Finding Joe

Finding Joe

DVD - 2011
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Finding Joe is an exploration of famed mythologist Joseph Campbell's studies and their continuing impact on our culture. Through interviews with visionaries from a variety of fields interwoven with enactments of classic tales by a sweet and motley group of kids, the film navigates the stages of what Campbell dubbed The Hero's Journey: the challenges, the fears, the dragons, the battles, and the return home as a changed person. Rooted in deeply personal accounts and timeless stories, Finding Joe shows how Campbell's work is relevant and essential in today's world and how it provides a narrative for how to live a fully realized life - or as Campbell would simply state, how to "follow your bliss".
Publisher: Hillsboro, OR : Beyond Words Publishing, c2011
Branch Call Number: DVD 158.1 FIN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 80 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Sep 30, 2014

This was the director's personal experience with the Joseph Campbell's universal Hero's Journey Myth. This is a low budget but effective interpretation. I really enjoyed the children playing out the myth. What child hasn't? The child actors were the director's son and his neighborhood friends. It felt like the kids had created their own costumes and were playing out The Myth as a demonstration of how universal it is. I appreciated the director keeping to what he knew, rather than trying to pan all cultures to prove Joe's theory. If that is what you are looking for in a Joseph Campbell film then I would suggest viewing the Bill Moyer JC series. I give it 4 stars

Jun 22, 2014

I wanted to like this video based on the earnest interview with the director and the theme but ... after opening viewing I couldn't escape feeling like I was watching an infomercial rather than a heartfelt and meaty film (escuse the term meaty vegetarians:). Also the parts with the child are entirely a boy child -- the dragon costume looks super amateurish -- most of the people interviewed for words of wisdom were caucasian male. The wisdom shared felt simplistic and imparted from a priviledged position. Those people who have had to really struggle won't feel grateful at being offered more non-nutritional porridge to drink -- goes down smooth but does nothing.

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