While it's hard to put a finger on the exact reason why there's been a definite surge in interest in cult groups on film in recent years, particularly of the apocalyptic, end of the world variety. And the big screen results have been fascinating. And for those intrigued by the subject matter, add Joshua Overbay's indie As It Is In Heaven
as something to keep eyes open for.
After the death of the Prophet, a man is called to lead his small
religious sect as they anxiously await the end of the world they were
promised. Director Joshua Overbay deftly leads audiences down a twisting
path of passion and devotion, envy and manipulation in this sympathetic
portrayal of a modern-day cult leader and his spiritual convictions.
Devoted to a simple life of faith in unforgiving Kentucky backcountry, a
small religious sect seeks spiritual awakening as their Prophet (John
Lina) nears death and his son, Eamon (Luke Beavers), prepares to step
forward as their new leader. But, in his last moments, the Prophet
instead names newcomer David (Chris Nelson) as his spiritual successor.
Soon to start into a limited theatrical run - find dates and locations on the official site
- this looks to be one quietly compelling piece of work. Check the trailer below.
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