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By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

TONIGHT: Reeler Screening Series Resumes with Preview of 'Jesus Camp'

What with festivals, markets, premieres and all the big changes headed this site’s way in the next month, I am getting my last will and testament ready for my survivors lest the G-forces shred me on the run. I should outlast the strain for at least a few days, which implies that tonight’s Reeler Screening Series preview of the trenchant, terrifying documentary Jesus Camp will unspool with nary a hitch.
Directors Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing will be in attendance at Makor to discuss their work and take your questions. I pledge to stay out of the way where possible. Tickets are still available at Makor’s Web site; $15 is a minor price to pay for the film’s fine brand of shock, awe and anguish, and the 7:30 start time allows you a little while after work to be alone with your old self before the doc’s subjects–Evangelical Christian camp leader Becky Fischer (above) and her flock of child proselytizers–capture your heart. And break it.
Find all the pertinent time and location specifics following the jump; I am praying mightily to see you there.

Directors: Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. 2006. 86 min.
Monday, Sept. 18, 2006 — 7:30 p.m.
Makor / Steinhardt Center — 35 W. 67th Street
Event Link: http://www.92y.org/shop/event_detail.asp?productid=T-MM5FS11&adsource=mb_0828&xad=mb_0828
JESUS CAMP, directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (THE BOYS OF BARAKA), follows Levi, Rachael, and Tory to Pastor Becky Fischer’s “Kids on Fire” summer camp in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, where kids as young as 6 years old are taught to become dedicated Christian soldiers in “God’s army.” The film follows these children at camp as they hone their “prophetic gifts” and are schooled in how to “take back America for Christ.” The film is a first-ever look into an intense training ground that recruits born-again Christian children to become an active part of America’s political future.
Q&A with directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady. Moderated by S.T. VanAirsdale of TheReeler.com
Co-presented by TheReeler.com

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