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Apparition of the Eternal Church



United States, 2005, MiniDV - Color - 57

DIRECTED BY:
Paul Festa

CAST:
Albert Fuller, Eisa Davis, Sandi Dubowski, Harold Bloom, John Cameron Mitchell, Ana Matronic

SCREENPLAY:
same

PRODUCER:
same

WORLD SALES:
self-distributed

STORY DESCRIPTION:

In their collective hallucination of Olivier Messiaen's monumental organ work 'Apparition of the Eternal Church,' artists including John Cameron Mitchell, Marga Gomez, Sandi Dubowski, Jackie Beat, Harold Bloom, Lemony Snicket and Ana Matronic unveil an imaginative landscape rich with the imagery of architecture, religious ritual, spiritual ecstasy, the grave, hellfire, violence and sex, hilariously swinging between sepulchral shadows and heights of spiritual and erotic exaltation before a final revelation of Messiaen's invisible cathedral.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

San Francisco native Paul Festa studied violin at the Juilliard School before graduating in English from Yale in 1996. He essays and cultural criticism have appeared in Salon and Nerve, and in the anthology Best Sex Writing 2005. He is writing a novel, and this is his first movie.

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