Gravitas Ventures | Release Date: November 16, 2007
Summary: From producer Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me") and director Rob VanAlkemade comes a serious docu-comedy about the commercialization of Christmas. Bill Talen was a lost idealist who hitchhiked to New York City only to find that Times Square was becoming a mall. Spurred on by the loss of his neighborhood and inspired by the sidewalk preachers around him, Bill bought a collar to match his white caterer's jacket, bleached his hair and became the Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping. Since 1999, Reverend Billy has gone from being a lone preacher with a portable pulpit preaching on subways, to the leader of a congregation and a movement whose numbers are well into the thousands. Through retail interventions, corporate exorcisms, and some good old-fashioned preaching, Reverend Billy reminds us that we have lost the true meaning of Christmas. What Would Jesus Buy? is a journey into the heart of America – from exorcising the demons at the Wal-Mart headquarters to taking over the center stage at the Mall of America and then ultimately heading to the Promised Land … Disneyland. (Palisades Pictures)
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Rating: Rated PG for thematic material and brief mild language.
Production: Palisades Pictures
Genres: Comedy, Documentary
Country: USA
Language: English
Home Release Date: May 27, 2008
Director Credit
Rob VanAlkemade Director
Cast Credit
Adetola Abiade Alto
Ben Cerf Bass
Ben Dubin-Thaler Bass
Gina Figueroa Alto
James Solomon Benn Choir Director/Choreographer
Leah Farrell Tenor
Mike Flthye Drums
Misun Choi Soprano
Paul Allen Tenor
Paul Norman Allen Tenor
Reverend Billy Reverend Billy
Rick Becker Trombone
Savitri Durkee Church Director
Shannon Baxter Soprano
Producer Credit
Andie Grace Associate Producer
Felix Werner Executive Producer
Jedd Wider Executive Producer
Jeremy Chilnick Co-Producer
Kathrin Werner Executive Producer
Morgan Spurlock Producer
Peter D. Hutchison Producer
Stacey Offman Producer
Todd Wider Executive Producer