Mock Up On Mu (image 1)

A modern American myth fashioned from all manner of cultural detritus, notably the prehistory of the sci-fi religion Scientology.

J. Hoberman, Village Voice

Screened as part of NZIFF 2009

Mock Up On Mu 2008

Directed by Craig Baldwin

From the wonderfully warped mind of Craig Baldwin (Tribulation 99, Sonic Outlaws), a delirious found-footage mash-up obsessing on Californian cultdom, the pre-history of Scientology and the American space race.

USA In English
110 minutes Colour and B&W / DigiBeta

DIrector, Producer, Screenplay

Photography

Bill Daniel
,
James T. Hong
,
Daniel Gorrell

Editors

Sylvia Schedelbauer
,
Bill Daniel

Production designer

Lars Auvinen

Sound

Sylvia Schedelbauer
,
Gibbs Chapman

With

Damon Packard (L. Ron Hubbard)
,
Michelle Silva (Marjorie Cameron)
,
Kal Spelletich (Jack Parsons)
,
Stoney Burke (Lockheed Martin)

Festivals

San Francisco, New York, Vancouver 2008; Rotterdam 2009

Elsewhere

“From the wonderfully warped mind of Craig Baldwin (Tribulation 99, Sonic Outlaws) comes this delirious new film, a (mostly) true tale of the occult goings-on at the heart of the American space race. Mixing newly shot footage with an amazing array of archival clips foraged from schlocky pulp serials, industrial films and genre gems, Baldwin has created a playful ‘collage-narrative’ that exposes the all-too-real, all-too-weird ties between California's post-war beatnik, alternative religion sub-cultures and outer space travel. At the heart of it all we find such real life players as jet rocket propulsion pioneer and Aleister Crowley devotee Jack Parsons, his wife Marjorie Cameron (bohemian artist and Kenneth Anger actress), and none other than L. Ron Hubbard.” — Anthology Film Archives

“No one chops and cuts the viscera of our schizoid culture with quite the glee and gusto of Baldwin.” — Peter Culley, Vancouver Film Festival