In a small town in Kansas, a small group of Conclavists believe that all every Pope elected since Vatican II is a heretic (and the appointments to the College of Cardinals since 1958 to be invalid), so they’ve elected their own — David Bawden, or Pope Michael.
Bawden was elected Pope Michael in 1990 by a group of six lay lay Sedevacantists, which included himself and his parents, to fill the vacancy they consider to have been caused by the death of Pope Pius XII in 1958.
From the film synopsis:
Half an hour outside of Topeka, in a small town of 150 people, a man named David Bawden lives with his elderly mother in a blue farmhouse surrounded by soybean and wheat fields. David Bawden is known as “Pope Michael”, a man who believes that the changes to the Catholic church in the 1960′s have driven a small group to elect him pope of what they believe is now the only true Roman Catholic Church. He has spent 19 years trying to get his word out through the internet and other mediums, and now he is bringing two young men into his house to train as priests.
The movie is complete and will play the film festival circuit later this year.