The End of the World Came and Went, But Training for the Apocalypse Never Ends
Training for the Apocalypse, which premiered on NatGeo last spring and is now out on video, profiles different survivalists who figure it is just a matter of days before most of the human race goes "pfft."
There's an exiled Mormon prophet who saw Barack Obama's 2008 presidential election as the ultimate sign the world is ending, calling it an "Obamination" to have a black man in the White House. Other than the help, presumably.
The lens is also turned on a Provo, Utah, fellow who, after nearly dying in a motorcycle accident, sold his business and real estate in favor of starting a utopia in the middle of nowhere for survivors of the world's end. A now grown guy raised terribly in Philadelphia, PA, had been prepared to enter his bunker alone with his family--until an LSD trip created a feeling of wanting to help his neighbors survive, too.
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VanAlkemade, who directed the 2007, Morgan Spurlock-produced documentary What Would Jesus Buy? and 11 episodes of the reality TV show Dog the Bounty Hunter, has a knack for capturing the closely guarded with their guards down. But even more impressive is his editing and use of music, which gives his film a breezy feel--no small trick when one is presenting overlapping stories.
Here's the trailer:
More about the doc at www.facebook.com/trainingfortheapocalypse and www.finaltraining.org.
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