J.R. "Bob" Dobbs And The Church Of The Sub Genius
Official Selection: SXSW, Fantasia Film Festival, Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
“Boone gives us both a nostalgic account on this underground movement and how their sci-fi inspired dystopia applies to each decade of history, up till today, where the documentary earns its whole-hearted earnestness.” – Film Inquiry.
“Not only a colorful piece of weird-Texas history but a surprising commentary on the current state of the world.” – The Hollywood Reporter.
What started out as an inside joke amongst two self-proclaimed weirdos in Texas soon became much more than they bargained for. Frustrated by the sharp rise of consumer culture, besties Douglass St. Clair Smith and Steve Wilcox decided to turn conservative southern ideology on its head and invent a new religion all their own. Spurred by the overreach of Christianity and zealous televangelists of the day, the pair concocted religious monikers (Reverend Ivan Stang and Dr. Philo Drummond), a newly minted prophet (J.R. "Bob" Dobbs), and devised a crusade to expose the conspiracy of normalcy by using humour as the ultimate weapon. With contributions from SubGenius participants and devotees including Richard Linklater, Nick Offerman, Penn Jillette and Devo’s Gerald Casale, J.R Bob Dobbs captures the hilarious history of this cosmic prank that challenged the mores and mendacities of its moment, and in anticipated the existential insanity that’s infiltrated our own.