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Audience of One (2007)



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A Pentecostal minister with no experience as a filmmaker receives a divine vision instructing him to shoot an epic science fiction film based on the biblical tale of Joseph, and documentary filmmaker Michael Jacobs follows every step of the tumultuous film production that follows. As tension on the set rises and the production experiences a series of disheartening setbacks, Jacobs catches charismatic minister-turned-director Richard Gazowsky and his loyal flock as they strive to see their vision reach the silver screen. Set to be shot on 70 mm film and described by the ambitious director as "Star Wars meets The Ten Commandments," "Gravity: The Shadow of Joseph" aspires to truly biblical proportions. Now, as the impressive but inexperienced cast and crew travels to Italy and prepares to shoot their epic on state-of-the-art film equipment, the production hits an unforeseen hitch as the 100 million dollars promised to them by German investors fails to materialize. With rumors of Satan's mischief soon being whispered among the members of the congregation/crew, the pastor remains resolute in his vision and determined to conquer any and all obstacles that stand in their way.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Television
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Apr 28, 2009
Elephant Eye Films

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

Somewhere above us, God is watching Audience of One and chuckling. Mere mortals will be doing likewise.

Full Review… | May 8, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience of One follows the descent of a scrappy indie production into a full-blown fiasco and megalomaniacal folly.

May 8, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

At first, we're led to think we're in for a funny, affectionate portrayal of eccentricity. But as equipment malfunctions and debt piles up, it becomes clear the actual subject is the dangerously empowering nature of fanaticism.

Full Review… | May 6, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Ridiculous as it is, Audience of One is more chilling than funny.

Full Review… | May 5, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

Entertaining in a one-dimensional way, but ultimately rather sad, partly because of the level of delusion on display and partly because Gazowsky and company are an easy target.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Real-life mockumentary.

Full Review… | May 11, 2009

Audience Reviews for Audience of One

Like a character from a Wernor Herzog film, the audience watches as the Pastor of a church decides to make a big budget mash up of The Ten Commandments and Star Wars called Gravity: The Story of Joseph. Like Kinski at the end of Aguirre, you truly witness madness at the final congregation. It's actually kind of chilling, I can honestly say my jaw was hanging open.
Still, up until that point it's a fun film about a guy who dares to dream bigger than he has any right to. Also, it's an ode to Star Wars in the fact that the pastor hadn't seen any movies until he was 40 until he saw Star Wars, which it's awesomeness I'm certain drove him on this crazy mission.

Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

A balanced view of what seems to be delusional faith. Thoughtful Christians should check it out. Similar but less disturbing than Jesus Camp.


Absolutely fascinating and absolutely strange. Making a Biblical science-fiction film? You couldn't make that up if you tried.


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