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Audience Of One (2007)

Richard Gazowsky , Michael Jacobs  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Gazowsky
  • Directors: Michael Jacobs
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Indiepix Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QU8834
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,733 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Ten years ago, a pastor from the Voice of Pentecost Church in San Francisco received a prophetic whisper - a directive from God to make movies for the Lord. Using donations from his congregation, he slowly transformed his church into a fully functioning movie studio, and the production company Christian WYSIWYG Filmworks was born. After experimenting on several small projects, Pastor Richard Gazowsky announced he and his WYSIWYG crew were going to make a film entitled, "Gravity: The Shadow of Joseph", a $50 million biblical science fiction movie that would redefine the Hollywood epic. AUDIENCE OF ONE is a documentary that chronicles the making of "Gravity". This verite-style film goes inside a Pentecostal church, where the charismatic Gazowsky leads his loyal cast and crew on an incredible journey that tests the limits of faith. From pre-production at their church, to shooting principal photography in Italy, to leasing an enormous studio on an island in the San Francisco Bay, AUDIENCE OF ONE keeps pace with an embattled church production looking to God in order to keep their dream alive. Full of humor and pathos, what transpires is a story of obsession, faith and delusion.


Manages, as the best docs will, to tell a resonant, character-driven story that makes us think, all the while laughing and cringing. --- Anne Lewis, The Austin Chronicle

A comical and complex example of the conflict of religious devotion. ---Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe

Fascinating documentary that could catch on theatrically. ---Ronnie Scheib, Variety

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5.0 out of 5 stars A highly entertaining documentary May 27, 2009
AUDIENCE OF ONE follows pastor Richard Gasowsky as he and his congregation struggle to make their first film, after he has a vision sent from God. He sells his house and he and his family move back in with his mother, as he raises the funds and convinces his church to make the science fiction version of the story of Joseph. He takes the crew all the way to Italy and back, as well as through the San Francisco legal system, as they try to learn how to make a film, and wait for funding from a mysterious German source. Despite the absurdity of the story-line, director Michael Jacobs gives us a rather unbiased, uncritical view of these aspiring filmmakers, allowing the characters and the people to take over without any mocking. In the end he produces a highly entertaining documentary that tells us of faith and filmmaking. I am still wondering what it was like to be a filmmaker filming other fimmakers that have no idea what they are doing. Was it frustrating? Did the documentary crew help? Perhaps I'll have to check out the DVD special features and see if I find my answer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A cautionary tale January 27, 2010
On the surface, this documentary is about a preacher and his San Francisco congregation working together to do what they believe God has called them to do -- produce a Bible-based sci-fi / fantasy film. On a deeper level, it's an opportunity to observe how a rational faith can morph into a delusional one, and how confidence in one's own vision is abandoned when one's faith is given over to the vision of another.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Religion Does It Again May 17, 2010
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I thoroughly enjoyed the movie but am dumbfounded at how gullible people are. Again it has been demonstrated that all one has to do it associate religion with something and many people will believe it unquestionably. There appears to be no critical thinking about anything the minister and his family say or propose, no matter how absurd it is. Most of those involved in the making of the minister's movie substitute prayer, formula religious gestures and behavior for talent and reality. When they can't pay their bills they blame Satan, rather than admit they are in over their heads. Views of the church and it's parishoners give the impression that they are poorly educated and not very successful in life. The actors he chooses don't have an ounce of talent and seem to be people with problems. In the midst of their financial problems the minister has eight more ideas from God that are even more absurd and the parishioners seem to be inspired by them. I would certainly watch the movie again and recommend it to others.
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