God on the Street


TYPE
: Documentary Feature
GENRE: Documentary
STATUS: Post-Production

LOGLINE

How do we describe our relationship with something we can’t see? A heartsick woman travels across the country asking strangers to describe their personal – and often surprising – stories of spiritual awakening. She follows them on the path from fear, control and judgment towards faith, acceptance and love.

SYNOPSIS

God on the Street is a documentary about how we define a spiritual experience. It is a series of intimate conversations with people who agreed to share their story with a stranger on the street. No politics, religious dogma, expert opinions, or celebrity grandstanding. It features taxi drivers and teachers, hustlers, cops, atheists, surfers and mothers holding babies. The stories they tell remind us that the mundane can be transcendent. Heartbreak. Car Accidents. Drugs. Nature. Dancing.

God on the Street is more than a movie. It is a way of seeing the world.

Pay attention. Follow the signs. Be open to possibility.

 

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

The driving force behind the narrative of the film is the act of seeking. The film is not just about faith; it is an act of faith. As a first-time documentary maker, I experience longing, doubt, frustration, and moments of surrender, connection and clarity—also markers on the path of spiritual searching. My goal is for members of the audience to imagine themselves in the seeker role. As one of my subjects said, “I could talk to just about anyone about spirituality…but who has time to do that, to stop people in their tracks?” (As he was in the middle of the street talking to me!)

The movie has a visual sense of contemplation, curiosity, and spontaneity. This is a version of verité—I meet people in the midst of their daily lives, they have no time to prep for our conversation, it is live. The movie deals with serious topics, but the process can be very funny. I let the viewer see the realities of run-and-gun filmmaking—asking the subject to turn on lamps in a dark room, cutting to the PA teetering in an unsustainable crouch, the tripod falling over, other “mistakes.” I struggle, and I am imperfect. In spite of the imperfection, it is beautiful. Perhaps because it is imperfect it is beautiful. This is film as inspiration to the artist in all of us.

God on the Street is a multi-platform experience. Online, it is an Instagram feed with photos and “mini meditations” as well as behind the scenes documentation of the making of the movie. The feed will feature pictures of the subjects and quotes from their interviews. God on the Street is also a blog, a book, and a sequel.

 

KEY CREW

Lisa Jan Fogel - Director, Producer, Cinematographer

L.J. is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker who marries her production experience with a 15-year career in digital content strategy. Documentary is the perfect form for her as she enjoys the challenge of real-world situations, the intimacy that can take place between strangers, and the adventure of not knowing what the outcome will be. She is interested in elevating the aesthetic of the world as it is, without manipulating the environment or subject except when absolutely necessary. In her former career, she was an Executive Director of Digital Media, establishing brand voice and managing multi-platform campaigns consisting of television, online and live event content. Her teams have won Webby and CableFax awards. She worked at F/X, Yahoo! and SiTV. (Now Fuse TV.)  L.J. graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College and studied film at NYU. She shot her first films in high school using a VHS-C.

 

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