New motion picture features Lars Larson and Steve Duin as the comedian?

I saw an advanced screening of the hilarious documentary “Lord save us from your followers.” which will be hitting screens this June. The movie is about challenging the left-right spiritual-social stereotypes and about building a conversation between both sides. Our local celebrity Lars Larson is interviewed talking about public distrust of politicians. Also Steve Duin is teamed up with Dave Anderson (Mark and Dave Show KEX) in a comedic “culture war” game show against a team of Oregon Young Republicans.

When asked about his job at the Oregonian, Steve Duin joked “”¦when I am not working at The Oregonian I like to burn American flags and officiate gay weddings.” (paraphrase). The church crowd audience I was in burst into laughter. Turns out that Duin is not just a moonlighting stand-up comic artists, but he and his team of media elites kicked the tar out of the Young Republicans. Behind the game show there an interesting lesson to be learned that caught me off gaurd.

The movie allows many big name religion critics (Bill Mahr, Al Franken) to speak frankly about problems among religious conservatives. It was hard not to disagree with what they said. The movie also showed how many religious conservatives are admitting their mistakes and finding new ways to build relationships with their traditional opponents.

I don’t want to reveal too much about the movie’s secrets, but I will say that the movie has already won praise from both liberal and conservative audiences. For the audience I was in (mostly conservatives) they were both laughing and even weeping at the many truly poignant parts.

Amazingly, in the era of one-sided propaganda documentaries, this film steers right in the middle by giving fair treatment to both sides. It then takes the higher ground by calling people to a high standard of how we talk to each other and makes a moving appeal for people to start the conversation.

If you ever felt frustrated at how America talks about religion — this movie touches every sore spot and then offers a much needed band-aid.

The movie comes out in June. Please do what you can to see it opening weekend and bring a crowd. As an avid documentary watcher (yes I am a nerd) I cannot praise this film enough.

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  • Marc


    As one of the “stars” of this, I haven’t yet seen it but I did like where they said they wanted to go with it. And yes, we did get the tar kicked out of us, largely because the format of the questions vs what our expectations were. If I recall correctly (it was a year ago or so we filmed it) the questions lacked seriousness, and in anything lacking seriousness, liberals will always win.

    What was beneficial were the conversations backstage between diverse groups that rarely talk about politics together. Steve Duin and Dave Anderson and I had some good talks about conservatism that framed the issue, I think, in ways they had maybe not heard articulated before. It is a conversation I look forward to continuing.

    Anyway, it was a good experience and I hope the finished product came out well. Sorry to my fellow conservatives that we didn’t represent you better in the game show portion!


    • JasonW

      Well, Marc.
      You always do a good job, but maybe you should consider working less and watching more TV game shows. : )

  • Joanne Rigutto

    Sounds interesting. If I don’t get a chance to see it in the theater I’ll be sure to buy it on DVD, I don’t get out much. I always look for discussions between diverse groups of people, be it conservative and liberal, religeous and non relegeous, urban and rural, etc.. That’s the best way to get a broad base of input on any issue.

    Thanks for the heads up!

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