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Screening for Noahs HBO Doco in LA Aug 23

from sarafina - Monday, August 13, 2007
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Just a reminder for those of you wanting to see a early showing of this Doco, it will be held at the ArcLight Cinema in Los Angeles, Thursday, Aug 23rd. I encourage everyone who can to come out in show of support. It starts at, there will be a reception after as well. Hope to see you there!


This film is the personal journey of first-time filmmaker Noah Thomson and his search for ex-members of the Children of God, a controversial Christian cult. Thomson isn’t just a documentary filmmaker on a mission--he himself grew up in the cult (which later changed its name to the Family) and left it as a young adult. His search for other former child members leads to a heart-wrenching investigation into his own childhood and his difficult adjustment to life outside the Family.

Culled from footage and interviews of ex-members, including many of Thomson’s immediate biological family, CHILDREN OF GOD exposes the prevalent child abuse within the group and the eventual suicide attempts of several former members. Thomson focuses particular attention on the life of Ricky Rodriguez, the heir apparent to Family founder David Berg. Rodriguez's murder of Family member Angela Smith and his subsequent suicide generated national media attention on the group.

Thomson’s three-month road trip winds through South and Central America where he meets with Family members, attempts to find answers about ex-members and their shared struggles to survive on the outside, and negotiates his own place in the world.

Directions: 6360 W Sunset Blvd (between Vine and Ivar, with DeLongpre to the south) Los Angeles, CA

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from figaro
Monday, August 20, 2007 - 07:43

I just looked into flying out there and it would be like $350 for the plane ticket alone, which isn't that bad really, I just don't have it to spare. If it were next month I could easily afford it, but this month I got hit with a lot of bills and shit, so.. plus it isn't only the flight, I would need a hotel, car rental food etc. I just don't have it this month. Pity, I really wanted to be there.
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from GoldenMic
Sunday, August 19, 2007 - 17:31

It looks like a pretty decent crowd is planning to attend, as of 8/19/07 Sunday evening. I think that having apologists or current TF members there could be anticipated, and could be disruptive. I guess that each attendee is going to have to make some choices between the natural desire to act out, and its possible disruption to the work being honored. I am really glad that I won't even notice the possible disrupters, and hope to blithely enjoy myself and honor a fellow SGA that's doing an important work. For those of you who may be triggered by an actual TF presense, you really do have my best wishes and my hope they may just simply do the right thing and stay away.
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From Shaka
Monday, August 20, 2007, 03:28

Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5(Agree/Disagree?)
Don't worry, I can't go. Someone else will have to be the confrontational asshole. Shikaka, I'm counting on you, navy boy. (reply to this comment
From GoldenMic
Sunday, August 19, 2007, 17:32

Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 5 out of 5(Agree/Disagree?)

Er, I should have said "decent sized" rather than "decent" in referring to the many reservations already made, since the decency of the attendees is the unknown, and is actually the issue! (reply to this comment

from shikaka
Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 12:52

Im going to be bringing some bear mace, just in case some of the prophet bus wierdos show up to ruin the fun.
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From Samuel
Thursday, August 16, 2007, 13:32


Please don't do that. Most of us have friends who are still in TF, think about them before you make rash decisions like that. My friend, Michelle, was on the Prophet Bus. Yes, they're brainwashed, and most of them never saw the worst of the abuse, which makes it very unethical for TF to be using them to bloster their claim that TF is a safe place to raise children. But there was a time when you, and all of us, were just as brainwashed as they are.

Just think about that before you do something you might regret later. (reply to this comment

From shikaka
Thursday, August 16, 2007, 15:21


Samuel, Samuel. My poor mentally retarded friend. You mean so well but you are so abominably stupid.

Do you really think I would spray someone with bear mace? Honestly, I really feel sorry for you sometimes, your powers of observation and analysis are so fantastically diminished that I marvel at your ability to function at all in society....*deep breath

Seek help.(reply to this comment

From EyesWideShut
Monday, August 27, 2007, 07:50


Goddam, Shikaka, I miss the hell out of you. Where are you and why haven't I seen more of you lately? Send me kisses :)

Sunny(reply to this comment

From Shaka
Thursday, August 16, 2007, 19:37

Shit, give me the mace and I'll do it. And a nightstick so I can Rodney King the shit out of them while they're lying on the ground in a fetal position pawing at their burning faces. Isn't violence fun kids?(reply to this comment
From Fish
Friday, August 17, 2007, 00:05

Amen! Do you?(reply to this comment
From Samuel
Thursday, August 16, 2007, 18:35

Average visitor agreement is 3 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 3 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 3 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 3 out of 5Average visitor agreement is 3 out of 5(Agree/Disagree?)

No, I kind of figured you would never spray them with maze, and you were joking, but I do think you should be careful because things like that can be used against you.

Can you picture what the next GN is going to look like?

"(Jesus speaking:) You must fear the Vandari! Do not go to them for assistance, they will not give you a place to stay, or try to inform the governments of the world of your rights, or the rights of your children, or the rights of your younger siblings who are minors. Verily I say unto you, they will not do these things. For they roam the corners of the Earth looking for their prey. They appear as young people, perhaps they are the ones who assisted in your upbringing. But at night, they morph into blood sucking Vandari and howl like wolves at the moon! Therefore you must fear them, my loves, because they are demon possessed. Yea, verily I say unto you, they are demon possessed. Lo, they have even set up special websites for themselves, where they can collaborate and aim their attacks at you, my chosen ones. For just the other day, I was reading around on these sites and behold, him who is of the heathens was planning a vicious attack. They will use mace, but not of the form that is intended for humans. As the cruel beast that they are, of the species of the Vandari, they will use mace that is for bears. They are beasts, and so they will use mace that is intended for beasts.

" You may say, 'We implore you to reveal the name of this website, and the meaning thereof, that we may visit and know when these things should come, and what shall be the sign of their coming' But I say unto you 'Nay, for there shall no web address be given unto this generation'. But the following tips will keep you safe from their attacks.

1. Stay away from anyone who goes by the name 'Shikaka'

2. Stay away from ex member sites. Really, you don't want to know what they have to say. It's all lies anyway, no abuse ever took place, Amen? Remember that Satan owns the internet, and the information you find when you do 'web searches' on The Family is not to be trusted. It is Satan's web, do not get lost in it. If you get lost in Satan's web, you are out of my circle of protection.

3. Stay in your loving homes. No one else will help you or offer you assistance in any form. It's a scary world out there, but you can avoid it by obeying my Word and staying in your communes. If you have doubts about The Family, or are considering leaving, please speak to your Shepherd. They will tell you what MO letters and GNs to read, and how long you should fast and pray for.

4. Keep an eye peeled when out witnessing or doing outreach, for anyone who has bear mace. Do all these things, and claim the power of the keys, and you will be protected from all of these attacks. (end of prophecy from Jesus)

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From figaro
Monday, August 20, 2007, 12:35

Sammy, I'm impressed! That sounded like a genuine fake prophecy! Worthy of the bergster himself!(reply to this comment
From thatata
Monday, August 20, 2007, 13:52

Actually, historically speaking, the" bergster" would not say this fake prophecy. This type of prophecy would have happened after his death, I laughed though. Its after "loving Jesus" bullshit! Funny stuff!(reply to this comment
From smashingrrl
Thursday, August 16, 2007, 18:38


Sammy my boy, that was actually fucking funny. Next thing you know, bears will be using indoor facilities. (reply to this comment

from thatata
Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 11:16

Can we see it for free?
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From sarafina
Thursday, August 16, 2007, 11:20

Yes you can, when it comes out on HBO in the fall.(reply to this comment
From Peter
Thursday, August 16, 2007, 13:34

It's actually going to be on Cinemax in September.
Here is the schedule (which may change so check your local listings).


Cinemax East – September 5, 2007 – 7PM EST
More Max East – September 8, 2007 – 5:10AM EST
More Max East – September 19, 2007 – 10AM EST
Cinemax East – September 23, 2007 7:20AM EST


Movie Central (Corus Entertainment) – September 6, 2007 7PM ET

I don't have cable or satellite TV service so hopefully there will be DVDs available for purchase or someone will record it for me.
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from Auty
Thursday, August 16, 2007 - 00:06

Hey Darling, long time no see you :-) Just stopped by to see if anything good was going on . . . where are all the old-timers? I can't believe I registered in 2001! Dang, almost six years ago & you're still on here posting! LOL! Miss you too much, hope John is well! Talk to you later baby girlie, give me a ring or catch me on myspace :-) Muah!
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from cheeks
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 09:31

I can't go. But I wish Noah and everyone that helped the best of luck. To all of you who are able to go have fun.
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from Phoenixkidd
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - 08:57

Wish I could go!
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from shikaka
Tuesday, August 14, 2007 - 07:36

How do I buy tickets? do I just show up? is it sold out?
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From sarafina
Tuesday, August 14, 2007, 19:01

Here's where you can pre buy tickets, I have four seats second front row. If you want to sit near us. =)
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From sarafina
Thursday, August 16, 2007, 17:59

Scratch that we moved seats,now have 16 seats in the two back rows and I think theres another group of 10 in the middle.(reply to this comment
From sarafina
Tuesday, August 14, 2007, 09:11


Tickets are $11, $10 for ArcLight, AFI and Skirball members, on-site parking is $2 for four hours with validation. To order advance tickets, go to, call 323.464.4226 or visit ArcLight Hollywood's box office at 6360 W Sunset Blvd. (at Ivar). Admission prices may vary depending on event. (reply to this comment

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