Richard Gazowsky leads a small church in San Francisco; he's committed to the love of Christ, and dedicated in service to the Lord. He is also convinced that God wants him -- needs him -- to make a multi-million dollar science-fiction film called Gravity: The Shadow of Joseph that will help spread the word of the Lord. The desire to lead a church is not unprecedented; neither is the desire to make a film. Both, however, make for a fairly unusual combination. ...

Directed by Michael Jacobs, Audience of One depicts the community of worship and the collective of art -- all thanks to Gazowsky's visions and belief that this is what God wants him to do. It's easy to see a sprinkling of Ed Wood-style mania in Gazowsky -- no problem is insurmountable, no technical challenge that can't be tackled, no performance so clunky that it can't be fixed in post-production -- but he's also in service of a higher idea. Sure, it's big and bold -- he's imploring local craftpersons to donate work and time, he's taking an untested cast and crew to Italy to film for five days -- but Gazowsky says "If you ask me, this was the message of Christ: To dream big."
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