Preacher With an Unknown God

Root Event

werkleitz Biennale 2006 Happy Believers

Parent Event

Preacher With an Unknown God
US 2005
Preacher With an Unknown God

Rob VanAlkemade accompanies Reverend Billy and The Church of Stop Shopping during their ten-day ‘Stop Big Boxes’ tour through California. The professed targets of the Reverend’s eccentric actions are chains such as Starbucks or WalMart. Exorcism is performed on cash registers or hypnotizing sermons are given, during which the main protagonist occasionally loses consciousness after establishing contact with the credit cards of his parishioners. The documentation ends in New York, shortly after the Republican National Convention. Reverend Billy is arrested on Times Square when calling upon the public to use their creativity and reduce shopping with all means.

(Introduction by Angelika Richter)

16 min, video, English