May 23, 2014
Share:
Facebook Twitter Email

“My New Film, American Jesus, Is Not A Horror Movie”

From MovieMaker Magazine:

“Larry Fessenden, producer of the new documentary American Jesus, explains why Glass Eye Pix became involved in Aram Garriga’s exploration of the sometimes bizarre relationship between faith, materialism, politics and personal passions that is American Christianity.

I run a small production outfit in New York City called Glass Eye Pix. We are known for making independent horror-themed films with a psychological bent. Through the company I have produced such films as The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, Stake Land and I Sell the Dead. My own films include Habit, Wendigo and The Last Winter. Why would a company known for making independent horror films get involved with a documentary called American Jesus?

The answer is that I am primarily concerned with the construction of meaning in our daily lives, in the human tendency to see the world through narrative. My horror films have been about how we invent monsters and demons to deal with reality. In some way the subtext of my films is that the monsters we invent are a comfort and help us frame and define our existence.

In Habit, the protagonist believes his girlfriend is a vampire causing him to weaken physically, when we the viewer can plainly see he is a drunk debilitating himself. In Wendigo a 10-year-old invents a mythical being to protect himself from the horror that his father has been shot by a disgruntled hunter in the woods. I have always felt that my films are fundamentally about our craving for religious and mythic narratives in a senseless and arbitrary world.

And so it was not a stretch when the filmmaker Aram Garriga came to me with his proposal to make a film that was then titled Pop Church. I had met Garriga at the Sitges Film Festival outside Barcelona, one of the great horror and fantasy festivals in the world. Garriga worked for the fest and played host to myself and my producing associate Brent Kunkle on more than one visit to Sitges…”

Check out the full article at MovieMaker.com.

AMERICAN JESUS is now playing in Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent and coming soon to Chicago. Also available on Demand and on DVD.

An exclusive clip is now available at Indiewire. See it here.

May 22, 2014
Share:
Facebook Twitter Email

AMERICAN JESUS Arrives in Los Angeles Tomorrow – Q&A With Director and Special Guests

AMERICAN JESUS continues its theatrical tour in Los Angeles at the Downtown Independent starting tomorrow with a Q&A screening at 8pm with Director Aram Garriga, contributors Pastor Phil Aguilar (Set Free Soldiers), Craig Gross (“The Porn Pastor,” XXXchurch.com) & comedian Kerri Pomarolli.

Village Voice (LA Weekly) on AMERICAN JESUS: “Doc American Jesus is a Concerned Examination Rather Than an Assault on Christian Belief”

Yahoo on AMERICAN JESUS:
“American Jesus Takes an Unflinching Look at Faith in the United States”

The film is available now on iTunes, Amazon, Cable VOD and more.

May 9, 2014
Share:
Facebook Twitter Email

AMERICAN JESUS is Coming

Glass Eye Pix presents
AMERICAN JESUS
a film by ARAM GARRIGA

Available On Demand and DVD
Tuesday MAY 13, 2014

Opening NYC at IFC
Wednesday MAY 14, 2014

Opening LA at Downtown Independent
Friday MAY 23, 2014

Coming to your town! Check:
AmericanJesusTheMovie.com