Act of God

A FILM BY Jennifer Baichwal

Fearlessly approaches the natural and the supernatural, and the result is visceral, intellectual, heartbreaking, delightful and instructive, all at once.
-Liz Braun, Sun Media
Highly Entertaining!
-Katherine Monk, CanWest
Profound.
-Malcolm Fraser, Montreal Mirror
Strong, meaningful...at its heart entertaining.
-Jason Whyte, eFilmCritic

Synopsis

From the award-winning director of "Manufactured Landscapes" comes "Act of God," a film that explores the paradox of being singled out by randomness and raises questions about chance, fate, and the meaning of life. Exploring seven stories from around the world, "Act of God" responds to these questions while keeping the sky and what comes out of it as a central visual metaphor. Paul Auster, the best-selling novelist who was struck as a teenager, anchors the film, along with improvisational musician Fred Frith, whose original compositions demonstrate the ubiquity of electricity in our bodies and in the universe.

Theatrical Release Date

Friday, May 01, 2009
Original Languages: English
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 75 min.
Year: 2009

CREDITS

CAST
Dannion Brinkley
Fred Frith
James O'Reilly
Paul Auster
DIRECTED BY
Jennifer Baichwal

PHOTOS

Salome Morales, mother of Josue, who was struck by lightning: Santa Maria del Rio, Mexico (photo credit: Nick de Pencier)
Director/Producer Jennifer Baichwal.
Fred Frith improvises a lightning storm: London, England (photo credit: Nick de Pencier)
Scene from Act of God. (Photo Credit: Alex Hermant.)
Paul Auster: Brooklyn, New York (photo credit: Nick de Pencier)
Scene from Act of God. (Photo Credit: Alex Hermant.)
Parade for Shango, a.k.a. Santa Barbara: Palmira, Cuba (photo credit: Nick de Pencier)
Producer/Director of Photography Nick de Pencier.
Fred Frith in his brother Chris Frith?s lab, getting electrodes attached: London, England (photo credit: Nick de Pencier)
Director Jennifer Baichwal (left) and Proucer/Cinematographer Nick de Pencier (right). Photo credit: Mark Wilson
Director Jennifer Baichwal (left) and Proucer/Cinematographer Nick de Pencier (right). Photo credit: Mark Wilson