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A documentary following a Pentecostal minister who receives a vision from God to create an epic science fiction movie based on the biblical story of Joseph, sending him and his followers on a journey of extreme faith. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Richard Gazowsky ... Himself
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Pietro Manigrasso ... Actor
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Directed by
Mike Jacobs 
 
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Alec Farbman .... associate producer
Michael Jacobs .... producer
Zack Sanders .... producer
Matthew Woods .... producer
Randy Woods .... executive producer
 
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Jeff Forrest 
 
Cinematography by
Jim Granato 
Mike Jacobs 
 
Film Editing by
Kyle Henry 
 
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Miik Dinko .... dialogue editor
Dave Nelson .... sound designer
Dave Nelson .... sound re-recording mixer
Nikolas Zasimczuk .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dan Krauss .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Marissa Gallien .... transcriber
Curtis Grout .... assistant editor
 

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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating and Disturbing film about Faith-based film-making, 16 March 2007
Author: JustCuriosity from Austin, TX, United States

This film screened at the SXSW film festival in Austin, TX where it was very well-received by audiences and received a Special Jury Award. Audience of One may be the first "Making Of" film for an unmade film.

The film captured the incredibly bizarre story Reverend Richard Gazowsky's San Francisco-based Pentecostal Church and their efforts to create a film studio and film a great Christian epic film that would be a combination of "Star Wars" and the "Ten Commandments." Audience of One brilliantly captures the inevitable train wreck that ensues as they assemble a cast and crew of mostly incompetent amateurs and attempt to create a great film. Their mistakes are laughable and absurd to any film professional.

Despite persistence and dedication, they spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and are never able to come anywhere close to creating a real film. Audience of One is really a study of the meaning of fundamentalist faith and asks us where we should draw the line between reason/rationality and faith in God. Rational Modernists could view their actions as insane and irrational and wonder whether these people would actually "drink the Kool-Aid" if asked. The film is also a study of the power of charismatic leadership to make people act in ways that seem irrational to outsiders. Still, while their pursuit may seem wasteful and a little foolish it is ultimately fairly harmless compared to, for example, the Rev. Fred Phelps "God Hates Fags" ministry as portrayed in the brilliant documentary "Fall from Grace" (which also screened this year at SXSW).

Audience of One is a truly enjoyable film to watch. It is both humorous and sad at the same time. While Audience of One serves as a warning about the dangers of fundamentalism, it should also offer secular viewers people a useful window into the power of religious faith to inspire believers. Perhaps the real lesson is that faith is a powerful tool and if harnessed for the right means can actually inspire believers in many ways. Here the task that people are inspired to pursue is one that is beyond their means, but that should be contrasted with the vast amount of good deeds that is accomplished by religious believers on a daily basis. I hope that people don't take from this film only the message that faith is dangerous and destructive, but rather the message that faith needs to be balanced with rationality.

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