Film TitleHeaven + Earth + Joe Davis
- Saturday 01 October 18:30
- Sunday 02 October 10:00
- All Tickets £10.00
|Writer:||Peter Sasowsky||Original Format:||Digital Video|
|Dir. of Photography:||Peter Sasowsky||Print Source:||Peter Sasowsky|
|Producer:||Peter Sasowsky, Amy Grumbling|
In Competition: Best Documentary
A portrait of a man who sends vaginal contractions into space to communicate with aliens to save the human race. This is not fiction.
This documentary follows the idiosyncratic and inspirational Joe Davis. He is a character of contradictions. At a glance he almost seems like a lunatic and, at the beginning of the film indeed, he appears as some kind of crazed vagrant. But as it unfolds and we venture deeper into his world we see that he is an inspired and lucid individual, a science genius and maverick artist, with an incredibly lively and fertile mind, a place where science and art seamlessly merge.
He has ideas and conceives projects - transmitting vaginal contractions into space, tempting the devil with a genetically modified pink apple - which, out of context, seem totally insane, but once you start buying into his left field logic and infectious, artistic passion make perfect sense. An audacious and rebellious outsider, there is a counter-culture quality to his work and his attitude; he is the Hunter S. Thompson of science.
We follow his chaotic existence. Always on the move, almost penniless and constantly being evicted, we get the sense that the world hasn’t caught up with Joe Davis. Maybe if he slowed down for a minute people would, but he isn’t motivated by money or recognition. Like many great artists, Davis isn’t understood in his own time.
Poetic, philosophical and frequently profound, this expertly constructed documentary skilfully captures and encapsulates a truly remarkable individual, who, it seems, may yet have a legacy which not even he himself could anticipate.
01 October 2011 I-Flicks 5 Star review for: Heaven + Earth + Joe Davis
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