1 Giant Leap

on March 11, 2002 by Tim Cogshell
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"1 Giant Leap" is a multimedia project whose participants include Dennis Hopper, Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Stipe, Robbie Williams, Tom Robbins, Brain Eno and Babba Maal, as well as several more obscure authors, musicians and philosophers. The film itself is along the lines of a documentary, though it really doesn't document anything in particular. It's a complicated undertaking initiated by filmmaker/musicians Duncan Bridgeman, a video director and founding member of the band Faithless, and Jamie Catto, the noted mix-master and producer of acts like Duran Duran and Paul McCartney. The intent of the material is to express the "unity in the diversity" of the many peoples of the world through writing, spoken word, music, dance and philosophy. The subjects are wide-ranging and include God, money, sex, confrontation, death, unity, braided hair and blasphemy, among other esoteric sources of human discontent.

It's a hodge-podge of several nice but fairly unoriginal new age ideas about peace and oneness. Basically, peace and oneness are good. According to the filmmakers, the images and sounds were recorded around the world using only a digital camera and a laptop. In that way it's all quite extraordinary; exceptional, even. Nevertheless, how one feels about "1 Gaint Leap" ultimately depends on how one feels about the ideas it covers and the participants' points of view. It's the kind of stuff you might call "issue-oriented" and "forward thinking," or "naïve" and "irritating." Thus the measure of the film depends on the viewer's perspective, and nothing else. Starring Tom Robbins, Pops Mohamed, Dennis Hopper, Brain Eno, Michael Franti, Robbie Williams, Michael Stipe, Speech and Kurt Vonnegut. Directed and written by Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman. Produced by D.A. "Jumbo" Vanrenen. A Palm release. Documentary. Unrated. Running time: 90 min.

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