Mar 17, 2016

MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

FILM GUIDE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
MY SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE
Directed by John Dower

Not your typical exposé. BBC doc-maker and journalist Louis Theroux teams up with director John Dower and producer Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugarman) to explore the self-mythologizing Church of Scientology. In order to better understand the human impulses behind the infamously guarded Church, Theroux recruits Marty Rathbun, a former high-ranking Scientologist as his chief collaborator, and together they cast and re-stage alleged events and Church practices on Hollywood sound stages. Adding a bizarre meta-layer to the story, it’s quickly revealed that Theroux is in turn being filmed by those he is surveilling.

Through the process of re-interpreting Rathbun’s history with the Church, Theroux cleverly raises questions of culpability and condemnation, leaving no subject—himself included—unscathed. A meticulously calibrated combination of re-enactments and probing confrontations with current and former Scientologists, all overlaid with Theroux’s deadpan wit, My Scientology Movie is an irreverent comedy that is as outlandish as it is revealing.

—Shayna Weingast

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