Storytelling in all its forms is skewered in The Catechism Cataclysm. This shish kebab of wild characters melts together stories within stories until the lines between the Bible, Mark Twain, and campfire tales are wiped out, and the viewer is carried down the river into a divinely bizarre and funny tale.
Father Billy, a young priest who has lost interest in the church, decides to take a sabbatical. He tracks down his high-school friend Robbie, who begrudgingly agrees to a canoe trip. On the water, the two men reminisce about Billy’s days as the keyboardist in a Christian band and Robbie’s as a guitarist for a metal band, but when night approaches, they realize they have lost their way—and that’s when things get weird.
Buoyed by commanding comedic performances and deft handling by director Todd Rohal, The Catechism Cataclysm spins a fantastic yarn that shines a light on the power of absurd fiction. –Sundance Film Festival
Todd Rohal is an American independent filmmaker. He is often grouped with the mumblecore movement. His feature film is 2006’s The Guatemalan Handshake. He is also responsible for the short films Single Spaced (1997), Slug 660 (1998), Knuckleface Jones (1999) and Hillbilly Robot (2001).
He won the Jury Special Award for Best Film for The Guatemalan Handshake at the Slamdance Film Festival in 2006.
Rohal attended filmmaking classes at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He currently resides in New York, where he is in pre-production on a film about an incident that happened to him in his youth. When Rohal was a Boy Scout, some scoutmasters faked a death as part of a first aid test. The film will center around the effect the incident had on the boys’ lives. —Wikipedia
Absurd little tale of a priest tracking down the man he idolized as a teen and taking a canoe trip with him that degerates into weirdness. Not sure what to make of this one but can certainly attest to the annoying performance by lead Steve Little. Campfire scene strange yet somehow cool but in the end a truly pointless exercise.
Well-received in Sundance and SXSW, the film’s facing a pretty tough crowd in New York.
The world premiere of Andrew Haigh's Weekend made for a somewhat intimate Friday evening, and appropriately so. While another premiere, Source
"Todd Rohal's gleefully dopey comedy The Catechism Cataclysm opens with a bumbling priest (played by Steve Little) telling his congregation