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Ann Spillane
Five Star Review
Saw the film last night - brilliant documentary and so wonderful to see a passionate artist with integrity and without today's focus on profit. The documentary or a least photos should be included in the collection of the Whitney, NYC and also the new CrystalBridges Museum Bentonville AR- both celebrate American Art and Ra embodies the best! Where can I buy a copy of the film? Congratulations to the director for his choice and honest and beautiful depiction- masterfully captured.

Rick
Five Star Review
Awesome is where I would start. The people in this film are very interesting. The story was so different and amazing. Seeing what Ra created from a mountain was amazing. Using only his wit, hand tools and determination made it almost unbelievable.

plpowers
Five Star Review
Ra is the quintessential artist that finds art in what nature
has offered to him.

The beauty he uncovers and the workman-like way he goes about it are uncomparable and uncompromising.

Well done. Amazing.

It is too bad his effort has not been more well rewarded.

The film is a fitting showing of his work and a piece of art as well. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

lonnieh
Five Star Review
I visited Ra's "Windows of the Earth" (The Sandstone Shrine) near Ojo Caliente several times before it was closed to the public and I was profoundly affected by it. I am so grateful for this intimate view of the artist. The film bears witness to his vision, passion, and humanity. A labor of love - both the cave digging and the film! Thank you both.

dgthewoundedwarrior
Five Star Review
This was one of the most interesting and enjoyable documentaries I've ever seen. Kudos to Jeff. May there be many more.

sandrajoy
Five Star Review
It's rare to see a film about an artist and feel you are actually experiencing his/her creative process. CAVEDIGGER is visually gorgeous a tribute to both the director and Ra the extraordinary,original and until now unknown artist. Karoff has captured the passion that drives Ra to create art for the simple joy and beauty it gives to him and us.

lpalley
Five Star Review
This is a visually stunning film. I felt a level of satisfaction from CAVEDIGGER that I don't often feel from a documentary--like I was given just what I needed for it to be a complete experience.

brittbeck2
Five Star Review
A beautiful, unique and captivating film. The tensions Ra faced as an artist, with his clients, with his friends, with his wife, were interesting, emotional and thought-provoking.

bghous@aol.com
Five Star Review
This film takes you inside one artist's life, one who creates intimate, beautiful spaces out of raw earth and stone. So too with CAVEDIGGER, a film that gives us intimate and human insights into this raw personality.

cdorr
Five Star Review
In Hollywood, the highest compliment you can give a storyteller or filmmaker is that the piece was so well done the audience was enraptured with the STORY, not the process. Karoff pulled that off in spades. "Cavedigger" is the kind of film that makes you want to share it immediately, and proof that actual human beings living life may provide the most engaging narrative of all.

elfeld
Five Star Review
This film brings loving attention to an obscure artist, a cavedigger, in New Mexico. The filmmaker reveals not only phenomenal art hidden away underground, but also the makeup of the man who is driven to create it. It is an unusual and lovely film to experience.

eteokles@ca.rr.com
Five Star Review
Inspiring, beautiful,captivating,passionate. Cavedigger generates feelings of awe and admiration in the viewer for the cavedigger as well as the filmmaker. This is a meaningful film a numerous levels.

lik6467
Five Star Review
What's a Cavedigger one posits before viewing this incredibly captivating documentary? Well the answer is beautifully shown in this stunning film on the life of someone who is completely wrapped up in his mission to create these spectacular formations. Description is impossible, it must be seen.

joepicc
Five Star Review
A must see! A passionate filmmaker capturing the essence of another truly passionate artist.

wsiembab
Five Star Review
This film tells a compelling story of a unique artist whose work most people will never see. The film is compact, polished and visually thrilling. See it if you can.

lisa@fastaccounting
Five Star Review
I was so inspired by Ra following his passion with little monetary reward. Jeff Karoff captures his passion, his life, his essence. The caves are intricate and breathtakingly beautiful. True Art. I LOVED this movie. You have to see it!

elizabethanders
Five Star Review
Not only is this a photographically beautiful film, it is a wonderful example of intimate storytelling. It is tight and careful in terms of editing yet it is a complete examination of an artist. We learn how and why Ra works and , from that, we understand more about our own relationship to art. The film stimulates thought about what role art plays in the world and why artists work even when they are relatively unknown. It's just so well done.

danielle@doublewide.net
Five Star Review
A passionate portrayal of a passionate artist. This film stays with you long after the end credits.

leftygtr
Five Star Review
An inspiring and deeply human look at an artist driven by his work, somewhere between Michelangelo painting a certain chapel, a knight seeking the Holy Grail and Sisyphus pushing his boulder ... Beautiful images and artwork, land art from within.

acechaite
Five Star Review
Crazy about this film, not many folks around doing art work anything like this. Beautiful.

cut24fps(at)hotmail.com
Five Star Review
Wasn't sure how watchable this film was going to be based on the subject matter. However, it was really deep. Let me thinking about how I live my life, and the choices I have made. Bravo!

MDORF
Five Star Review
Great film. Really unique documentary about an incredible individual. Makes you wonder "How does he do it" , "What's next" and "Where is he now." You can't help but fall in love with "The Cave Digger"

anna.booker(at)gmail.com
Five Star Review
The scenes of the caves are unbelievably beautiful. You'll leave this film wanting to go to New Mexico to see them for yourself. I was gripped by the story of the cavedigger, Ra. If you liked Rivers and Tides, this is a don't miss film.

Caroline Tann
Five Star Review
Cavedigger leads you in the miraculous world of cathedrals cut out of sandcaves and its amazing creator Ra. It encourages in the audience the child within you, the ability to marvel at things that in a grown up world might seem useless at first glance, because there is no economic benefit in it. At the same time it is so nurturing to the soul as art is the language of the soul and therefore it makes you so happy. So be prepared to walk out of the cinema with a big smile on your face and the urgent desire to travel to New Mexico to marvel at the cathedrals yourself.

henrymurray
Five Star Review
Not only is this man's cave carving astonishing, but his trust in the filmaker is obvious. The filmaker has really exposed the soul of the artist.

Bill Budge
Five Star Review
Truly incredible scenes of cave digging...images from this film are stuck in my head six months later. The combination of drop dead gorgeous surroundings, the remarkable protagonist, Ra, and the caves is astonishing.

kbazumsell
Five Star Review
Such a great film! The story is very intriguing and I was amazed by his work and the process. The caves are breathtaking. Very nice to see a documentary celebrating such a unique talent. I have recommended this film to my parents & friends already.

erika michel
Five Star Review
A must see for any Art lover!

sierrahotel
Five Star Review
Beautifully crafted film about a piece of Americana that virtually no one knew about. The tone, style and music all suck the viewer right in. And at the very end there is a technical shot that I defy you to figure out how it was done. Great effort!

nbsemer
Five Star Review
A beautifully filmed documentary about a person and art form I knew little about. I was mesmerized.

bloomster
Five Star Review
Loved this film. I found myself completely involved in the story and intrigued by his unique brand of art.

acarey
Five Star Review
Loved this film. Such a well told unique story. Was completely captivated by the caves and could feel the grandness of them.

clintonbill
Five Star Review
A really unusual story about a guy doing astonishing work -- and the crazy people around him. Left me wanting to know a lot more!

Janeroll (at)aol.com
Five Star Review
This film was magnificent. Very interesting subject matter. Beautifully shot. Deserves a wide distribution.

lik6467
Five Star Review
What's a Cavedigger one posits before viewing this incredibly captivating documentary? Well the answer is beautifully shown in this stunning film on the life of someone who is completely wrapped up in his mission to create these spectacular formations. Description is impossible, it must be seen.

ziggs
Five Star Review
Beautifully crafted film with such an amazing subject matter. I've never seen anything quite like it. Def would recommend to others

mrlithgow(at)gmail.com
Five Star Review
unforgettable, beautifully made, extraordinary subject.

everbeck
Five Star Review
Every documentary film fan needs to see this film. It's packed with engaging characters and innovative story telling.

seacoop
Five Star Review
So moving and visually stunning. Do not miss seeing this film!

Lewin Wertheimer
Five Star Review
A unique and beautiful film and story about a unique and talented artist. A must see!!!!!

veejeekay
Five Star Review
This film captures the beauty of the impossible dream - it leaves you face-melting inspiring and smiling. Can't wait to see it again.

Dvosin
Five Star Review
This is a mesmerizing story about an exceptional artist. I'd LOVE to be able to visit his art sites but in place of that, I'm grateful to the film for taking me on the journey. Beautiful!

bruce(at)originalfilm.com
Five Star Review
A beautiful and captivating film about a truly inspiring individual who has spent his life following his dream. A most moving experience and a film not to be missed.

shelneymark
Five Star Review
The film beautifully captures the life and work of a man who truly follows his passion. A rare and inspiring film about a rare and inspiring individual.

Joe Picc
Five Star Review
A must see! A passionate filmmaker capturing the essence of another truly passionate artist.

heathbinder
Five Star Review
It's tough for me to be objective because I know the filmmaker. That said, I also have a terrible attention span and stayed focused on this documentary the entire way through. Two thoughts on this film. First, the subject, Ra, is a really interesting person who creates spaces/caves that need to be seen to be believed. Words don't really do his work justice. Second, what I like about the film is, I feel like Jeffrey captures a bunch of Ra's interesting quirks - essentially, what makes Ra, Ra - without pushing any sort of agenda. Capturing something and someone spectacular in a subtle way is really hard to do. Again, I know Jeffrey but wouldn't write that if I didn't think the film were very special.