Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk premiered at IFS Film Festival on May 10, 2017. It was awarded Best Filmed Screenplay. More screening announcements soon.
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Screenplay: Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk (2017)
Directed by Eric Stoltz.
Author of Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk
Frequent contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle
Radio show host of Drinks with Tony
Instructor at UCLA Extension
Tony DuShane : une vie sauvée par le rock’n’roll
Jan. 18, 2015 profile in Les Inrocks by Yann Perreau
Isaac Fitzgerald profile for Los Angeles Times
Greg Proops profile for San Francisco Chronicle
Irvine Welsh interview for Penthouse
Jon Ronson on Drinks with Tony – April 10, 2015
Buzz Osborne interview for Penthouse
Miranda July profile for San Francisco Chronicle
Wim Wenders on Drinks with Tony
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Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk
A dark coming-of-age comedy that goes behind closed doors into the rarely-glimpsed world of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Gabe is a teenage Jehovah’s Witness convinced God is going to kill him at Armageddon for masturbating.
But Gabe’s not alone: There’s his best friend Peter, who writes obscenities in the margins of his Watchtower; Jin, the Korean kid in the congregation, who subsists on Ho Hos and Doritos; and Camille, who follows Gabe around, trying to be his girlfriend. When he falls in love with Jasmine, Camille’s beautiful older sister, things only get more complicated.
Meanwhile, the adult world around him seems to be going from mildly absurd to full-blown dysfunctional. His dad is an elder in the congregation who decides the fate of sinners (like the married couple who confess to accidentally having anal sex), while his mother waits for happiness on the other side of Armaggedon.
Fearing eternal damnation and caught in the only belief system he has ever known, it is up to Gabe to find a path to romance, love, sanity, and something like happiness.
Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk was a recommended reading pick from Vanity Fair, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR and other major media outlets.
Published by Soft Skull Press it’s a segment of my life as a Jehovah’s Witness teenager…in love with girls, trying to figure out life as a common coming-of-age arc all wrapped up in an environment that’s foreign to outsiders yet surprisingly common to those who grew up religious. It has less run on sentences than the above and people usually tell me, wow, I thought I had it rough, I was laughing my ass off. Which means they were laughing at me. And hell, I laugh at me too.
I worked with a couple of production companies and it was optioned with a push for a TV series and what I noticed on the visual adaptation that was happening was the enthusiasm from production companies, then moving forward pitching networks they couldn’t get on board. Which was a gift because I was able to learn really fast how to deal with rewrite requests and keep my nose in the game while letting trusted people who understood the vision try to go with it.
Ultimately, that lead to copious amounts of energy to be a part of that adaptation process and my belief that synchronicity wasn’t there yet.
Now it’s in the hands of a director through a production company that I have absolute trust in. I wrote the screenplay over about a year and we worked back and forth on notes and mythology of the world of JWs and how to capture that without poking fun at a very real belief system.
The delays, misfires, etc. before finally finding the right soul mates for the screen adaptation was an absolute miracle.
Below are reviews of the book when it came out.
Stay updated on our Facebook page with updates on the film as well as discussion of the book and the lunacy of growing up especially as a Jehovah’s Witness. Like the Facebook page here. (Tony DuShane 2014)
Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)
DuShane writes with an insider’s perspective about this unique world, balancing criticism with understanding and a convincing portrait of the struggle to integrate religion into a modern world, producing an ultimately touching story that will speak to atheists and believers alike.
San Francisco Chronicle
Some novels start out with a fair wind but blow themselves out long before reaching the final passage. Not this one. Getting on DuShane’s narrative arc is a voyage worth taking.
DuShane also nails the sense of fear and paranoia that grips younger members of his congregation. It’s like having the Stasi crash your school dance.
Because DuShane’s prose is stripped refreshingly and equally clean of pomp and pretense, Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk is a book that will stay with me for awhile.
An Amazon Reviewer (one-star)
My nephew said this was a good book. There were interesting parts but overall I found it gross and unappealing.
The Brooklyn Rail
Beyond its somewhat unfortunate title, “Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk” runs the gamut from intensely horrible and angsty to laugh-out-loud ridiculous, and it provides a sharp and powerful introduction to a poignant new voice.
An Amazon Reviewer (five-stars)
I am surprised at how ravenously I devoured this book and that I already want to read it again, which is probably the highest compliment I can pay it.
Hipster Book Club
Tony DuShane has created a highly engaging narrative that is as hilarious as it is deeply moving.
Kenneth DuShane (author’s father)
I couldn’t stop reading, when is the sequel?
The Barcelona Review
I love this book for its excellent storytelling, for the clarity and effectiveness of the prose, for making me laugh, for causing me to gasp and to feel empathy for so many of the characters.
Below are a couple of books I have contributed to and edited.
Chemical Lust – Editor (Monophonic Press, 2006)
Drinks with Tony
Tony DuShane has been working in radio over the last two decades with long stints at KFJC, Pirate Cat Radio and Radio Valencia. Since 2001 he hosts the radio show Drinks with Tony.
Go to: Drinks with Tony
It’s a talk and music show. Currently uploading older episodes while setting up new shows.
Previous guests include Chelsea Handler, Chuck Palhniuk, David Sedaris, Nick Cave, Irvine Welsh, Andre Dubus III, Paul Feig, Steve Buscemi, Gus Van Sant and 100s more.
After he read “Hunger” by Knut Hamsun, he knew his calling as a writer. His obsession for music and DJing began by making mix tapes for girls he liked when he was a Jehovah’s Witness teenager.
He’s the author of “Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk” (Soft Skull Press) and has written about 500 articles for The San Francisco Chronicle as well as other publications like Penthouse, Mother Jones, LA Weekly, The Rumpus and other media outlets.
He’s on the faculty for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program.
Literary Agent: Mollie Glick at Foundry Media.
He edited the literary webzine Cherry Bleeds for 10 years from June 2000 – June 2010.
Birthname: Anthony DuShane
He directed the Filmjunkie Film Festival from 2000 – 2003.
He has done field recording and location sound for TV shoots with Sundance Channel as well as indie short films and radio documentaries.
DuShane feels really strange discussing himself in the third person.
A handful of the many jobs held by Tony DuShane:
Truck loader box thrower for UPS, East Palo Alto (shit job.)
Law Librarian for Visa International, Foster City (catty legal secretaries.)
Accounts Payable for the State of California, San Francisco (boring number crunchers.)
Waiter at Pizzeria Unos, Fremont (people don’t tip.)
Doorman at Hemlock band room, San Francisco (great bands and people.)
Doorman at Edinburgh Castle, San Francisco (fun staff, great people.)
Doorman at The Knockout, San Francisco (rock star owners.)
Doorman at Covered Wagon Saloon, San Francisco (only for Dekonstrukt nights.)
File Clerk at WASC, Alameda (play dumb, temp longer.)
Windows Server Engineer at Hewlett Packard, Cupertino (lots of $, loss of soul.)
Assistant web editor and CMS developer at Sun Microsystems, Menlo Park (wankers.)
Room Service at Hilton Hotel, Fremont (crap management.)
Waiter at Remingtons, Millbrae (sweet owners.)
Room Service at El Rancho Hotel, Millbrae (groovy experience.)
Busboy at Hungry Hunter, Fremont (cunty dude boss.)
Bagger at a grocery store, Fremont (no future, cried in the bathroom.)
Data Entry Clerk for Kaiser, Alameda (absolutely useless people and drama.)
Graveyard web server technician for Syntrio, San Francisco (sweet gig, wrote during downtime.)
Traffic Coordinator for TechTV, San Francisco (fun people, easy gig.)
House cleaner for various employers, San Francisco and Peninsula (dignity loss daily.)
Shuttle Driver for Pacific Bell, San Francisco, San Ramon (traffic sucks balls, especially with uptight execs.)