The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle

Director: David Russo
Screenwriters: David Russo

Institute History

  • 2009 Sundance Film Festival


If there is anything that can be said about David Russo’s spirited and wildly imaginative debut feature, it is that you’ve never seen anything like it before. The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle could only be created in the surreal mix engendered by today’s modern world of biochemical engineering, digital wizardry, corporate deception, high art, and the rapidly changing mores regarding the straight male arse.

Dory, a computer programmer experiencing a crisis of faith, is laid off from his suit-and-tie job and must resort to cleaning toilets with a brown-collar band of janitorial misfits. Unbeknownst to him, he is made the subject of a bizarre experiment involving deliciously addictive cookies that simulate “oven freshness” by warming in your mouth when eaten. It turns out that the cookies cause spectacular visions, wild mood swings, and quasi-pregnancies in the male janitors. The men must pull together to become midwives for one another as each gives birth to a small, beautiful, immaculately conceived blue fish.

A character-driven comedy enriched with Russo’s innovative animation, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle is a lighthearted film with a liberated vision—the idea that you may find peace in the face of uncertainty if you simply accept the very things that are beyond your control.

— Shari Frilot

Screening Details

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