Erich Von Stroheim and Cecil B. DeMille may not have believed they had a divine right to make movies, but on the set they were assuredly God. Pastor Richard Gazowsky of Voice of Pentecost Church is content to take his cues from a higher authority: One day in 1995, the San Francisco minister announced to his congregation that God had instructed him to set up a television and movie studio to spread the Word. Gazowsky founded Christian WYSIWYG Filmworks and, after completing a handful of marginally competent films, embarked on a 70mm sci-fi feature. Michael Jacobs excruciatingly funny Audience of One tracks the train wreck of Gravity: The Shadow of Joseph with a cool eye, compiling a riveting record of a relentlessly driven director who took a leap of faith and got in over his head. Gazowskys saving grace, as it were why he evokes sympathy rather than enmity is that he didnt get into filmmaking for the glory, but for His glory.
March 27-April 3, 2009