David Russo’s films include I Am Not Van Gogh, which was broadcast on Canal Plus in Europe and distributed theatrically in France. He has also contributed video footage to the Seattle ensemble Awesome’s multimedia rock opera No Signal, and created two short films, Pan With Us and Populi. He is the winner of a Seattle Genius Award from The Stranger, an Honorable Mention at the Sundance Film Festival and a Betty Bowen Memorial Award in Visual Arts.
The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle
The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle is a film that combines self-referential documentary and animation with humorous, poetic narrative. Intended as a response to the filmmaker’s failed narrative feature project about a group of male janitors who become pregnant and then miscarry, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle uses male miscarriage as a surreal, playful metaphor for unrealized ambitions, and as a commentary on gender roles. Russo made this film first as a stand-alone work, later integrating it into a revitalized version of his feature. The New York Times writes, “Looking as if it were devised on acid and executed on mushrooms, this imaginative debut feature from the Seattle artist and filmmaker David Russo finds meaning in cleaning and life in dead ends.”