Harold Camping was the Christian radio broadcaster who issued multiple failed predictions of when the End Times would begin, making him famous and generating millions of dollars.
Now a new film called Apocalypse Later: Harold Camping vs. the End of the World has just been released that documents Campings rise and fall.
Filmmaker Zeke Piestrup had exclusive access to Camping in the days leading up to May 21, 2011, which is when Camping predicted Judgment Day would begin. In fact, he was hired by Camping’s ministry to do a series of YouTube videos counting down the days. As a recent article on Mental Floss puts it,
When the apocalypse failed to occur, this of course left Piestrup with a wealth of material for a feature documentary. (He also interviewed Biblical scholars later, who are the intellectual pillars of the film.) Piestrup interviewed Camping one last time, a year after his failed prediction. That interview is the emotional heart of the film—it’s where we learn what happens when an apocalypticist learns that he was wrong. That interview alone is worth the price of admission.