

Gina Figueroa ... Alto
Mike Flthye ... Drums
Donald Gallagher ... Bass
Jerry Goralnick ... Bass

Amber Gray ... Alto
Mark Harder ... Bass
Julio Herrera ... Piano
Marianne Hodge ... Tenor
Monica Hunken ... Soprano
Saru Jayaraman ... Soprano
Eric Johnson ... Drums
Nasser Kagiri ... Drums
Gwen Kash ... Alto
Valerie Kelley ... Tenor
Barbara Lee ... Soprano
Katrina Lewis ... Piano
Chantel Cherisse Lucier ... Alto
Anna-Sara Malmgren ... Alto
Meredith Manna ... Alto
Derrick McGinty ... Tenor
William Moses
Urania Mylonas ... Alto
Madeline Nelson ... Alto
Laura Newman ... Soprano
Andrew Pacho ... Tenor
Stefani Peikin ... Soprano
Pearl Quick ... Tenor
Precious Quick ... Tenor

John Quilty ... Tenor
Maraluna Rivas ... Tenor
Sari Rubenstein ... Alto
Sarah Schol ... Soprano
Judy Sky ... Soprano
Michele Smith ... Alto
Nate Stevens ... Bass
Sasha Sumner ... Sax
Lizzie Steelheart Taubeneck ... Soprano
Mark Tipton ... Trumpet
Rick Ulfik ... Piano
Francisco Valera ... Bass

Directed by
Rob VanAlkemade 
Produced by
Jeremy Chilnick .... co-producer
Andie Grace .... associate producer
Peter D. Hutchison .... producer
Stacey Offman .... producer
Morgan Spurlock .... producer
Felix Werner .... executive producer
Kathrin Werner .... executive producer
Jedd Wider .... executive producer
Todd Wider .... executive producer
Original Music by
Steve Horowitz 
William Moses 
Cinematography by
Alan Deutsch 
Daniel Marracino 
Martin Palafox 
Alex Stikich 
Rob VanAlkemade 
Film Editing by
Gavin Coleman 
Stela Georgieva 
Casting by
Carmen Cuba 
Production Management
Stuart Macphee .... post-production supervisor
Jennifer Sheppard .... production manager
Art Department
Misti Boland .... art assistant
Sound Department
Andy Kris .... re-recording mixer
Ben Logan .... sound mixer (2007)
Aaron Saddler .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Zach Graber .... digital artist
Joe Guillette .... visual effects
Richard Nehmad .... visual effects
Jonah Tobias .... digital artist
Camera and Electrical Department
A.J. Catoline .... camera operator
Sam Cullman .... camera operator
Thomas Desch .... camera operator (as Tom Desch)
Sam Eaton .... camera operator
Clay Gresham .... camera operator
Steven Gurley .... camera operator
Nadia Hallgren .... camera operator
Damian Kolodiy .... camera operator
Sergei Krasikov .... camera operator (as Sergei Krasikau)
Damian Kussian .... additional camera operator
Leo Lawrence .... camera operator
Mark Leisher .... camera operator
Daniel Levin .... camera operator
Daniel Liss .... camera operator
Cybel Martin .... camera operator
Taylor Martyn .... camera operator (Taylor, Martin)
Cori McKenna .... camera operator
Amanda Micheli .... camera operator
Michael Moore .... camera operator
Jeremy Osbern .... additional cinematographer
Dan Parsons .... additional cinematographer
Karen Pelland .... camera operator
Dietmar Post .... camera operator
Mitchell Reichler .... camera operator
Richard Sandler .... camera operator
Jamie Saunders .... camera operator
Jon Shenk .... camera operator
William C. Talen .... camera operator
Lucian Tion .... camera operator
John W. Walter .... camera operator (as John Walter)
Casting Department
Melissa Patson .... field casting producer
Editorial Department
Katrina Mann .... assistant editor
Brian Reali .... digital intermediate producer
Ira Schweitzer .... colorist
John W. Wayland .... additional editor
Music Department
Jessica Delfino .... composer: additional music
William Moses .... composer: original music
William Moses .... music by
Other crew
Kiki Allgeier .... production assistant
Gregory W. Bauer .... lead transcriber
Barry Boen .... production assistant
Evan Cutler .... story consultant
Carrie Dacre .... production assistant
Winston Emano .... film publicist
Joanna Forscher .... field coordinator (as Joanna Chejade-Bloom)
Jessie Henderson .... researcher
David Magdael .... publicist
Colin Mann .... production assistant
Brian Mazzola .... production assistant
Jamin Mendelsohn .... production assistant
Dana Palmer .... production office manager
Karen Pelland .... story editor
Zachary A. Schwartz .... researcher
Lisa Sergeant .... field coordinator
Dia Sokol Savage .... story editor (as Dia Sokol)
Julie Talen .... story consultant
Brian Walstad .... key production assistant
Nina Hodge .... production assistant (uncredited)
Anne Stulz .... publicist (uncredited)

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Rated PG for thematic material and brief mild language
91 min (DVD)
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22 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
A d-i-y on overturning the market stalls, 16 August 2007
Author: Chris_Docker from United Kingdom

What would Jesus buy? Having written to my local preacher at the tender age of 16 (to renounce formally any connection with a faith that I find repugnant), my answer would probably be, "I couldn't give a monkey's." But lest you be put off this rather entertaining documentary, let me reassure you it is not really about religion. Reverend Billy, its key protagonist, is not really a Reverend. And the Jesus catchline is simply to question your unserving faith to the more mundane god of cash-registers.

Think Michael Moore, Ali G, Aaron Barschak, or Super Size Me. Reverend Billy is a character created by actor-comedian Bill Talen, often accompanied by his accomplished artist-wife Savitri Durkee (Director of the 'Church of Stop Shopping'). Then there's the acoustically accomplished 'Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir'. Think protests in Starbucks, Walmart, Times Square and Disneyland. Rage against globalisation. Consumerism. The ever-increasing debt. Use the feelgood singalong style of modern Jesus-music-churches. Find a tagline line such as 'the true meaning of Christmas.' Get taken seriously faster than you can say, "thanks for the donation" (Billy's organisation is tax-deductible – yes, really).

Reverend Billy has even started to believe in himself. But is the message any good? Before we answer that question, let's ask if it is entertaining. The answer has to be, yes. Bill Talen is no Aaron Barschak, causing public disruption for the sake of it or begging for recognition. Firstly, he's actually funny. An accomplished entertainer, his puns and loaded lines are devilishly perfected. Visually, he looks like a slightly scary caricature of Elvis, shock of blonde hair balancing precariously on a less than angelical face. Wife Savitri coaches him before delivering the gospel: "Keep your eyes open really wide as you say that . . ." Secondly, he can persuade people he loves them before tearing them to shreds. A sort of Ali G on coke. Let us sing to the Lord, he exhorts on people's doorstep at Yuletide. He hands them a carol sheet. After a traditional start, they realise the lyrics they are singing have been altered. Firstly to damn with praise, then to excoriate. Big businesses, and the shopping sprees that support them, cast into hell. His tour bus meets local churchmen who think he's a holy crusader. Disneyworld-goers think he's part of the entertainment - till he gets arrested. Billy has been arrested many, many times.

Thirdly (just like the many churches, sceptics might argue), he pulls people in with enough factoids to convince them he knows what he's talking about. Slave labour in China. The horrors of globalisation. Families facing life-ruining debt brought on by merciless advertising. "Give something that costs nothing!" he exhorts. The highly simplified arguments are enough to arouse the emotions of the Outraged Campaigner in any of us. Enough to grab the brain as it hesitates precariously between thinking and laughter.

Billy walks into a shop and does a 'Laying of Hands' on the cash register. In confessional, he tells a girl she did the right thing for taking a pair of scissors to a dress she was trying on in a store ("It didn't fit"). He 'exorcises' a local Walmart from the nearby graveyard. It's very funny to watch . . . but let's face it, we're laughing at other people's expense. People who are mostly too polite to be as rude as he is to them. Do you want someone disrupting your hard-earned day out at Disneyland? When you're shopping for your kids' Christmas presents, presents you might be lucky enough to afford, do you want a preacher-lookalike telling you it's evil? There is a deep synergy between the Church, Christmas, and the commercialism that mutually reinforces that date in the calendar.

But to more serious issues for a moment. Reverend Billy (or Billy Talen) has his heart in the right place, but this stuff about boycotting goods from sweatshops abroad . . . It has been extensively proved, by trial error sadly, to do more harm than good. It tends to close the sweatshop and drive employees into begging and prostitution. Answers, sadly, are more complex than this juvenile barrage of love-and-peace would have us believe. They involve economic and ethical strategies, not a simple cutting-off of offending parties. Debt reduction is not about preaching the real meaning of Christmas (which Talen, as a strictly lapsed believer, is less than convincing about), but more about education and counselling. His point on 'giving something that you have created, or a song,' maybe gets close. Putting more love than just cash into presents. But his roadshow may be too commercial to sway most film-goers' hearts.

I would hate to be one to judge the Reverend Billy. He might do a Bono and or really make a difference. Or he might just be the lever that lets an ever bigger business concern reinvent itself. That concern, of course, being one of the most powerful financial conglomerates in the USA and the world today: Jesus' church itself.

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