Philip Cioffari Jesusville

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Jesusville

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When Joshua Farley--a cult figure searching for an hallucinogenic plant rumored to allow the user to see God--disappears under mysterious circumstances, his disciples gather in the New Mexico desert to await his return.

But they aren't the only ones looking for him and the legendary plant.

Other desperate people have also made the trek to this remote section of the world: a disillusioned journalist  hoping to restore his lost faith; a small-time hood on the lam from the mob; Farley's disinherited son; a teenage sexpot who claims to be Farley's mistress; and a gang of mobsters come to even an old score.

They meet in a darkly comic, twenty-first century equivalent of Judgment Day.

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Most of the characters in JESUSVILLE have lost faith--in themselves, in God, the Church , or the social order--and so are searching to reclaim what has been taken from them. I wanted to depict the emptiness at the heart of each of them, and the struggle for meaning that results. As their frustration mounts, they turn to more desperate measures and that desperation exposes their vulnerability, their need for redemption, and ultimately their humanity. What better place than the desert to serve as the setting for man's isolation and seeming inconsequentiality in the face of the universe.

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According to Aztec legend, a highly hallucinogenic variant of the sage plant, a cousin of Salvia Divinorum (Sage of the Gods), grows wild in the remote canyons of the New Mexico desert. Legend says the plant is so powerful when ingested that the user comes face to face with the living God. When Joshua Farley vision-seeker and cult hero mysteriously vanishes while searching for this plant, his disciples gather in the desert to pray for his return. They are not the only people looking for him and the elusive "Jesus" plant.

A Bronx hood on the lam from the mob hopes to use the plant to barter for his life.

A voluptuous teenage sexpot claiming to be Farley's mistress hopes to unravel his disappearance.

A budding journalist and religious skeptic hopes to expose what he believes is the fraudulent nature of the plant. His photographer/girlfriend, as emotionally lost as she is beautiful, confronts her own troubles in a nearby decaying Biblical theme park called "The Holy Land."

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