January 23, 2005


As mentioned above, our DVD release will feature an exclusive short trailer of the upcoming documentary UNKNOWN by BEYOND BLACK ROCK’s Director of Photography, Rob VanAlkemade.

Rob describes UNKNOWN as an examination of “the curious fog of an election year from the viewpoints of protesters, performance activists and delegates at both conventions,” adding that he often found himself "profoundly alienated from the entire political, journalistic, and creative process.”


Rob directed, shot and edited UNKNOWN, though he’s quick to point out the assistance and contributions of Reverend Billy and the Church , Billionaires for Bush , Andie Grace, Mike Wilson and the Gone Off Deep family, Alex Stikich and Damian Kolodiy.

The first incarnation of UNKNOWN will begin circulating early this year. Rob’s new site will have all the details. But, for now, here’s a good dose of info:

UNKNOWN was originally meant to be a simple exposition about political protests surrounding the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. Long before the Convention, however, the filmmaker became far more entranced with, and simultaneously repelled by, this uniquely perplexing American election cycle.

The filmmaker ultimately attended both national party conventions, joined Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping for a week of cash register exorcisms across California, and attended various protests adorned by the Billionaires for Bush in New York, Boston and St Louis.

The result is a potentially hypnotizing dreamscape examining the curious fog of a bitterly unique election year through the filmmaker's tragically perplexed yet resignedly hopeful lens.

PREACHER WITH AN UNKNOWN GOD (“a variation on the UNKNOWN theme with a Holy solo,” says Rob), is currently making the festival rounds. The 16 minute short doc focuses on “recent sermons and exploits of Reverend Billy and the Stop Big Boxes Gospel Choir."

PREACHER will premiere at the DC Independent Film Festival in March, and will also soon be available as a special video extra on the Church's new CD produced with Tomato Records.

Posted by william at January 23, 2005 07:14 PM