January/February 2006 Conscious Media
New Film Releases
"Illusion" Starring Kirk Douglas and Co-starring, written
& directed by Michael Goorjian
This beautifully crafted film is about who we really are, what matters
in life, and the redemptive power of love. It is not only highly entertaining,
but also addresses some of the deepest issues we can face like: How
did the choices I made years ago create my life today? Can I do anything
today to alter the choices I made years ago
and change life now?
legend Kirk Douglas was 88 years old when the film was shot, and he
delivers one of the deepest, most emotionally charged performances of
his 63-year show business career. The story is about Donald Baines (Douglas),
a dying movie director, who reflects back on his life of achievement
-- great fame and fortune
but no love. The rejection of his illegitimate
son, Christopher (Goorjian), brings him the most pain.
Late one night, Donald is awakened by the ghostly image of Stan (Ron
Marasco), a favorite editor who has been dead more than 35 years. Suddenly
Donald finds his deathbed transported to an old movie house. Stan informs
Donald that he has come to help, and that he will show him three film
reels drawn from the Akashic Records - three visions - each vision
representing a different period of Christophers life.
Douglas was sent a ten-minute trailer of the "flashback scenes,
as well as the script. Douglas recalls, "I didnt intend to
do the part of Illusion because I had just finished a picture
with my son Michael and my grandson Cameron, but when I read the script
of Illusion I knew I had to do it. It was a very intriguing script,
and the role was very appealing to me; it was a challenge.
"The character is an old director, a very famous director who
has spent his life in the world of make-believe. And he has a problem
facing reality. Thats the theme of the picture. And I was intrigued
because I think that many people in my profession have the same problem.
Were always playing another character. And sometimes its
difficult for us to find ourselves. So that was one of the aspects of
the character that appealed to me very much."
Goorjians desire in making films is to feed his audience something
good. "When youre in a theater, watching a movie," he
says, "youre in a hypnotic state, letting go of thought,
of the future, the past. Its one of the few times were really
present. And in this receptive state, were being fed -- images
and ideas. We need to ask ourselves: is this good food? Are we being
fed something tasty and nourishing? Or do we feel empty after the movie,
or even worse, crummy?"
We all know the experience Goorjian is pointing to. Illusion,
on the other hand, is a thoroughly satisfying meal, both intellectually
and emotionally. And fortunately, just one of many more to come from
this talented filmmaker.
Illusion will open in theaters nationally in early 2006.
For more information, visit www.illusionthemovie.com.
What The BLEEP - Down the Rabbit Hole
Get ready to line up for this hot new version that morphed out of the enormously
successful "What the BLEEP Do We Know!?,"
the tour de force worldwide film phenomenon directed and produced by
William Arntz, Betsy Chasse and Mark Vicente. The new film, being
released in February, 2006, is an extension as well as an evolution
of the original, and goes much further into the subject that millions
of viewers found not only fascinating, but life-altering.
What the BLEEP - Down the Rabbit Hole contains never
before seen footage, including deleted scenes, an hour and 45 minutes
of brand new interviews, and three new sets of animated footage, including
Dr. Quantum Visits Flatland. It presents stunning new
experimental results that further support the mind-bending concepts
contained in the first film. It dives deep into Alices rabbit
hole, exploring and explaining the weird science of the quantum realms
that affect our everyday reality
whether we know it or not!
Fast paced and intelligent, this movie is the riposte to criticism
that quantum mechanics, consciousness studies and movie audiences do
not mix. The original film:
- Grossed over 12 million in the U.S. box office
- Was released in 15 countries with more openings every month
- Sold over one million DVDs, and surfed Amazon.coms
Top DVD best-seller list for 8 months straight
- Surpassed Mel Gibsons blockbuster Passion of the Christ in
multiple copy DVD purchases worldwide
Starring Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin, Barry
Newman, and sixteen of the worlds most noted physicists, neuro-chemists,
physicians, and metaphysicians, What the BLEEP - Down the
Rabbit Hole with its state-of-the-art animation, reflects the
filmmakers personal evolution and answers audiences unprecedented
demand for an even deeper film experience. "People are telling
us how grateful they are for a film that not only entertains, but informs
as well," says filmmaker Chasse. "This version was created
out of an enormous audience appetite for more. We listened. And we hope
we delivered." For more information see www.whatthebleep.com.
A Cruise for Spiritual Movie Lovers: The "Woodstock" of
As the chill of winter sets in and thoughts of a vacation in the sun
invade your daydreams, check out the cruise being offered by The Spiritual
In April, The Spiritual Cinema Circle offers its second annual floating
film festival, a weeklong Spiritual Cinema Festival-at-Sea. Departing
from San Diego on April 22-29, 2006 for the Mexican Riviera, movie lovers
can get away from it all aboard Holland Americas luxury cruise
liner, the M/S Oosterdam.
cruise is so much more than a vacation. Its a time for us to connect,
to explore and to celebrate the magic of Spiritual Cinema," says
Executive Festival Director Stephen Simon, veteran producer of films
like What Dreams May Come and Somewhere in Time.
Bestselling author Neale Donald Walsch will join the festivities this
year to premiere exclusive footage from the mystical new film based
on his life, Conversations with God, directed and produced by
Stephen Simon, starring Henry Czerny in the role of Neale.
Spend a week with like-minded people from around the world to watch
films about life, love, art and transcendence, and share a week of screenings,
snorkeling and spiritual community building. Its sure to be a
magical experience for all who attend.
For information or to register, visit: www.spiritualcinemafestival.com
the BLEEP Do We Know?!
by William Arntz, Betsy Chasse and
Health Communications Inc., 2005, $26.95 (hardcover.)
The creators of What the BLEEP have surpassed themselves in
creating out of all that rich material a gorgeous, full-color, lavishly
illustrated, outside-the-box book of the decade! If you liked the film,
youll have to have this book, published by HCI, the company famous
for the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. This is not a book
of definitive answers. This is a book of mind stretching questions.
It is a book that shows you not the path, but the endless possibilities.
Do you think you have to go to the same job every day, do the same errands,
think the same thoughts, feel the same way? Well, think again.
What the BLEEP Do We Know?! - Discovering the endless possibilities
for altering your everyday reality is a book of amazing science.
With the help of more than a dozen research and theoretical scientists
from the film, it takes you through the looking glass of quantum physics
into a universe that is more bizarre and alive than ever imagined. Then
it takes you beyond, into the outer-inner edges of our scientific knowledge
of consciousness, perception, body chemistry and brain structure. What
is a thought made of? What is reality made of? And most importantly,
how does a thought change the nature of reality? A higher power exists,
but is it truly out there? Where is the dividing line between
out there and in here?
Without Lisa : A Widowed Fathers Compelling Journey Through the
Rough Seas of Grief
by Richard Ballo, Quality of Life Publishing Co (2005), $12.95
As expected as the proverbial "death and taxes" are, nothing
can adequately prepare anyone for the loss of a beloved one especially
if that loved one dies at an early age. Author Rich Ballo simply was
not ready on any level when his treasured 38-year-old wife Lisa died
Rich kept a journal of his five year recovery from all-consuming grief,
Lisas visitations from the other side and his personal journey.
His journal later served as the basis for the book. He candidly shares
the pain and suffering that ensued and that only his love for his young
sons kept him from surrendering to the pain and collapsing in a hopeless
Life Without Lisa gives the reader a rare and intimate view
of how a man faces loss that defies words and comes out the other side
whole, happy and enjoying life again.
Few men, if any, have publicly revealed their innermost thoughts, feelings
and fears in the compelling way Rich Ballo has. Most men present a stoic
face to the outside world and reject expression of their personal grief
and experience. But Rich Ballo simultaneously shows his courageous and
vulnerable side in his book that offers hope and understanding to all
who suffer a cataclysmic loss. And since death touches all, chances
are exceedingly high that all who read Life Without Lisa will
benefit from the reassurances the book offers.
--Jill H. Lawrence
: Raising Children Who Care for the Earth
by Dan Chiras, New Society Publishers, 2005, $17.95
This is a unique book is aimed at helping parents raise environmentally
responsible children. To forge a sustainable future, we need citizens
who care for the Earth. Because public schools and the popular media
cannot be counted on to produce an Earth-friendly citizenry, the task
falls to parents. Yet even aware parents often lack the understanding
and resources to take on such a task. EcoKids is a hopeful and inspiring
guide for parents that addresses this gap by presenting a coherent plan
that will help parents foster love for nature, teach children the importance
of environmental protection, and promote environmental values and inspire
action - actions that will last a lifetime.
Audio & Video
Short Cut To Nirvana: Wisdom and Joy
Every 12 years for over two millennia, millions of pilgrims have gathered
to bathe at the meeting point of two of Indias most sacred rivers,
the Ganges and the Yamuna, and one mythical river, the Saraswati. This
massive event, the Maha Kumbh Mela, is the subject of Short Cut to Nirvana,
an award winning documentary by Maurizio Benazzo and Nick Day. With
70 million pilgrims attending, the atmosphere is festive, the crowds
are friendly and joyful. Take a grand tour of the Kumbh Mela, with its
colorful chanting rituals, misty dawn bathing in the Ganges, street
sellers hawking eyebalm, and kitchens doling out rice and curry from
buckets. The Dalai Lama also makes an appearance, declaring that the
time for religious conversion is past and that the worlds major
traditions now have a responsibility to seek harmony and protect the
Short Cut To Nirvana is now available on DVD with 75 minutes
of bonus materials. Mela Films, www.melafilms.com.
Yatri, by Prem Joshua
This is exquisite music for the growth of the soul. Yatri, Prem Joshua's
latest release from White Swan Records was recorded in 2004 during his
travels in Europe and America, but the music's heart is India and the
silent beauty of realised meditation. Even as the musicians dig deep
to explore funk and jazz music through the album's world fusion format,
Yatri is always a journey within. Twenty years of Prem Joshua's travel
in India, his time studying with the great teacher Osho and his mastery
as a triple instrumentalist of flute, sitar and soprano saxophone are
all elements of Yatri's great substance. It is a CD that is immediately
inviting and infinitely replayable. Perhaps the best World Fusion/New
Age release of 2005. White Swan Records, WS 0057