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Act One

God's Close-Up

This entire episode is devoted to a single act, the story of several unlikely people brought together by an equally unlikely undertaking. Reporter Nancy Updike tells the story of Ben McPherson, an artist and devout Mormon who's creating a series of paintings depicting scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. Ben first stages these scenes in an elaborate tableau using props and actors in period costumes. He then lights and photographs them, later using the photos as references for his enormous, lifelike paintings. One of Ben’s problems is that to make the paintings historically accurate, the men must have beards. But Mormonism frowns on facial hair, so Ben searches Utah's homeless shelters and anarchist cafes for bearded men to use as models. His Jesus is a Marxist economics grad student named Matt Bradbury, whose girlfriend Kristi Davis, a lapsed Mormon who fled to New York City, isn’t too happy about his modeling gig.