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The screenings for the April Coyote Film Festival include the multi-award winning film “Audience of One” by Michael Jacobs and the animation, “And Then Suddenly” by Oded Naaman on Saturday, April 25.
There will be two showings: a late matinée at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Calpine Geothermal Visitor Center, 15500 Central Park Road, Middletown.
The entire program will be approximately two hours including a question and answer session with Jacobs.
“Audience of One” is cinema verité about the making of a film by Voice of Pentecost Church in San Francisco.
Chris Garcia of the Austin American Statesman, sums up the film in his review. “Save for George Lucas, everyone needs a powerful excuse to make a big-budget sci-fi adventure epic. Richard Gazowsky, pastor of the Voice of Pentecost Church in San Francisco, stated, God told him to. Gazowsky's grand movie idea is a futuristic retelling of the biblical tale of Joseph, with alien creatures, elaborate sets, costumes and special effects. He calls it ‘Star Wars meets The 10 Commandments,’ and, looking heavenward, prays, ‘Jesus, we are shooting this movie for you, an audience of one.’ Michael Jacobs' ceaselessly engaging, scrupulously nonjudgmental chronicle of Gazowsky and his flock going full-bore into a massive, $100 million film production is the ideal picture … where passion, can-doism, jots of naïveté and gobs of faith converge for cinematic dream-weaving. As the doc's main character, Gazowsky is endearing and sweet, a sanguine if irresponsible Quixote who enlists our goodwill — his movie is patent folderol, yet you cheer for him — before squandering it with faith-bloated hubris.”
The animation, “And Then Suddenly” by Oded Naaman, will begin the screening. A private moment of enlightenment is converted to a fable, illustrated using symbolism, imagination and a bit of self humor.
Tickets are $10 at the door and $5 for kids 16 and under. There is plenty of parking and fresh popcorn and concessions are also available.
Coyote Film Festival is a fundraising arm of EcoArts of Lake County, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing visual art opportunities and ecologic stewardship to the residents and visitors of Lake County.