The Insufferable Groo
The world's most prolific filmmaker you've never heard of
Stephen Groo is the world's most prolific filmmaker. In the past twenty years, he has made two hundred and five films, ranging from an elf/human love story to a low-budget remake of Tomb Raider. Yet Groo's obsession comes at a cost: he is yet to make a dime and his family barely has enough money to survive. But when, out of the blue, a major Hollywood star agrees to be in his latest film, Groo finally has his shot at fame and fortune.
Because of his as yet unsuccessful obsession with filmmaking, Groo has been largely unemployed during the past 12 years. He and his wife, Sherry, and their four kids survive solely on Sherry’s income of $1,000 per month. Though Groo has never made a profit on any of his great quantity of films, he’s determined to go for broke (again) and give it one last shot to produce his original elf/human love story film, The Unexpected Race. Will this final effort finally bolster him to the cult film director status he has always dreamed of?
Crucial to Groo’s potential success is Jack Black, who Groo tries to woo in order to cast him as the sheriff in his title. With no permits, little money, and volunteer actors, Groo’s year-long production encounters problems that threaten to shut down the project on a daily basis. But in a surreal turn of events, Jack Black calls and agrees to be in Groo’s movie.
Triumphant at last and more hopeful than ever, Groo drives to Los Angeles to film and direct Black as he plays a small-town sheriff trying to take down the rogue elf in The Unexpected Race. Yet finally having finished his masterpiece, Groo finds himself still seeking distribution and longing for the chance to make it big.
Reviews and More
“Christopherson presents... a well-crafted documentary that’s an easily recommended watch” – Film Pulse
“Groo is a far from sympathetic figure at times... and yet he commands a mystifying amount of loyalty” – Screen Daily
"Jack Black [is] hysterical in every scene he’s in" – Film Inquiry
For a Q&A with director Scott Christopherson and producer Jared Harris, scroll down to the end of the review here.
Sheffield Doc/Fest - Official Selection