MESSIAHSEZ: a feature-length documentary about an absurdist internet persona and the search for genuine human connection.
A 65-year-old Brooklyn man with a flowing messianic white beard spends his days in front of an iPhone making YouTube videos. Under the screen name Messiahsez, Dennis lambasts popular New York bike lanes, creates satirical tutorials for baking artisanal kale chips, records self-proclaimed “shitty guitar instructional videos,” and espouses pseudo-religious rhetoric.
Leaving behind his life as a workaholic industrial tools salesman with a hair-trigger temper, Dennis went on a mushroom trip that took him on a transformative journey, and emerged as an absurdist internet personality. His mission: the transmission of love and beauty in all things. His unique brand of verbal diarrhea and surreal comedy resonates with people across the internet, attracting a large following of devoted disciples.
One of them is Vincent, a 22 year-old on the other side of the Atlantic, in a rural town in The Netherlands. Dennis meets Vincent on YouTube through their mutual interest in blues guitar. An unlikely friendship blossoms, and they share intimate conversations everyday over Skype.
After an operation to treat a rare form of cancer, Vincent’s health takes a turn for the worst and he falls into a coma. Dennis wants to make the pilgrimage to meet in real life, but he may never get the chance to know Vincent beyond the computer screen.
Messiahsez takes us from the streets of Jewish New York to the sheep pastures of The Netherlands, through deep reaches of cyberspace and into the brain of a singular personality, whose life demonstrates the human need for genuine friendship in the internet age.