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Summer heats up in Piedmont Triad with premiere of Hot Pink Jesus trilogy

by Mark Burger

This Thursday, cinematic salvation is at hand courtesy of Greensboro’s Mad Ones Films as the Piedmont Triad world premiere of filmmaker Jasysen Buterin’s irreverent, incorrigible (and frequently indescribable) short film trilogy The Gospel According to Booze, Bullets and Hot Pink Jesus is unveiled at the Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema in Greensboro.

This marks the first time that Mad Ones Films and resident mad genius and cinematic visionary Buterin have screened the award winning Hot Pink Jesus trilogy in its entirety — and any resemblance to anything resembling a Holy Trinity is surely sheer coincidence.

Or is it? Buterin and his merry band of filmmakers have toiled long and hard over what they call “a four-year labor of love,” beginning with The Gospel According to Booze, Bullets and Hot Pink Jesus, Act I: The Missionary Man in 2010, continuing with Act III: Have Faith, Will Travel in 2012 and now Act II: A Saint of Sin in a Den of Thieves in 2013. Yes, you read that right: Buterin knocked out Acts I and III before going back to Act II.

Hey, given all the big-budget “high-concept” remakes, reboots, rehashes and rejects that big-studio Hollywood is churning out these days, I’d say he’s entitled to make his trilogy any way he sees fit. Rumor has it that he was inspired by a higher power to do so, but that too may only be sheer coincidence.

The epic trilogy, which is advertised as “cinematic salvation in three easy installments,” focuses on Mister Michaels, a would-be missionary who is expelled from the seminary in disgrace. Seeking his fate — and his faith — he embarks on a violent, eventful journey as the Missionary Man, offering words of comfort and faith to those in need while looting and pillaging with equal abandon. The lost souls he encounters on his travels have spiritual and moral dilemmas of their own to deal with. In a sense, they’re all on a journey of self-discovery… or self-destruction.

Combining elements of spaghetti Western, black comedy, gruesome horror, rockabilly music, mind-bending surrealism and divine intervention, The Gospel According to Booze, Bullets and Hot Pink Jesus will be screened for the first time in “Diablo-Vision” — yet another cinematic innovation cooked up by Mad Ones Films.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $10 each. (Salvation is complimentary — but not guaranteed.)

If you’re unable to make this week’s screening, fear not, for the innate innovators of Mad Ones Films have scheduled a second screening of The Gospel According to Booze, Bullets and Hot Pink Jesus for Friday, Sept. 13 at the Garage in Winston-Salem.

This “Rock ‘n’ Roll Homecoming Show” will feature two screenings of the trilogy plus live rock music provided by the Malamondos between each screening, no doubt lending an appropriately wild and crazy mood to the movie madness. Many of the filmmakers involved with the production will be on hand at both events, celebrating the fruits of their labor and undoubtedly offering words of inspiration to those souls in attendance who need it.

Showtimes at the Garage are 8 pm and midnight. Tickets are $10 each.

Proceeds from ticket sales will help fund entrance fees to various film festivals around the country, so that others can also be “saved” by The Gospel According to Booze, Bullets and Hot Pink Jesus.

For more information about Mad Ones Films or these events, call 336.509.4845 or check out the official websites: madonesfilms.com or hotpinkjesus.com.

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