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Act of God [DVD] [2009]


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    Special Features

    • Video interview with director Jennifer Baichwal
    • Peter Greenway and Fred Frith video interviews and performance footage
    • Paul Auster reading from four of his works, including City of Glass
    • Theatrical trailers
    • Closed Captioned


    Act of God
    Documentarian Jennifer Baichwal helmed this reflective documentary that ponders the spiritual, emotional, and metaphysical ramifications of being struck by a lightning bolt. According to the National Weather Service, the odds of this incident befalling any given person are about one in 700,000, which makes many a survivor question why he or she fell prey to this unusual calamity; some infer a cosmic reason, some reject that possibility, but most fall somewhere in between as they feebly attempt to come to terms with it. In the film, Baichwal speaks with a number of well-known victims, including the novelist and screenwriter Paul Auster (The Music of Chance), the improv-driven prog rock guitarist Fred Frith, and others, and evaluates how the interviewees' lives forked off in new directions after a massive discharge of electricity descended from the sky and landed on them. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Paul Auster
      Paul Auster - Interviewee
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      Dannion Brinkley - Interviewee
    • Image coming soon
      Fred Frith - Interviewee

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