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Reply Thu 7 Dec, 2006 08:08 am
"Children of God: Lost and Found" documentary
Does anyone know anything about a documentary titled "Children of God: Lost and Found?" The Reuters article below describes it as a "a first-person account of growing up in a cult."

I also found another article with the following description:

"Children of God: Lost and Found," directed by Noah Thomson "Children of God: Lost and Found" is a first-person account of growing up in the controversial, evangelical Christian cult known as the Children of God. Director Noah Thomson tells his story and the story of others like him who were born into the group and later left as young adults. (World Premiere)

According to http://www.slamdance.com/ the "13th Annual Slamdance Film Festival will be held in Park City, Utah, January 18-27, 2007"


Screwball 'Weirdsville' to launch Slamdance fest
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6 December 2006
Reuters News

By Gregg Goldstein

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Boasting such quintessentially irreverent features as "American Zombie" and "American Fork," the 13th annual Slamdance Film Festival announced its lineup of competitive features and special screenings Tuesday.

The screwball comedy "Weirdsville" from veteran cult director Allan Moyle ("Pump Up the Volume") launches the Park City, Utah, fest Jan. 18. Scott Speedman, Wes Bentley and Taryn Manning star in what fest programers describe as "the story of two junkies on the run from a satanic cult, a cabal of midget knights, a vengeful drug dealer and a mouse."

Programmers say a record 3,600-plus films were submitted this year to fill less than 100 slots, up from more than 3,000 submitted last year. Slamdance was formed as an edgier alternative to the Sundance Film Festival, which takes place at the same time in Park City.

Each of the ten narrative and ten documentary films is made by a first-time feature director with budgets of $1 million or less.

The narrative feature competition sports six world premieres, including Chris Bowman's chronicle of an obese grocery clerk, "American Fork," Grace Lee's deadpan look at filmmakers shooting the undead, "American Zombie" and Nick Gaglia's portrait of two brothers in a rehab program, "Over the GW."

Other world premieres include three films revolving around murder: Will Slocombe's "Crime Fiction," Daniel Casey's "The Death of Michael Smith" and Slamdance best narrative short winner Jeremy Saulnier's "Murder Party."

The narrative competition also includes Colin Drobnis' story of the friendship between an ex-soldier and a pickpocket, "Bangkok," Peter Kelley's portrait of a thief, "The Path of Most Resistance," Dylan Verrechia's prostitution-themed love story "Tijuana Makes Me Happy" and the US premiere of Baran bo Odar's 80s coming-of-age tale "Under the Sun"

The documentary competition features cover everything from baseball-playing prisoners (Tiller Russell and Loren Mendell's "Bad Boys of Summer"), an obsessive Bob Dylan fan (James Bluemel and Oliver Ralfe's "Ballad of AJ Weberman"), a first-person account of growing up in a cult ("Children of God: Lost and Found") and a post-9/11 revenge killing (Tami Yeager's "Dream in Doubt").

Other documentaries explore competitive gamers (Seth Gordon's "King of Kong"), an identical twin facing a sex-change operation (Brooke Sebold, Benita Sills and Todd Sills' "Red Without Blue"), a hoped for Wu-Tang Clan reunion (Casey Suchan and Denis Hennelly's "Rock the Bells") and a trans-continental rowboat race (Luke Wolbach's "Row Hard No Excuses.")

Jeremy and Randy Stulberg's portrait of a New Mexico outland "Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa" and Adam Hootnick's Middle East tale "Unsettled" round out the list.

Two stories about the lives of young adults, Gary Walkow's "Crashing" and Henry Pincus's "You Are Here" will be shown in narrative special screenings. Three documentary special screenings offer varied looks at interesting lives: Andrew Neel's painter portrait "Alice Neel," Janine Hosking's tale of an accused drug smuggler " Ganja Queen" and Arturo Perez Torres' chronicle of Mexican vigilantes, "Super Amigos."

The late-night "21+" screenings feature Sean Meredith's update on the classic "Dante's Inferno," Roar Uthaug's horror film "Cold Prey" and Adam Rifkin's caveman comedy "Homo Erectus."
Reply Thu 7 Dec, 2006 11:41 am
About two years ago Noah posted something on his documentary at MO. At that time, it was going to be released on HBO. Now it looks like he's gone to the Indy market to get it released.
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Reply Thu 7 Dec, 2006 12:52 pm
I think it might be under a different name.
HBO is developing a documentary about the Children of God, an apocalyptic cult accused of extreme sexual practices such as incest and rape.

"No Longer Children," will chronicle the lives of several children who, after careful planning, managed to escape without money, education or family support.

The Children of God, a.k.a. the Family, was founded by David Berg in the late '60s. By 1981, it boasted more than 2,000 homes in 76 countries. Former child members include actors Joaquin Phoenix, his late brother River and Rose McGowan.

The group emphasized the cutting of family ties, discipline and commitment to cult beliefs, which included total devotion to cult activities on the part of children of members. The group's activities triggered a 18-month investigation by New York's Attorney General's Office in the 1970s, which led to a 1974 report alleging that cult members were engaged in kidnapping, imprisonment, virtual enslavement, prostitution, polygamy, rape and sexual abuse of children and incest.

The documentary is being produced by Diane Farr (the WB's "Like Family") and Noah Thomson, a former child member who will make his directing debut on the project and appear on camera along with many of his 11 siblings.

Thomson spent his childhood moving all over South America with his parents, who held leadership positions in the cult, until he was moved to Japan at age 17. He worked as the editor for the group's video ministry around the world until he fled at age 21 and came to the United States. Since then, Thomson has obtained custody of his next two siblings from the cult and has been helping second-generation members escape.


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