Hallelujah! Ron Athey: A Story Of Deliverance
Producer: Catherine Gund in collaboration with Ron Athey
Director: Catherine Gund in collaboration with Ron Athey
Raised by his grandmother to be a Pentecostal minister, Ron Athey was speaking in tongues by the age of ten, a heroin addict by seventeen, and a performance artist by twenty-three. An HIV-positive gay man, Athey practices sadomasochistic ritual as a personal religion, using it as a means of transcendence. Hallelujah! presents Athey's life and work, spending time with him on and off the stage in Mexico City, Zagreb, and Los Angeles. Using an intimate hand-held, Hi-8 camera style, Hallelujah! combines at home verite footage and interviews with scenes from Athey's trilogy: Martyrs and Saints, Four Scenes in a Harsh Life, and Deliverance.
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