“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” Joseph Campbell.

“The hero’s Journey is basically the separation from your normal everyday life, when you go out and something big happens to you” tells me Christopher Gallo – one of the DP of the movie - from his house in Venice, “and on your journey you fight your dragons, you have your adventures and then you return home and share your story with others, so they can also being inspired to make their own hero’s journey. For Cambell the frase Once upon a time was a frase in many languages and different cultures. This movie changed my life, and it will have a very strong effetc on anybody who sees it.”

Joseph Campbell + set of finding joe

Gallo and the director on set

FINDING JOE is a rich and inspiring exploration of famed mythologist Joseph Campbell’s (1904–1987) pioneering studies into what he dubbed “the hero’s journey” and its continuing impact on our lives and culture. 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”. And one need not take extraordinary risks or experience dramatic physical adventures to benefit from it. Says another of the film’s interviewees, philosopher and world-famous Tai Chi master Chungliang Al Huang: “It doesn’t have to be high and mighty and fantastic. You can have a very simple life and still go through a similar pattern.”

Joseph Campbell + photo from finding joe

Finding Joe | Inspired by the teaching of Joseph Campbell

Directed by Patrick Takaya Solomon, the documentary spotlights Campbell and his hugely influential work through interviews with a who’s who of writers, artists, entrepreneurs and visionaries including author and public speaker Deepak Chopra, Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, and surfing legend Laird Hamilton. “Joseph Campbell’s work has influenced every major turning point in my life, including my decision to become a director,” says Patrick Takaya Solomon who worked on the popular PBS series “The Power of Myth,” a collaboration between Campbell and Bill Moyers, with inspiring him to make the film. “I wanted to share Campbell’s work with a broad audience and felt that the material in the series would be easier for audiences to grasp if it was told more visually—for example, with story re-enactments or simple visual icons that related more to modern life. Once I came to that realization, I felt compelled to make the film.”

Joseph Campbell + pic from finding joe

Interwoven with the interviews are delightful enactments of classic tales by a troupe of kids, and clips of movies as varied as Star Wars, The Matrix and Rocky that map the hero’s journey—the essential pattern or “monomyth” Campbell saw at the heart of the world’s numerous myths and narratives. The film itself is structured around the different stages of the hero’s journey, the challenges, the fears, the dragons, the battles, and the return home as a changed person. The film also features interviews with actress Rashida Jones (“The Office”), Joseph Campbell Foundation president Robert Walter, author and educator Sir Ken Robinson (Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative), author Robin Sharma (The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari), author and playwright Lynne Kaufman (The Couch), author Alan Cohen (The Dragon Doesn’t Live Here Anymore), author Joseph Marshall III (To You We Shall Return: Lessons About our Planet from the Lakota), the Reverend Rebecca Armstrong, Syracuse University professor of religion David L. Miller, Zen Master David Loy and author Norman Ollestad (Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival).

Joseph Campbell + kids


Check out the trailer: www.findingjoethemovie.com

At The Leammle in Santa Monica, in Los Angeles, for only 1 week, starting today. Five shows a day.

Joseph Campbell + finding joe movie poster

Next opens in San Francisco Oct.14, 2011

Some dates : Santa Barbara, CA Opening Friday October 7 – Denver, CO Opening Friday October 14 – San Diego, CA Opening Friday October 21 – Seattle, WA and Portland, OR Regal Opening Friday October 28, Nevada City, CA Opening Sunday, November 27 201. More Theaters Soon…

“Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends.” ― Joseph Campbell.