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The Catechism Cataclysm -- In this divinely bizarre and funny tale, wild characters infuse stories within stories until the lines between the Bible, Mark Twain, and campfire tales are hilariously blurred.
The Catechism Cataclysm -- Father William Smoortser drops his bible into a toilet at a rest stop just before embarking on a day-long canoe trip, breaking loose all glorious hell.


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Father William Smoortser drops his bible into a toilet at a rest stop just before embarking on a day-long canoe trip, breaking loose all glorious hell. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Judy Findlay ... Old Lady
Carlos Lopez ... Ethnic Ding Dong #1
Derek Erdman ... Ethnic Ding Dong #2
Ronald McGill ... Ethnic Ding Dong #3

Steve Little ... Father William Smoortser
Alice Bridgforth ... Parishoner Linda
Laurel Paxton ... Parishoner Gloria
Kevin Seal ... Parishoner Kevin Seal

Lynn Shelton ... Parishoner Judy
Vinny Smith ... Parishoner Teddy

Andrew Tribolini ... Parishoner Lowery (as Andy Tribolini)
Sharon Vanderveer ... Parishoner Pat
Timothy Watkins ... Father Tim

Wally Dalton ... Father O'Herlihy

Robert Longstreet ... Robbie Shoemaker
Carol Sparer ... Waitress
Shellee Miggins ... Restaurant Patron
Marie Clare Petrich ... Restaurant Patron
Frederick H. Regis III ... Restaurant Patron
C.J. Rose ... Restaurant Patron
Paul Sanchez ... Restaurant Patron
Rylan Morris Scherer ... Restaurant Patron (as Rylan Scherer)
Garrett Cantrell ... Rest Stop Family
Jessica Hutchinson ... Rest Stop Family
Brock Hutchinson ... Rest Stop Family
Sadie Cantrell ... Rest Stop Family
Joe Ivy ... Canoe Shop Owner
Ann Maddox ... Tom Sawyer (as Miki Ann Maddox)

Koko Lanham ... Huckleberry Finn
Rico A. Comic ... Jim (as Rico)
Barbara Pomer ... Milagros Maria
Enrique Olguin ... Miguel

Jay Wesley Cochran ... Depressed Businessman

Ernie Joseph ... Mr. James Sexmun
Dan Leavitt ... Kindly Driver

Directed by
Todd Rohal 
Writing credits
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Todd Rohal  screenplay

Produced by
David Gordon Green .... producer
Megan Griffiths .... producer
Jody Hill .... producer
Gill Holland .... co-producer
Joe Jacobs .... co-producer
Lacey Leavitt .... producer
Robert Longstreet .... executive producer
Danny McBride .... producer
Matt Reilly .... producer
Todd Rohal .... producer
Original Music by
Joseph Stephens 
Cinematography by
Benjamin Kasulke 
Film Editing by
Alan Canant 
Casting by
Megan Griffiths 
Production Design by
Cassie Miggins 
Costume Design by
Alison Kelly 
Makeup Department
Danyale Cook .... hair stylist
Jennifer Popochock .... makeup artist
Michelle Mai Smith .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Becerra .... second assistant director
Megan Griffiths .... assistant director
Kat Ogden .... key second assistant director
Art Department
Tania Kupczak .... graphic design
Shellee Miggins .... art department assistant
Sarah Rogers .... art department assistant
Dori Hana Scherer .... art department assistant
Rylan Morris Scherer .... art department assistant (as Rylan Scherer)
Sound Department
Christopher Koch .... sound re-recording mixer
Jens Larsen .... sound mixer
Randy Matuszewski .... sound designer
Randy Matuszewski .... sound effects editor
Dave Richards .... sound mixer
Matt Sheldon .... sound mixer
Kelsey Wood .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Nate Carvey .... special effects assistant
Mandy Hutchings .... special effects
Kayo Nakamura .... special effects assistant
Visual Effects by
Tim Hutchings .... visual effects
Ron Pippin .... visual effects
Scott Wheeler .... visual effects
Jake Mendez .... visual effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ryan Adams .... second assistant camera
Shaun Bowlby .... key grip
Miles Burnett .... assistant camera
Garrett Cantrell .... key grip
Alex Daboub .... grip
Christian Hansen .... still photographer
Bruce Henderson .... grip
Coty James .... assistant camera
Jason Knoll .... first assistant camera
Jeremy Mackie .... gaffer
Regan MacStravic .... still photographer
Ryan McMackin .... gaffer
Ryan Middleton .... gaffer
Nathan M. Miller .... assistant camera
Nathan M. Miller .... camera operator
Nathaniel Peirson .... electrician
Arthur Reynolds .... best boy
Hillary Spera .... camera operator
Norman Tumolva .... grip
Editorial Department
Joe Jacobs .... assistant editor
Lea Prainsack .... post-production supervisor
Nick Smith .... colorist
Nick Smith .... on-line editor
Music Department
Alexander Kramer .... cello soloist
Jessica McJunkins .... violin soloist
Other crew
Giancarlo Cairella .... restroom maintenance
Kjell Hansen .... Production Assistant
Emily Laue .... craft service
David Morgan .... production coordinator
Dana O'Keefe .... sales agent
Kent Osborne .... cherry cobbler
Kristjan Palsson .... key production assistant
Lance Rosen .... legal services
Will Ryan .... Production Assistant
Sean Walsh .... Production Assistant
Chris Sheridan .... thanks
Jeff Wiens .... thanks

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2 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Too weird to watch, too rare to ignore, 2 July 2013
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

The Catechism Cataclysm is a film that seems to try and do everything in its power to make you not like it. It has a preposterously inconceivable setup, its tone is almost never consistent, it ranges from light-hearted farce to extremely-overwrought satanism at times, shamelessly alienates itself from its audience, and tries to make us side with one of the most grating, ridiculous character an indie film has ever seen.

And yet, I kind of liked it. It has that "simply don't give a damn" charm that works, and its characters, while quite unlikable, accentuate at least some believability. It follows Father Billy (Steve Little), a bumbling doofus of a Catholic priest who meets and reconnects with Robbie (Robert Longstreet), an acquaintance from high school he has since become obsessed with. Robbie is a failed writer and a singer for a cheap, ragtag metal band, and carries his surly, narcissistic attitude with him like a badge of pride.

Father Billy and Robbie embark on a canoeing trip last minute, which results in them getting lost and trying to survive the trip and each other. But the film doesn't stop there; throw in Japanese tourists that look innocuous but are anything but, a bizarre mind-control device, and an extremely uncomfortable but artsy attempt at a satanic trance that looks like it was choreographed by the likes of Rob Zombie.

If writer/director Todd Rohal went into The Catechism Cataclysm (which will also go down as one of the most fun films to say) with the mindset of making one of the strangest, most baffling independent comedies in recent years then he succeeded. It's one thing to wince at a film's comedy rather than laugh as you're supposed to, but I wasn't sure rather to wince or to laugh at the humor the film presents. It functions in that odd, extremely rare crack of absurdist craziness and careless farce that leaves you either unamused or consumed with hilarity. Or, like me, in a state of admiration and disappointment.

However, I can't say I knew what to expect watching the film. Something along the lines of the wonderful independent films of the last couple of years rather than something that channels the boundaries of an episode of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. Absurdist humor and the act of laughing at something that theoretically isn't funny only goes so far with me. At times cute and amusing, it can also verge on the fence of being repetitive and often only used for shock-value or for those occasion, uncertain laughs. The Catechism Cataclysm is filled with the so-called "uncertain laughs," but also features some surprising moments of entertainment and likability.

That is quite the remark seeing as I began the film almost completely loathing the Father Billy character. Characters that are drawn for the purpose of being unlikable because of something they bring on themselves (in this case clinginess, a sense of importance, childish behavior, and a lack of maturity). For this reason, it is shocking to see Father Billy go from intolerable to shockingly watchable when him and Robbie begin to realize they're lost on the river and talk aimlessly for a lengthy amount of time.

This is a rocky, directionless film indeed. The first twenty-five minutes are difficult to get into but acceptable in their own way, the following thirty are pretty good and pack in the film's strongest points, and the final twenty minutes or so become flabby and signify this film would've been more practical and justifiable as a short than a seventy-five minute feature. I can't honestly recommend the film - it's way too uneven and intentionally baffling - and, yet, it's too intriguing to be ignored on another level.

Starring: Steve Little and Robert Longstreet. Directed by: Todd Rohal.

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