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Reverend Billy & The Church of Stop Shopping

A film about the political activist and street theatre performer Reverend Billy

Overview

Genre
Human Rights, Society, Arts, Culture, and Politics
Synopsis

Filmmakers Dietmar Post and Lucia Palacios have accompanied the Reverend and his troupe over the period of an entire year. The film follows the Reverend's "shopping interventions/actions" into cultural dead zones within the island of Manhattan such as Starbucks, Disney and the New York University construction site at the Edgar Allan Poe House.
Reverend Billy, a.k.a. Bill Talen, is an actor/performance artist and a leading figure in the anti-globalization movement. His work combines the forces of social and political change with the means of theater arts to counteract our media culture. His artistic and political work is influenced by various concepts of "street theater." His disruptions or "shopping interventions" in public spaces are in the tradition of the Living Theater, José Bové, Lenny Bruce, The Yippies.

Treatment
Show treatment
Stage
finished
Running time
60 minutes

Credits

  • Dietmar Post ... Director, Producer, Camera, Sound
  • Lucia Palacios ... Director, Producer, Camera, Sound
  • Karl-W. Huelsenbeck ... Editor

Production Details

Prod. Co.
play loud! productions
Country
United States
Years of Production
2002
Locations
New York
Prod. Partners
Lucia Palacios P.C.

Distribution Details

Release year
2004
Festivals
Copenhagen, Calgary, Santiago, Tarragona, Barcelona, Chicago, LA, New York
Awards
Tarragona (Spain), Melbourne (Australia)
Distribution
play loud! productions, New Video - Docurama
Broadcast (Acq.)
Swiss TV
Language
English
Subtitles
German, Spanish

Photos

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