Just Say Know: The Films of Tao Ruspoli Vol. 1
Produced by Tao Ruspoli & LAFCO (LA Filmmakers Cooperative)
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Just Say Know: The Films of Tao Ruspoli Vol. 1

Winner, The Other Venice Film Festival 2005

Just Say Know: This profoundly personal artistic achievement follows filmmaker Tao Ruspoli's family as they explore their individual relationships to heroin and opium addiction.

Shot on two continents, this film brilliantly weaves together three generations of use, addiction, and recovery with a poetic sense of affirmation and joy and none of the self-pity so typical of this genre.

"I feel I am on solid ground with an artist who is willing to take chances, to reveal what it is like to be alive on planet earth, struggling; and an artist who has used this personal stuff to create an object which is moving, enlightening, and more human than any film I've seen in ages...Congratulations, Tao, "Just Say know" is a truly fine film (I love it, I cried, it made my own day brighter.)"
-Paul Williams

Includes 5 other short films by the director, including:

Dado Ruspoli: A Portrait-Tao's first film, a 22 minute black and white super 8mm film about his father, Prince Dado Ruspoli

LAFCO 1: The first film about the LAFCO )film bus

Enlightenment: Based on a poem by Dado Ruspoli.

"Between Me and You God,
The Television Set
And then one day,
That fucking screen went blank,
and I was enlightened"

Burning Man Slide Show

Apple Spec commercial

"Just Say Know from other drug documentaries is the candid nature with which the subjects discuss drugs, their addictions, and themselves... For a refreshingly honest and original look at the effects of drugs on real people, this is a real standout short." - FilmCritic.com

"Just Say Know" is beautiful and in many ways profound, and full of life. Filmed in California and Rome and southern Spain, the film, through candid family interviews, chronicles filmmaker Tao Ruspoli's family's longtime submission to heroin and opium. Ruspoli interviews his father, Prince Dado Ruspoli, mother Debra Berger, and younger brother Bartolomeo about their addiction and recovery. It's a short film and powerful in its poetry and frankness. Ruspoli's interviewing is skilled in its subtlety and sincerity - he asked difficult questions but with a heart. The camera work was dynamic, interesting and diverse without being disjointed. There's substance here and poetry - Ruspoli's father quotes a bit about Cocteau that blew me away - "I saved the man but killed the poet" - and Ruspoli never strays from the thematic thread. Dado Ruspoli - what a character. I was glad to have met a bit of the legend. And Ruspoli's mother - an artist who offered another insightful facet to the addiction that the Ruspoli family knew so intimately for so long. The perspectives are interwoven seamlessly, and with obvious tender care. What Ruspoli chose to leave out is almost as intriguing as what he included.

Dado Ruspoli, Debra Berger, Bartolomeo Ruspoli

Most Excellent Short: The Other Venice Film Festival

Title #205800
Format: DVD-R