Release date:October 10, 2007
"The Disapointment: Or, The Force of Credulity" explores the legacy of 19th century U.S. anarchism and the American folk magic tradition of speaking to spirits and searching for gold (such as the golden diaries of Mormonism) through the Springer family's decades-long search for four lost treasures buried on a single farm in Missouri. These treasures include a Spanish explorer's gold, silver from the Civil War, mysterious stone carvings, lost texts, and a wife's attempt to heal her husband and protect herself and her children. The alleged existence of these precious items was identified when the spirit of a Spanish explorer possessed the filmmaker's mother, Doris Springer. Part personal documentary and part historical essay, The Disappointment traces the patterns of cultural forgetting etched in the landscape of the Austin Farm.