Where is God when you need forgiveness?

My Mother Was Right
Laurelhurst Theater
2735 E. Burnside
Sunday May 12 at 9:30, 10:30 p.m.

Former Central Catholic High School student body president Jeff Dodge begs the question, what if the Catholics are right? What if after judgment day those who neglected to repent end up in a hellish world? Let’s hope that this at least holds true for the plethora of perverted priests running rampant across the country. No amount of atonement is going to save them.

For everyone else: This locally and independently produced film could either help you sort out the madness or leave you wondering what it all means. In his new film entitled “My Mother Was Right,” Dodge has created a world where the people who were too busy watching the tube to make amends for their sins end up in a “hellishly comic animated world where their fate is decided by a Gene Rayburn/Wink Martindale wannabe.”

The film stars a whole slew of local “indie-rock pop-arazzi” celebrities including DJ Gregarious as a John Denver-like character. The most noteworthy moment of the film according to the filmmaker is the “faux commercial for Jesus’ Body Breaded Flakes and Christ’s Blood Juice.”

This is Dodge’s first foray outside the world of cable access and he has definitely chosen hot subject matter. Many filmmakers before him have tackled the subject of religion but few have succeeded with comedy. The most recent example would be the Kevin Smith film, “Dogma,” in which he plays with the idea of an apocalypse after the fall of two angels played by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Let’s hope that Dodge has created a more inventive film because Alannis Morissette as God in the Smith effort was too much to handle.

It sounds like a great ride and there is nothing better than supporting local artist in their efforts. I have a feeling that this film is going to be very funny, and if nothing else let’s hope that it at least pisses people off.

The filmmakers ask that you confess your sins before the star studded premier. You could also bring your mom. It could be a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day.

So, come on down to the Laurelhurst Theater this Sunday and ask yourself if you are going to be rapping on the pearly gates or trying to answer Jeopardy! style questions to keep your butt out of the hot seat. The film shows at 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.