The Apocalyptic is the Mother of All Christian Theology

Jim Finn

2023 | 01:03:52 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 4:3 | HD video

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: Animation, Expedition/Travel, Found Footage, History, Jewish, Literature, Middle East, Myth, Politics, Religion/Spirituality

A psychedelic portrait of the founding theorist of Christianity.

The story of Paul the Apostle’s life, ideology and influence is told by piecing together 20th Century 16mm and cassette propaganda, board games, animation, reenactments, Roman Empire doom metal and covers of Catholic liturgical music. The gentle Paul themes with flute, acoustic guitar and mellotron contrasts with the Demonic Roman Empire themes of electric guitar, drums and synth. Performance artist Linda Mary Montano and Usama Alshaibi portray Paul on his journey.

The film tries to capture the disturbing reaction Paul and his letters had in the early days of Christianity. The use of live action, animation, found footage and original music was a way to recover his biography from the brains of 20th Century humans so that in some perhaps misguided Utopian impulse, we can build something new out of it for the future.

"Holy reconstructions of the sons of God, Jim Finn! Our favorite political atomizer gets holy in his new documentary crusade and decides to tell the story of Paul, the apostle who, the cheap internet would say, was “the most ardent propagandist of Christianism.” Finn, alongside artists Linda Mary Montano and Ulsama Alshaibi, goes all scissorhands using 16mm institutional shorts, board game commercials, cassette tapes, trashy animations and, of course, period performances of not-so-doubtful quality—a rosary of archive footage that evolves in the map of pop culture, its praying and its saints. Psychedelic and ferocious, Finn extracts waste from the 20th century and, Doc Brown-style, uses it to make miracles based on science (that of film) that stare into the future." - Juan Manuel Dominguez, BAFICI

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Prizes + Awards

Critic's Award, Pesaro Film Festival, Italy, 2023


Buenos Aires International Film Festival
Buenos Aires

Exhibitions + Festivals

Prismatic Ground, NYC, 2023