The Altarmakers

The Altarmakers investigates the modern “spiritual products” industry and the hybridized religious practices of people who buy these items.The filmmaker frames her exploration with her atheist upbringing and discovery of altarmaking as a tool for healing grief, addressing the changed landscape of spiritual practice in a globalized, consumerist era. Set in Los Angeles with footage and interviews from “the world's most complete manufacturer and distributor of spiritual products”, as well as tours of personal altars, The Altarmakers asks what is gained and what is lost when religion becomes a creation of an individual's own interpretation of history.

Premiered September 8th, 2013, at University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts