Finding Joe is an exploration of famed Mythologist Joseph Campbell’s studies and their continuing impact on our culture. Through interviews with visionaries from a variety of fields interwoven with enactments of classic tales by a sweet and motley group of kids, the film navigates the stages of what Campbell dubbed The Hero’s Journey: the challenges, the fears, the dragons, the battles, and the return home as a changed person. Rooted in deeply personal accounts and timeless stories, Finding Joe shows how Campbell’s work is relevant and essential in today’s world and how it provides a narrative for how to live a fully realized life – or as Campbell would simply state, how to “follow your bliss”.
· Alan Cohen
· Deepak Chopra
· Tony Hawk
· Mick Fleetwood
· Gay Hendricks
· David L. Miller
· Laird Hamilton
· … and many others
· Directed by Pat Solomon
Arrival (2016) 116 min.
This film was nominated for 8 Academy Awards and won 1 for best sound editing. Although the most outward theme is of an Alien visitation, it’s underlying theme is all about communication with each other and the concept of non-linear time.
Linguistics professor Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touchdown in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind.
If you missed seeing this amazing film during its’ first run in 2016, don’t miss this showing. This may be Amy Adams’ best performance so far in her career.
Due to the length of the film we may have only 1 short this month, with a discussion following the short and the feature. Don’t be late.
· Amy Adams
· Jeremy Renner
· Forest Whitaker
· Directed by Denis Villenueve
· Based on a short story by Ted Chiang
Ki-Duk Kim’s award winning film,
“Spring Summer Fall Winter And Spring” (2003), starts with a young boy apprenticed to a Korean Buddhist master who teaches him powerful life lessons as he grows. They live on a floating temple in the middle of a lake with access to the shore only by rowboat.
This film was shot in a beautiful nature park in South Korea, subtitled with very little dialogue … which I honestly appreciate in a subtitled film.
Each season is a time period as our young boy grows into manhood and takes responsibility for his actions.
The lessons learned are powerful lessons about non-violence and choosing kindness and non-attachment in this life.
* Ki-Duk Kim
* Yeong-su Oh
* Jong-ho Kim
* Written & Directed by Ki-Duk KIm
There is some brief explicit sex depicted if you are sensitive to seeing that on screen, but that is one of the necessary lessons and essential to the story.
Groundhog Day (1993)
In Harold Ramis's "Groundhog Day" (1993), an intriguing comedy about repeating the past, Bill Murray is Phil Connors, an arrogantly self-centered and cynical TV weatherman, sent for the fifth time to the small town of Punxsutawney, PA to cover the Groundhog ceremony held in early February every year. He stumbles into a time warp and winds up repeating the same day over and over again until he decides to make changes in how he relates to people and what he values in life.
This movie is a pefect example of how life gives us every opportunity to make a different choice if we have chosen an un-loving act until we get it right. It reflects one of the main concepts in A Course In Miracles to “choose again” when we make an error.
Even though Grounghog Day will undoubtedly be shown ad nausium on commercial TV and cable at this time of year, there is great value in watching as a group on a big screen and having an enlightened discussion afterward.
* Bill Murray
* Andie MacDowell
* Chris Elliott
* Harold Ramis - Director
The movie begins with Professor John Oldman (David Lee Smith) packing his belongings onto his truck preparing to move to a new home. His colleagues show up to give him an unexpected farewell party: Harry (John Billingsley, a biologist); Edith (Ellen Crawford, a fellow professor and devout Christian); Dan (Tony Todd, an anthropologist); and Sandy (Annika Peterson), a historian who is in love with John. As they are walking into the house, Edith spots an unknown Van Gogh painting of John's with the note "To my friend, Jacques Borne" on the back written in French. Once inside, his friends persistently ask John why he is leaving.
Another friend, Art Jenkins (William Katt), an archeologist, and his student Linda Murphy (Alexis Thorpe), arrive and John's friends continue to pressure him for the reason for his departure. John poses the question, "What if a man, from the Upper Paleolithic survived until the present day?" They assume that John is working on a science fiction story and play along with the discussion. As the film progresses, John slowly reveals that he is the "caveman" under discussion.
This film will captivate you and challenge your beliefs as John’s story unfolds into the evening.
* David Lee Smith
* John Billingsley
* Ellen Crawford
* Annika Peterson
* William Katt
* Alexis Thorpe
* Richard Riehle
Director: Marc Forster
Stars: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael
THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON MEDITATION
Interview w/ Dr Joe Dispenza
Can simple meditation practices help you re-wire your brain? Yes, explains Joe Dispenza, D.C., author of Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, in this fascinating interview with Regina Meredith, originally webcast on April 3, 2013.Joe Dispenza, D.C., the best-selling author of Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself and Evolve Your Brain, studied biochemistry at Rutgers University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in neuroscience, and earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from Life University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has received postgraduate training and continuing education in neurology, neuroscience, brain function and chemistry, cellular biology, memory formation, and aging and longevity.
“The Life & Legacy of Rudolph Steiner”
Written, Narrated & Directed by: Jonathan Stedall
Rudolph Steiner was a deep thinker of the 1900 turn of the century. He was the founder of Waldorf Schools, Biodynamic Agriculture, and Anthroposophic Medicine. He believed in allowing children to enjoy their childhood while learning in a more natural way to think for themselves. He was a philosopher and scientist who wanted to bring science and spirituality together. His approach to medicine was wholistic, and to agriculture as sustainable & organic. He encouraged planting a variety of plants which worked together to minimize insect infestation, planted north-south to maximize sunlight & harvested on certain days corresponding to heavenly influences, maximizing quality. He was also an architect, playwright, and clairvoyant from a young boy … a true genius and Renaissance Man.
With our modern day stress levels, corporate agriculture, and climate change, Rudolph Steiner’s work is even more relevant today though he died almost 100 years ago.
“A 2nd Chance for a Better Brain” & “A Cure for Alzheimer’s?”
This month we have 2 interviews with Peggy Sarlin, author of “Regain Your Brain: Discover New Ways to Get Back the Brain You Had When You Were Young”.
The first interview is with Dr. David Perlmutter, author of “Grain Brain” & Brain Maker”. He describes the physiology of Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia and offers nutritional and physical advice to reduce and/or reverse the effects.
In the second interview, Peggy speaks with Dr. Michael Fossel who has been reversing aging in animals using gene therapy targeting glia cells to increase telomere production. He has had very good results and is now ready to begin human trials.
“Collateral Beauty” (2016)
In an era dominated by comic book heroes and big action movies, the cast and crew of Collateral Beauty took a leap of faith, creating a heartfelt fable about loss, redemption and most of all, love.
Retreating from life after a tragedy, a man questions the universe by writing to Love, Time and Death. Receiving unexpected answers, he begins to see how these things interlock and how even loss can reveal moments of meaning and beauty.
This film is loaded with an all-star cast and will touch your heart with truth and wisdom.
* Will Smith
* Edward Norton
* Kate Winslet
* Helen Mirren
* Keira Knightley
* Michael Pena
* Naomie Harris
* Jacob Latimore
* David Frankel – Director
* Allan Loeb – Writer
Friday, June 8th
“Being There” (1979)
A simple-minded gardener named Chance (Peter Sellers) has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television. After a run in with a limousine, he ends up a guest of a woman (Eve) and her husband Ben, an influential but sickly businessman. Now called Chauncey Gardner, Chance becomes friend and confidante to Ben, and an unlikely political insider.
This is the next to last film starring Sellers before he passed in 1980 and I would suggest his best … a great movie about flowing in life with a simple idea and a timeless statement about expectations.
* Peter Sellers
* Shirley MacLaine
* Melvyn Douglas (Oscar for Best Supporting Actor)
* Jack Warden
* Richard Dysart
* Richard Basehart
* Ruth Attaway
* … and others
* Hal Ashby – Director
* Jerry Kosinski – Writer
We will also show a short film update on the recently discovered mummies found on the Nazca Plain in Peru and have a discussion following the short and the feature.