"What I have to do is walk slow but look like I'm walking fast. I don't know how to do that."
The actors aren't the only ones questioning what the director (William Greaves) is trying to accomplish during their shoot in New York City's Central Park. Beyond the curious onlookers and policemen, the film's crewmembers themselves believe the director is lost. In this experimental meta-documentary, actors auditioning for a film go through a dramatic scene of a couple's breakup, captured in intense closeup by one camera, and the entire scene captured by a second camera, while a third crew captures the second crew in action. But what is the director's real agenda? After four days of scrums, the crew argues in secret, convinced Greaves is lost, and the rest of the shoot becomes a test of wills between an auteur filmmaker and a collective of cinema buffs.
Though Greaves (an actor, documentary filmmaker and Emmy-winning executive producer of the public TV series, "Black Journal") shot "Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One" in 1968, the film was little-seen until the 1990s, when filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and actor Steve Buscemi backed a revival, along with a sequel, "Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take 2½," which debuted in 2003.