LEAP OF FAITH is a complete dissection and sweeping examination of the award-winning genre classic The Exorcist. Explore the uncharted depths of William Friedkin’s mind’s eye, the nuances of his filmmaking process, and the mysteries of faith and fate that helped shape his life and filmography, as told by the man himself.
Nominee for Best Documentary on Cinema at 2020 Venice Film Festival, Audience Award Winner at 2020 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and 2020 Official Selection for Sundance Film Festival
"Meticulously but also expansively, Friedkin goes through every aspect of the movie’s development and creation. His relationship with “Exorcist” author William Peter Blatty is fascinating. " -- Roger Ebert
“Leap of Faith” chiefly examines — per its title — the film’s spiritual allusions and illusions, distinguishing it from just any old making-of doc." -- Variety
About the filmmaker
Alexandre O. Philippe holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is Creative Director at Exhibit A Pictures. Most of his films take on the role of unpacking the most influential works of master filmmakers, and dissecting seminal screen moments.
Recent films include Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist, which premiered in competition at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival (Venice Classics), and had its North American debut at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival; and Memory: The Origins of Alien, which premiered as the Opening Midnight Film at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, and was released theatrically, on home video and VOD/SVOD by Screen Media, Legion M, and Dogwoof.