A radical hybrid of multiple genres, Craig Baldwin's MOCK UP ON MU cobbles together a feature-length "collage-narrative" based on (mostly) true stories of California's post-War sub-cultures of rocket pioneers, alternative religions and Beat lifestyles. Pulp-serial snippets, industrial-film imagery, and B- (and Z-) fiction clips are intercut with newly shot live-action material, powering a playful, allegorical trajectory through the now-mythic occult matrix of Jack Parsons (founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory), L. Ron Hubbard (science fiction author turned cult-leader) and Marjorie Cameron (bohemian artist and "mother of the New Age movement"). Their intertwined tales spin out into a speculative farce on the militarization of space and the corporate take-over of spiritual fulfillment and leisure-time.
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This is a movie rich with information, even for someone like me who is quite familiar with the information out there about the characters in the story. It's also speculative -- what if the real story had continued and deaths faked, time spent on the moon, etc..This fits the playful theme that unsticks us from the linear, the seamless, and lets wonder seep through the seems.
This is stitched of a patchwork of amazing clips that are dubbed over, as characters are loosely interpreted by a number of actors in different movies collaged together to create a poetic, absurdist delight.
I'm very glad this movie exists, informative, leading people, I hope, to learn more about the truth, and a good place to go for that is books by Peter Moon's press, Sky Books.