Project Summary

The Book of Harth follows New York-based conceptual artist Harth (née David Greg Harth) as he collects signatures in the final year of his most dedicated work, The Holy Bible Project. The work itself is an aggregation of signatures from artists, musicians, politicians, actors, writers, scholars, activists, entrepreneurs and filmmakers, signed in one bible over a period of 20 years. The film captures Harth and the lengths he takes to reach his goals as the end of the project nears, while also asking larger questions about an individual’s role in the world.

Even before the Internet and the rise of the Google search, Harth tracked down participants and created his own access. He waited at the stage doors amongst fans. He snuck backstage. He traveled the country, sometimes the world. He calls the act, “bible hunting.” Eating, drinking, bathroom breaks or talking on the phone during this time weren’t allowed. Distraction meant potentially missing his target. Indeed, Harth spent hours, on most days, researching or waiting for an icon to appear. And then they did.

The Book of Harth focuses on the history of The Holy Bible Project and chronicles its closing year. In the film, Harth struggles to find people of “value” to contribute to the work in an age of instant gratification. But as time goes by, the climate that Harth finds himself in becomes more diluted as information becomes easier to obtain. As the end of the project draws near, large questions loom. Who will be the last person to sign before the clock strikes midnight on April 25, 2017—the project’s last active day? Will it be someone of great importance?

Since its inception, over 1,800 people have participated in The Holy Bible Project, including Bono, Muhammad Ali, David Bowie, Oprah Winfrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Paul McCartney, Robert De Niro, Pelé, Meryl Streep, Luciano Pavarotti, George Clooney, Mick Jagger, Leonard Cohen, Brad Pitt, Hunter S. Thompson, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Madonna. The film explores intriguing stories behind past encounters and showcases a few from the project’s final year—namely Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Julian Assange, John Williams and Michael J. Fox.

Why did Harth do this? What does the project symbolize? Is it art? Why are people so obsessed with celebrities and fame? As the film raises these questions, Harth’s family, friends and colleagues discuss what it’s been like to witness his progress over the past two decades. Amidst themes of art, religion and subversion, self-deprivation and culture, The Book of Harth captures an artist as he completes the work he set out to explore.

Please note: this is not a religious film.
Harth in a crowd attempting to get a signature in the bible from actor Tom Hiddleston

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Harth is not asking for an “autograph.” He is asking for people to participate in the art work. Harth asks such people as musicians, artists, actors, writers, politicians, activists, intellectuals, poets, athletes, pioneers, entrepreneurs, scholars, designers, directors, filmmakers, icons, etc. He will never sell this art work to an autograph collector, but in the future it will be on exhibition in an art gallery and/or art museum.

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NYC Short Documentary Film Festival
Producers Club Theaters, 358 W 44th StNew York, NY

Mar 22
7th Annual Chain NYC Film Festival
Chain Theatre, 312 W 36th St 4th FloorNew York, NY

Aug 9
DOC NYC
IFC Center, 323 6th AveNew York, NY

Nov 6 - 15
Directed by
Pierre Guillet
Artist
David Greg Harth
Special Thanks: All the participating celebrities who gave their
time to be part of this documentary