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The movie Santa doesn't want you to see!
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An examination of the commercialization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the... See more » | Full synopsis »
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What Would Jesus Buy?
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 16 November 2007)

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Cast

 
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
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
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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 .... sound 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
 
Other crew
Kiki Allgeier .... production assistant
Gregory W. Bauer .... lead transcriber
Barry Boen .... production assistant
Joanna Chejade-Bloom .... field coordinator
Evan Cutler .... story consultant
Carrie Dacre .... production assistant
Winston Emano .... film publicist
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
Darnina Hodge .... production assistant (uncredited)
Anne Stulz .... publicist (uncredited)
 

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Rated PG for thematic material and brief mild language
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31 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Very funny film about American Consumer Culture, 11 March 2007
Author: JustCuriosity from Austin, TX, United States

What Would Jesus Buy premiered tonight at SXSW in Austin, TX in front a crowd over a thousand people at Austin's Paramount theater. It was very well-received by the crowd. After the premiere, the director, producer Morgan Spurlock, Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir all appeared on stage to do a song and take questions.

What Would Jesus Buy is a very funny film with a very serious subject (following in the same sort of path blazed by Morgan Spurlock in Super Size Me). The film follows the choir while it tours America between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Both the film and Rev. Billy ask Americans to re-examine their values and really the true meaning of Christmas (and Christianity in America) which should be about God's presence in the world, helping the needy, and loving those close to you. The film implies that in today's America people use Christmas to try to buy love with material gifts rather than to really demonstrate true love to their family and friends. Unfortunately, Christmas has become a celebration not of Christianity, but of America's true religious pagan secular materialism.

The film also takes on the American corporations that exploit Christmas buy selling us junk we don't need. It shows how many Americans are addicted to credit card debt. In particular it takes on Disney and Wal-Mart. It specifically points out the harm done by buying stuff at Wal-Mart that was made by kids working in sweatshops at slave wages in the Third World. It also showed how Wal-Mart undermines local businesses and how Disney markets a world of fantasy and illusion. It does all of in a very humorous manner through satirical singing of Christmas songs and attempting to show people the destructive nature of consumerism. The film is an effective message film with an important lesson that Americans need to hear.

Sometimes the film seemed to bury its message under so much humor that the message seemed to get a little lost amidst the attempt to entertain. It also tended to offer a lot more of a critique of globalization and consumerism without really offering clear answers or solutions. Finally, I think its fair to wonder how effective Rev. Billy's techniques are. Most of the spectators watching their antics looked more befuddled and confused than they did convinced by their message.

Nevertheless, despite these weakness, this is an excellent and important film and I hope that many Americans get a chance to view it and learn from it. It raises more questions than it answers, but just starting a discussion of consumerism would be a step in the right direction.

Incidentally, folks who like this film should also check out the 2006 film (now on DVD) "Freedom Fries: And Other Stupidity We'll Have to Explain to Our Grandchildren" in which Rev. Billy also appears in a cameo role. It links consumerism to American politics and notes the absurdity that after 9/11 Americans were told that the answer to terrorism was to go shopping or the terrorists would win. Both films approach similar issues in humorous ways.

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