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April 17, 2012 9:13 AM
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Project of the Day: A Cult Leader Asks for It to Be "As It Is in Heaven"

"As It Is In Heaven."
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"As It Is in Heaven"

Tweetable Logline:

A cult leader struggles to cling to his faith and keep his community together after his end-of-days prophecy does not come to pass.

Elevator Pitch:

As It Is In Heaven is a micro-budget feature film about a cult leader who struggles to cling to his faith and keep his community together after his end-of-days prophecy does not come to pass.

What sets our film apart is not only the subject matter, but the portrayal of the cult and its leader. We want to go deeper into the leader's psyche as things begin to unravel, giving another perspective to a typically unsympathetic character. This story will follow someone who is not only deluded, but broken.

Production Team:

Director: Joshua Overbay
Producer: Michael Grout
Writer: Ginny Lee Overbay
Associate Producer: Nathaniel Glass
Cinematographer: Isaac Pletcher

About the Production:

"I think that all human beings want to believe in something. Whether a creator, or the lack thereof, we all experience the need to trust in an idea that will provide structure and meaning to our lives.  But what happens when that belief is challenged or even proven wrong? Do we adapt? Do we move on? No. We cling.

"'As it is in Heaven' will explore this idea as it follows a cult-leader who, with absolute certainty, believes the world will end at a prophesied date. But it doesn't, and he doesn’t let go; he clings." -- Joshua Overbay

Current Status:


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Filmmaker Website
Kickstarter Page

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  • Jeff | April 21, 2012 10:00 PMReply

    Sounds interesting...would like to know more about it.

  • Thomas | April 21, 2012 2:41 PMReply

    I have a lot of faith in this film. I would love to see its budget grow and for indiewire to help promote it. This film carries the potential to cause people to explore a deeper meaning in life. Hope it goes well!

  • Pam Handrich | April 21, 2012 11:43 AMReply

    I would love to see this!

  • Romona Stone | April 20, 2012 6:09 PMReply

    This movie should be interesting.

  • david | April 20, 2012 10:47 AMReply

    Interesting premise. Should be an interesting movie. Timely with whole Mayan calendar thing. Love that it is a combo of professionals and students. Kudos! Indiewire for highlighting this film!