Jesus vs. Bono documentary looks at last non-pocalypse in time for next apocalypse
When Christ failed to make a second earthly appearance on May 21, 2011, it probably came as a surprise to few -- would-be prophet Harold Camping, the Biblical number-cruncher who predicted that date as the day of the Rapture, had been wrong about the world ending before, after all. But while nobody we knew got Rapture'd, there was indeed at least one messiah in town: Bono, pious world-saver and singer of U2.
And Jesus may have been in town, too, but the power of Bono just canceled him out -- that's at least according to Ivan Suvanjieff's Jesus vs. Bono, a pseudo-documentary conceived and shot more or less the day of the non-pocalypse, which is now wrapping up production -- just in time for the second second coming.
"It's probably the greatest documentary ever made," Suvanjieff told Westword in Off Limits this week -- but you can judge for yourself with this hot-off-the-presses, not-even-officially-released teaser:
As is clear from the teaser, Jesus vs. Bono uses Apocalypse Now (get it?) as a jumping-off point to send its protagonist on a mission to find both Jesus and Bono as they come, the documentary purports, to Colorado Springs and Invesco Field, respectively. Shot on location, it's basically an agglomeration of goofy parody story-line, actual on-the-street interviews and appropriated footage that, despite its shoestring budget of about $650, manages to pack a lot of hilarity into its roughly ten total minutes. So when can we see the whole thing? "We're looking at a couple of different film festivals," Suvanjieff promises.
In the meantime, he's a bit more focused on his other, more serious apocalypse documentary, 2012: The True Mayan Prophecy, released earlier this year, and the currently-in-production documentary that led to it, Mayan Renaissance. The latter isn't slated for release until April 2012, but True Mayan Prophecy is still making the rounds: It screens on October 18 at Naropa University, and then it will be shown four times on Colorado Public Television from October 22 through 27.
Well, if anyone's around to see it, anyway -- Harold Camping is now predicting absolute destruction on October 21, 2011.
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