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

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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
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 .... 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
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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Thought-provoking, if one-sided, documentary, 4 November 2010
Author: Roland E. Zwick ( from United States

The Reverend Billy is clearly a man on a mission: namely, to convince American consumers to tear up their credit cards and stop shopping. Since the Bible tells us that the love of money is the root of all evil, the right good reverend has taken it upon himself to preach the gospel of No Shopping to a world drowning in a sea of Madison Avenue marketing and debt. His congregation even calls itself the Church of Stop Shopping, and every Christmas season, his devoted flock fans out to local malls and shopping centers to preach against the evils of consumerism and to lead exhausted and beleaguered shoppers to redemption.

Rob VanAlkemade's "What Would Jesus Buy?" is a lively and colorful documentary that follows the CCS and its leader as they travel around the country spreading the word to the masses. In the prologue, we're informed that, whereas America "used to be a nation of producers, now we're a nation of consumers." Our savings rate stands at zero, as we groan under mounds of ever-increasing personal debt. Psychologists, in fact, estimate that 15 million Americans may be "clinically addicted" to shopping, and we're told that the nation's citizens spend five times more time shopping in stores (and now on the internet) than praying in church.

This is the situation that Reverend Billy is hell-bent on rectifying. Part religious zealot and part crowd-pleasing showman, Revered Billy is in the time-honored tradition of all those big-haired, fire-and-brimstone preachers who stand on street corners or in the pulpits of churches thunderously decrying the evils of the world and offering personal salvation – only, in his case, it's salvation from the demonic forces of wanton spending. Combining a social message with street-theater and performance art antics like singing anti-commercial Christmas carols to bemused and befuddled audiences, Reverend Billy and his minions have been arrested numerous times for invading retail stores in an attempt to bring a halt to the commerce taking place within them. At one point, they even mount an assault on the nation's ultimate shoppers' Mecca, the Mall of America, where countless pilgrims go every year to bow down and worship the almighty god of consumerism. But Reverend Billy saves his greatest opprobrium for the Walt Disney Corporation, which he sees as a false god – even going so far as refer to Mickey Mouse as his own personal antichrist - dedicated to making money at any cost, including exploiting underpaid workers in Third World countries. The movie also slams what has come to be known as the "Walmart-ization" of America, as more and more mom-and-pop retailers are driven out of business by massive corporations whose sole concern is the bottom line and, thus, have no qualms about shipping many of their jobs overseas.

This affectionate, humor-filled movie makes us complicit in the group's actions, which means we also get to be present for those rare moments of quiet reflection when the participants question just how many people they are actually converting to their creed. But far more often, we see how nothing – not overzealous security forces, not unresponsive crowd, not even a serious bus accident (at which we are present) – can dampen their commitment to their cause.

Of course, the movie, in its passion and zeal for Reverend Billy and what he is advocating, neglects to address the rather obvious counterargument that if people were to stop shopping entirely – especially at Christmas – the economy might come to a screeching halt, resulting in far-reaching harmful consequences for the nation as a whole.

Still, it's hard not to buy at least some of what "What Would Jesus Buy?" is selling.

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