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YEAR 2014

SECTION Premieres

COUNTRY U.S.A.

RUN TIME 90 min

Don Verdean is a man of faith who has devoted his life to biblical archaeology, scouring the globe in search of artifacts that back up the teachings of Jesus Christ. Now, traveling from town to town, he and his devoted assistant, Carol, spread the gospel by peddling books and DVDs out of his shabby RV, while his Holy Land contacts, Boaz and Shem, do the digging from afar. When evangelical preacher Tony Lazarus offers to bankroll Don’s modest roadside operation, the escalating pressure to find increasingly significant relics leads Don and his team down a less-than-righteous path. With more than just the word of God on the line, Don finds himself in the midst of a spiteful feud between two opposing congregations, leaving him to question what is truly important in life.

With a fantastic ensemble cast in tow, director Jared Hess returns to the Sundance Film Festival with this hilarious and biting satire that explores the thin line between faith and fabrication. —A.M.

EMAIL noahjgerrard@gmail.com

COMPANY Row 1 Productions

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Jared Hess first came to the Sundance Film Festival in 2004 with his directorial debut, i>Napoleon Dynamite. He returns to this year's festival with his latest comedy, Don Verdean. Hess lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Jerusha, and their children.