Audience of One

Audience of One

DVD - 2009
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Jesus Camp meets Lost in La Mancha in this mesmerizing film that follows a charismatic pastor who receives a vision from God to create a multimillion-dollar science fiction epic movie based on the biblical story of Joseph, sending him and his followers on a journey of extreme faith.
Publisher: New York : Indiepix Films, [2009].
Branch Call Number: 289.94092 G291j
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Jacobs, Michael 1978-

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

Richard Gazowsky, a charismatic Pentecostal minister based in San Francisco, claims to have received a message from God instructing him to film the world’s greatest biblical-based science fiction epic. Gathering his friends and family around him---none of whom have any film experience---he mortgages his home and culls his meagre flock for all the dimes and nickels he can get in order to form “WYSIWYG” (What You See Is What You Get) Christian Pictures and begins work on Gravity, a film he describes as “Star Wars meets The Ten Commandments”. Traveling between Italy and California with a ragtag crew and a core group of drunken actors he found on Craigslist, Gazowsky quickly realizes that filming the next big thing is not as easy as the Lord led him to believe. With shoddy equipment continuously breaking down, a drug-addled leading man threatening to mutiny, and a mountain of overdue bills piling up (including a lawsuit from the city of San Francisco over unpaid rent), it’s going to take a miracle to get Gravity off the ground. What begins as a lighthearted and often amusing documentary gradually spirals down into something rather sad and pathetic as we see a severely disillusioned wannabe director desperately trying to attain his dream even as he insists it’s “God’s movie”. Tearful prayer sessions calling upon divine monetary intervention are rendered somewhat insincere as we see him try to bluff and lie his way out of one jam after another; in one particularly disturbing scene Gazowsky attends an industry convention in Las Vegas where he brags about his two-hundred million dollar budget and the filming he plans to do all around the world. In another scene we catch a glimpse of his grandiose delusions as he tells his dwindling congregation about the Lord’s eight-fold plan for him which includes an airline, a television empire, and an outer space colony. Meanwhile his mother, who founded the church he now presides over, looks on with a mixture of sadness and regret. Cunning con artist, deluded dream-chaser, or perhaps a little bit of both, one is still left with the distinct impression that the small voice of God in the back of Gazowsky’s head sounds an awful lot like his own insatiable ego.

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mythoughts
Jan 21, 2013

Totally engaging portrayal of a completely delusional guy who personifies every reason why born-agains are annoying and deluded. Apparently God told him to make a movie. Mayhem ensues.

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JudithE
Mar 10, 2012

Quite fascinating. And it all holds together as long as you accept the underlying premise that, indeed, the good pastor is talking to God. But one wonders, if that is so, why God isn't more influential in bringing the plans to pass.

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Gemininja
Sep 08, 2011

I can't wait for him to make 47 films for jesus. HA-llelujah.

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