Written/Directed By: Patrick Takaya Solomon

Produced By: Kate Churchill

Starring: Deepak Chopra, Mick Fleetwood, Tony Hawk, Rashida Jones, Laird Hamilton, Robert Walter, Robin Sharma, Catherine Hardwicke, Sir Ken Robinson, Akiva Goldsman and more.

Distributed By: Balcony Releasing


“Finding Joe” is a very odd documentary that functions almost as a middle school primer about story construction and mythology. But, there is material to blossom out of there and actually build a narrative. Director Patrick Takaya Solomon never bothers to work that out. What we get instead is a nearly 90 minute loop of random figures talking about how we should all follow our bliss. The gross simplification of Campbell’s work churned into a New Age mantra is enough to make me sick.


Sure, I’ve read “The Hero With a Thousand Faces” more times than I can count…but that doesn’t I mean I’m sucker for this. There’s so little of Campbell’s actual work present in the documentary that one wonders what was the point. When you look at the bizarre assembly of celebs from Tony Hawk to Rashida Jones to Akiva Goldsman, you have to wonder what was the point. The editing and constant interview smashing makes one think of an infomercial cross-bred with a Coke commercial.

Why do I care about children dressed up as Knights fighting dragons? Why do I care about how celebs became famous by focusing on themselves and casting all others aside? The only people who come across as semi-decent are Tony Hawk and Laird Hamilton, as they discuss how they overcame adversity and ended up helping others. If this flick makes it to the arthouse circuit, I’d be surprised. Documentary fans will expect more and the mainstream will ignore it until it appears in the Redbox or on television.

FINDING JOE opens on September 30, 2011 in LA; national rollout to follow.

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