Thats right, Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping an evangelical faux-preacher with a six-inch-tall pompadour and an even bigger axe to grind with consumerism. Billy started his church eight years ago under the promise of exorcising the demons from the cash registers, and today his congregation numbers in the thousands. So last year, when Billy embarked on a cross country tour to stop the Shopocalypse (a hellfire and brimstone sort of reckoning stemming from over-consumption), producer Morgan Spurlock of Super Size Me fame decided to tag along and chronicle the journey. The resulting doc, What Would Jesus Buy?, tempers Billys exaggerated persona (see Billy extract the evil from a Wal-Mart sign while speaking in tongues!) with poignant messages. (Somethings wrong. Everything here on Main Street U.S.A. is made in China, he says.) It may be too late for your salvation this holiday season, but get a head start for next year when What Would Jesus Buy? screens Friday at 7:45 p.m. at Cinema Paradiso (503 SE 6th St., Fort Lauderdale). Tickets cost $8. Call 954-525-FILM, or visit www.fliff.com.
Fri., Jan. 4, 2008