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MIPTV Picks 2012: Holy Rollers

If you think that betting at blackjack and card counting at casinos is not universally regarded as "holy" behavior, odds are you're not alone in that assessment.
March 24, 2012

If you think that betting at blackjack and card counting at casinos is not universally regarded as “holy” behavior, odds are you’re not alone in that assessment. But the members of the Church Team, 25 blackjack players based throughout the U.S. who have used their prayerful prowess to “beat the house” and bring in approximately $100,000 a month for their faith, might beg to differ. This film tells the story behind the team and its extra-ecumenical exploits, and examines the crises of conscience that can arise when you’re a card counting Christian.

Partners: Connell Creations, distributed by Electric Sky (Brighton)

Length: 52 minutes or 91 minutes

Rights available: Worldwide

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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