ELECTRIC JESUS has been making waves in the U.S. film festival circuit, winning numerous awards and converting hundreds of devotees. It is a stunning breakout from writer-director Chris White, who co-produced the film with his wife Emily Reach White and co-wrote the film’s original songs with alt-rock musician Daniel Smith.
Mining his own experiences as an Evangelical teenager, White pushes past the hoary clichés of both music and faith-based genres, delivering a film that resists sentimentality, preferring to lean hard into the awkward, strange, and sometimes wonderful world of youthful devotion to cause.
When a flashy promoter (played by Brian Baumgartner, The Office) sells sound man Erik (Andrew Eakle) and his favorite local Christian hair metal band, 316, on the promise of a bus tour in the summer of 1986, their desire to “make Jesus famous” meets the complexities and confusion of personal ambition, religious conviction, youthful zeal, lifelong friendships, and first love. See a full review of Electric Jesus on Common Sense Media
Directed by Chris White and STARRING Brian Baumgartner, Judd Nelson, Andrew Eakle, Shannon Hutchinson, Wyatt Lenhart, Shawn Parsons.
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