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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

Directed by
Mike Jacobs 
 
Produced by
Alec Farbman .... associate producer
Mike Jacobs .... producer (as Michael Jacobs)
Zack Sanders .... producer
Matthew Woods .... producer
Randy Woods .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
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
 
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Marissa Gallien .... transcriber
Curtis Grout .... assistant editor
 

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Documenting a delusion, 26 June 2007
Author: A.J. LaFollette from Rockville, MD

A pentecostal preacher sees his first movie at age 40. He receives a vision from God telling him to produce a science fiction epic. He convinces his family and parishioners to dedicate all their money and time to shooting this movie in Italy, on a 65 mm camera. The plan involves God providing a 200 million dollar budget after they start shooting. No, just in case you were wondering, this isn't going to end well.

Director Mike Jacobs gives us a front-row seat as Pastor Richard Gazowsky and his Christian WYSIWYG production company fight a losing battle against reality. Thirty years after Jim Jones led a similar San Francisco congregation on a descent into madness, there's an element to this tale of history repeating itself as farce. Yet Gazowzky comes off more like a deranged version of the Music Man than a sinister cult leader. He's a charming and naive huckster who has conned the people around him, including himself, into indulging his fantasy. When he bravely led his wife and kids onto the stage at the Silverdocs Festival to answer audience questions, it was hard not to feel some grudging admiration for a man who is so unwilling to let others discourage him from pursuing his dreams.

But "Audience of One" relentlessly chronicles his reckless abuse of other people's money and faith in pursuit of those dreams. At times, the terrible decision-making on display is stressful to watch. This is a fascinating character study, and a fair and honest treatment of a strain of religious faith that deserves to be seriously questioned.

It is a rich irony that God's plan for Richard Gazowsky gave us an excellent film after all.

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