A collage of campy sci-fi flicks, industrial clips and poorly shot dramatizations, this mix of fantasy and fact finds moon-based entrepreneur L. Ron Hubbard (Damon Packard) sending loyal underling Marjorie Cameron (Michelle Silva) to Earth to seduce rocket scientist Jack Parsons (Kalman Spelletich). In filmmaker Craig Baldwin’s fanciful farce, Scientology founder Hubbard boosts his fortune by building amusement parks and selling ads.
Craig Baldwin (born 1952) is an American experimental filmmaker. He uses “found” footage from the fringes of popular consciousness as well as images from the mass media to undermine and transform the traditional documentary, infusing it with the energy of high-speed montage and a provocative commentary that targets subjects from intellectual property rights to rampant consumerism.
Craig Baldwin was born in Oakland, California and grew up in nearby Sacramento. He attended college at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of California at Davis. He later earned an M.A. from San Francisco State University in 1986. It was there, in San Francisco State’s Cinema Department, that he first became interested in collage film during his studies under Bruce Conner, a filmmaker famous for his artwork of scraps, which extend beyond film into traditional collage, sculpture, and photography. He is also a professor at the University of California at Davis.
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baldwin's mash-up movie follows the real-life craziness surrounding rocket scientist jack parsons and l. ron hubbard. the story, which becomes more linear the longer you watch, is told through an oppressive assault of kitschy appropriated footage. stylistically, the whole production has a late-eighties pomo feel to it; ironic without being funny. the strange premise makes up for most faults. ambitious and annoying.