"This year, before being plunged into the pine-scented inferno, I've found salvation in a new movie..."
– Sara Stewart, NY Post
The film focuses on the issues of the commercialization of Christmas, materialism, the over-consumption in American culture, globalization, and the business practices of large corporations, as well as their economic and cultural effects on American society, as seen through the prism of activist/performance artist Bill Talen, who goes by the alias of "Reverend Billy", and his troupe of activists, whose street theater performances take the form of a church choir called "The Church of Stop Shopping," that sings anti-shopping and anti-corporate songs. The film follows Billy and his choir as they take a cross-country trip in the month prior to Christmas 2005, and spread their message against what they perceive as the evils of patronizing the retail outlets of several different large corporate chains.
The film's run time is 90 minutes. We'll have discussion afterward and wrap up at 9:00pm.
Transit/Parking - We encourage the use of public transit (Red Line, #29, #62 and other buses are close). There's also a Divvy station on our corner and a bike rack out on the sidewalk in front of our door.