|THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO CHARLIE|
|Cast: ||Charlie Van Ness|
|Crew: ||Producers: David Bussan, Tim Raycroft - Screenwriters: David Bussan, Tim Raycroft
The Gospel According to Charlie concerns the gay, outsider artist Charlie Van Ness. Over the course of eight years, we see Charlie's journey from creating whimsical heart, lip, star, and penis-shaped sculptures out of fiberglass and resin to creating installation art to carving mythical stories into hundreds of stone tablets. The documentary is the story of Charlie's personal transformation as he grapples with the intent of his artistic expressions and the purpose of his life. How can Charlie's evolution as an artist be explained? What demons drive him to destroy over thirty years worth of his artistic output? Director David Bussan's narration guides us through scenes and his observational commentary acts as a counterpoint to Charlie's life on his brother's farm.
David Bussan, Associate Professor of Cinema at Denison University, began teaching at the college in 1987 and served as Chair of the Department of Cinema from 1998-2011. He teaches a range of production courses in 16mm film and digital video including seminars in documentary cinema. He holds an MFA in Film/Video from the California Institute of the Arts and the BA in Cinema from Denison University.
Bussan's portfolio of creative film includes works in documentary, memoir, narrative, and a number of experimental films in the structuralist genre. Other themes wed introspective and philosophical reflections with Midwestern U.S. culture and sites. The Gospel According to Charlie is his first feature documentary.
Mr. Bussan's work has been supported by the Ohio Arts Council and The Center for New Television. (Great Lakes Regional Fellowship). Bussan's films have been screened at national film festivals and on BRT (Northern Cyprus television).