The Record Keeper (initially sponsored by the General Conference but then cancelled) has been chosen as one of the films in the 2014 Raindance Film Festival in central London. It will be shown in Picadilly Circus this Friday night, September 26, and director Jason Satterlund will be there to answer questions afterward. Raindance has been showing films for 22 years, and this year will be screening 250 feature length and short films.
The description of The Record Keeper in the film festival program reads:
Part biblical interpretation, part cosmic steampunk fantasy, ‘The Record Keeper’ follows the story of Angels Cadan (the dutiful servant) and Larus (fallen, trying to reconcile his beliefs with God). Their friendship at stake, they recount the struggles they face to Raina, Heaven’s very own civil servant. Studious in her record keeping, she diligently records events while trying to stay detached from the destruction that unfolds around her.
Split into 11 parts, each detailing a particular dimension of the ensuing conflict, the mini stories merge seamlessly into each other, introducing some very memorable, interesting characters along the way. The steampunk aesthetics work well, with the supped-up Dickensian chic complimenting the otherworldly environment (amidst the technological leap incorporating what looks like teleportation, the civil service still use a gramophone to peer into, and amplify, the destruction of life). As soon as you see the look, you immediately say to yourself “Yes, I couldn’t have pictured Heaven’s municipal building better myself”.
Church enthusiasts and theologians may squirm, but the story is both compelling and an enlightening version of an age-old phenomena.
Find Spectrum's previous coverage of The Record Keeper here.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/6269