The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle is from local Seattle filmmaker David Russo who wrote the story (according to his intro) via some inspiration (loose inspiration I'm assuming) from his 11 years working as a janitor. The film played during SIFF 2009 though technically I caught it after the festival as part of the "Best in Fest" weekend. As I'm in serious catchup mode I'm feeling too lazy to explain by myself what this film is about. So cribbing directly from the SIFF website,
"After Dory is fired from his corporate job, he’s forced to take a “brown-collar” position cleaning office toilets with a pack of janitorial misfits. Accepting of his search for spiritual and human connection, the group quickly becomes his adoptive family. They make the most of their nights by helping themselves to whatever goodies are left behind by the daytime office staff. But when they unwittingly become the subject of a product-testing experiment by one of the companies in the building, they begin to experience some very unusual hallucinations and other side effects."This part is pretty accurate. The side effect is rather odd and involves a blue sort of creature growing in the digestive tract of men who eat the experimentation products (cookies) left by the evil marketing firm for them to find. "Birth" of these creatures is a bit unpleasant though apparently a non-fatal event. The performances of the cast are pretty good and overall it's an interesting movie. Though I was far from gripped by the storyline. There's a bit of animation mixed in especially around the hallucinations. This doesn't at all detract from the story and are well integrated giving it an unusual look (meant in a positive sense) overall. So it wasn't an unpleasant experience - but at the same time it wasn't exactly transcendent for me. Though reading the next part of the SIFF description apparently it was supposed to be,
"... Little Dizzle is spiritual quest in sheep’s clothing; a complex film of ideas disguised as a shaggy-dog comedy. Beneath its constant visual invention, the film creates a quirky, playful world which questions the lines between trash and treasure, and asks what one should try to hold onto in our increasingly disposable society, and what one should let go."Perhaps. But sometimes a semi-animate blue creature "born" out of the ass of the members of the janitorial staff is just a semi-animate blue creature and nothing more. Or at most a cautionary tale about eating cookies you find lying around. But I could be wrong.
Not strongly recommending, but wouldn't advise against it if the trailer strikes your fancy.