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Pelosi: Friends of God (2007)

At long last I finally had a chance to see the first half of Alexanda Pelosi’s 2007 documentary Friends of God: A Road Trip with Alexandra Pelosi [link]. I’ve been looking forward to watching this for a while, because I flat-out loved Pelosi’s 2002 documentary Journeys with George, cut from her time documenting life on the campaign trail with George W. Bush.

Remember George W. Bush? He’s that guy who was governor of Texas, ran for President in 2000, served eight years, started a couple of wars, and may or may not be our kind of Christian. He’s also that guy Rick Perry may or may not be all over again. I’m still waiting for someone in Christian media to explain that one to me. But I digress.

I loved Journeys with George, and I was hoping for more of the same from Friends of God. In the earlier documentary Pelosi had a compelling story with a strong if occasionally elusive central character, and the story had a natural rhythm complete with a conclusion. Friends of God, on the other hand, is sort of a survey of things Pelosi doesn’t like and/or doesn’t understand. It’s been chopped up into too many too-brief images, and midway through it doesn’t seem to have a point, unless that point is something like “Evangelical Christians are scary people who willfully life in a fictional world.”

So far we’ve met Joel Osteen, Ken Ham, Ted Haggard, comedian Brad Stine, professional wrestler Robert Vaughan, and a Tennessee preacher with ten children named Jeff Chapman. It’s a mixed bag: I can’t say as I often do (see e.g. Jesus Camp) that Pelosi doesn’t understand what she’s seeing; it’s more that Pelosi is seeking to portray her subject in a particular way and her subject obliges.

I am particularly disturbed to note that most of the head shots seem to have been shot with some kind of fish-eye lens (see e.g. the picture of Phish bassist Mike Gordon on the cover of Billy Breathes [link]) that leaves the interviewee looking like a pinhead, with a big broad mouth and a smaller, pointed head. I’m kind of embarrassed for Pelosi for her having shot these people this way. It’s not like we haven’t seen e.g. Joel Osteen before or won’t see him again, so it seems unnecessarily cheap to suggest that while he has many flaws having a head shaped like an eggplant isn’t one of them.

 

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  1. Vince
    September 14, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Perry was at LU this morning. Bachman will be there the 28th. That means 5 of the 8 candidates will have spoken at LU. Not too shabby.

    • September 14, 2011 at 9:54 am

      Yeah has Romney been there this cycle? I haven’t been paying close attention.

  2. Vince
    September 14, 2011 at 10:20 am

    No he hasn’t. Romney, Santorum, and Huntsman, so far, have not accepted the invitation.

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