Red Dirt Film Festival 2013…get ready for some FUN!

Red Dirt International Film Festival October 25-26

People Watching Movie in Movie TheatreSo, we are pretty busy around here lately and we want to tell you a few things and answer some questions we have been receiving.  I will try to break them down into simple sections so if you are just looking for a specific thing you can scroll until you see it unless you want to read all of the surely awesome things that I shall expound upon through my keyboard to your screen.

What exactly IS an international film festival?

It’s a chance for independent (indie)  video-makers worldwide to submit their films so they can gain a wider audience.  At any given point festivals usually have multiple venues in close proximity running varied films; these are sometimes accompanied by the filmmaker to introduce the film and to answer questions and/or listen to comments afterward. There is usually a kick-off party and an awards ceremony that accompany the festival along with vendors, live music, etc.

Eggsotic Events Red Carpet with Chrome Stanchions 1What can I expect from Red Dirt’s first annual international film festival?

Well…a hell of a lot of fun! But I digress… We have films from all over the globe.  There will be some short films (5-70 minutes) and some feature length films (over 70 minutes) from all genres of film including: dramas, comedies, children’s films and much more! The locations will be primarily downtown Stillwater in many venues depending on the film. There will be a website up soon that will have detailed information and a schedule will be provided in October. We have a Red Dirt Film Festival facebook page up now.

We will have art, food, music, a charity event, character photo ops, an awards ceremony (there will be an audience choice award), panels and workshops about film and filmmaking, audience participation films (SO FUN),  and a few surprises (watch out for zombies- hint, hint), all open to the public.

Who can submit films?

Anyone!  You do NOT need to be a professional to submit your video.  If you have an awesome Youtube video or you want to shoot a short film that you shot on your iPhone then please do it! We also encourage kids and young adults to submit!  Be creative and have fun with it!  Go to this link to submit:

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The Charity Event: The STAR STRUT

It is important to us to give back to the community and this year we have chosen the Payne county chapter of  C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Since this is a charity that benefits children we wanted to do something in which all children and adults could get involved. We are hosting a wellness walk that is short enough for children and families to get involved and the STAR STRUT was born!  We will walk down Main Street in downtown Stillwater dressed up as our favorite “star” or character from a film, any film on Saturday, October 26th. (Time to be announced soon) Tickets will go on sale on our website for this event in September so keep watching and get involved in the fun while supporting a great cause!

Art on display

We will have a few gallery spaces in downtown businesses.  Bring your creations! Painting, sculptures, collage, drawings, etc. will be on display.  If you want to show off your art and perhaps even sell some pieces please email us at inspirehineheal (at) gmail to register. (free of charge)

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Panels/Workshops

This is an opportunity for the public to directly hear filmmakers discuss creative solutions they solve while working on their films. Workshops allow aspiring screenwriters/actors/filmmakers to bounce their own ideas off the seasoned pros of the festival.

Audience Participation Films

Have you ever experienced Rocky Horror Picture Show live or The Sound of Music with the entire audience encouraged to sing along and make us of well-timed props? We’ll be featuring a fun film or two and hope you will come out and get involved!  More info will be on our website.

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All of the information will be up on our soon-to-be website.  There will be day and weekend passes. Single screenings will be offered during the festival at the venue doors, but priority will be given to pass holders. ALSO…tickets for the STAR STRUT will be on sale very soon!

WANNA HELP?  Be a volunteer.  Get stuff.

If you want to help in any way with the festival please contact Damon and Marisa at inspireshineheal (at) gmail. There are privileges to our volunteers.  We are only taking a limited number so get with us soon!

We hope this helps answer some questions and makes you want to come out and support this year’s festival.

Feel free to “like” us on Facebook and continue to follow us on “ish” and watch for our website in September.

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The Cavalry = YOU!!

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Hello all!!

Damon here with a call-to-action! We have two days left in our Kickstarter campaign to make the Red Dirt International Film Festival a reality (formerly FILMish). So far we’re at 67% of our goal.

thermoThe truth is, if we can get 50 people to each pledge $10 (about the cost of a festival event ticket), then we’re in! Or only 25 to pledge $20…The key is that there’s a short number of people needed to be our angels of this campaign, and you can be one of them! All levels of pledges receive great rewards (i.e. – I get video-recorded pies to-the-face with donors’ names on them, you get free festival tickets, awesome behind-the-scenes fest footage, exclusive party access, et cetera). This is a one-time drive to establish our permanent festival legitimacy with the festival clearinghouse, Withoutabox, and once we’re in we’ll be able to make this an annual tradition!

If you’ve ever purchased something on Amazon, you’ll find it even-easier to donate to our cause! And considering you can donate as-little as a $1, there is nothing to stop you from taking the length of a song to help us in this final push to bring more culture, education, charity, and fun to central Oklahoma and the arts world in-general! So don’t wait, expecting someone else to jump-in; good karma is waiting for you!

Check out this front-page article from last Friday’s local paper, the Stillwater NewsPress providing coverage about the campaign, and don’t forget to “like” Red Dirt on Facebook for regular-updates!

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newsAlso, be sure to check out the Payne County CASA website; they’re the organisation we’re donating 100% of our Fun-Run marathon proceeds to! CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate, is a nonprofit organization advocating for the best interest of abused and neglected children involved in the court system. We can think of no better local cause to contribute to during the course of the Red Dirt Festival!!

CASAFrom Damon and Marisa, THANK YOU ALL for your support in making this a REALITY!

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Top 100 movie quotes of all time…how many do you know?

Announcing: Red Dirt International Film Festival!

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Most people like movies; we all have our favorites: the films that touch our hearts, scare us and make us jump, take us on far away adventures, make us feel like we are powerful and super-hero quality, and make us think in a different way than we did before.

We are excited to bring a film festival to Stillwater, Oklahoma on October 25-26, 2013!  It will include:

  • Independent films (some never viewed by audiences before)
  • Classic films
  • MUSIC!
  • Food
  • Awards ceremony
  • A fun run for charity
  • Workshops/Panel discussions
  • Parties

We hope you will help us make this happen by donating to the cause on our Kickstarter page. We’ve already had just over 100 “likes” on our Red Dirt Facebook page, and already $200 pledged towards our $1,525 goal, within 10 days remaining to find the funds. If you’ve never given to a Kickstarter cause before, please check it out! We offer some pretty tempting rewards for your charity (pies in the face for Damon? Special-access tickets?).

Now…seriously…how many of these movies have you seen?

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Quote Movie Year
1. Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn. Gone With the Wind 1939
2. I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse. The Godfather 1972
3. You don’t understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could’ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am. On the Waterfront 1954
4. Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore. The Wizard of Oz 1939
5. Here’s looking at you, kid. Casablanca 1942
6. Go ahead, make my day. Sudden Impact 1983
7. All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up. Sunset Blvd. 1950
8. May the Force be with you. Star Wars 1977
9. Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night. All About Eve 1950
10. You talking to me? Taxi Driver 1976
11. What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Cool Hand Luke 1967
12. I love the smell of napalm in the morning. Apocalypse Now 1979
13. Love means never having to say you’re sorry. Love Story 1970
14. The stuff that dreams are made of. The Maltese Falcon 1941
15. E.T. phone home. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 1982
16. They call me Mister Tibbs! In the Heat of the Night 1967
17. Rosebud. Citizen Kane 1941
18. Made it, Ma! Top of the world! White Heat 1949
19. I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore! Network 1976
20. Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Casablanca 1942
21. A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. The Silence of the Lambs 1991
22. Bond. James Bond. Dr. No 1962
23. There’s no place like home. The Wizard of Oz 1939
24. I am big! It’s the pictures that got small. Sunset Blvd. 1950
25. Show me the money! Jerry Maguire 1996
26. Why don’t you come up sometime and see me? She Done Him Wrong 1933
27. I’m walking here! I’m walking here! Midnight Cowboy 1969
28. Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.’ Casablanca 1942
29. You can’t handle the truth! A Few Good Men 1992
30. I want to be alone. Grand Hotel 1932
31. After all, tomorrow is another day! Gone With the Wind 1939
32. Round up the usual suspects. Casablanca 1942
33. I’ll have what she’s having. When Harry Met Sally 1989
34. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow. To Have and Have Not 1944
35. You’re gonna need a bigger boat. Jaws 1975
36. Badges? We ain’t got no badges! We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinking badges! The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1948
37. I’ll be back. The Terminator 1984
38. Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. The Pride of the Yankees 1942
39. If you build it, he will come. Field of Dreams 1989
40. Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. Forrest Gump 1994
41. We rob banks. Bonnie and Clyde 1967
42. Plastics. The Graduate 1967
43. We’ll always have Paris. Casablanca 1942
44. I see dead people. The Sixth Sense 1999
45. Stella! Hey, Stella! A Streetcar Named Desire 1951
46. Oh, Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars. Now, Voyager 1942
47. Shane. Shane. Come back! Shane 1953
48. Well, nobody’s perfect. Some Like It Hot 1959
49. It’s alive! It’s alive! Frankenstein 1931
50. Houston, we have a problem. Apollo 13 1995
51. You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk? Dirty Harry 1971
52. You had me at “hello.” Jerry Maguire 1996
53. One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know. Animal Crackers 1930
54. There’s no crying in baseball! A League of Their Own 1992
55. La-dee-da, la-dee-da. Annie Hall 1977
56. A boy’s best friend is his mother. Psycho 1960
57. Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Wall Street 1987
58. Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. The Godfather II 1974
59. As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again. Gone With the Wind 1939
60. Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into! Sons of the Desert 1933
61. Say “hello” to my little friend! Scarface 1983
62. What a dump. Beyond the Forest 1949
63. Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you? The Graduate 1967
64. Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room! Dr. Strangelove 1964
65. Elementary, my dear Watson. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1929
66. Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape. Planet of the Apes 1968
67. Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine. Casablanca 1942
68. Here’s Johnny! The Shining 1980
69. They’re here! Poltergeist 1982
70. Is it safe? Marathon Man 1976
71. Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet! The Jazz Singer 1927
72. No wire hangers, ever! Mommie Dearest 1981
73. Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico? Little Caesar 1930
74. Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown. Chinatown 1974
75. I have always depended on the kindness of strangers. A Streetcar Named Desire 1951
76. Hasta la vista, baby. Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991
77. Soylent Green is people! Soylent Green 1973
78. Open the pod bay doors, HAL. 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968
79. Striker: Surely you can’t be serious. Airplane! 1980
Rumack: I am serious…and don’t call me Shirley.
80. Yo, Adrian! Rocky 1976
81. Hello, gorgeous. Funny Girl 1968
82. Toga! Toga! National Lampoon’s Animal House 1978
83. Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make. Dracula 1931
84. Oh, no, it wasn’t the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast. King Kong 1933
85. My precious. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers 2002
86. Attica! Attica! Dog Day Afternoon 1975
87. Sawyer, you’re going out a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star! 42nd Street 1933
88. Listen to me, mister. You’re my knight in shining armor. Don’t you forget it. You’re going to get back on that horse, and I’m going to be right behind you, holding on tight, and away we’re gonna go, go, go! On Golden Pond 1981
89. Tell ’em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper. Knute Rockne All American 1940
90. A martini. Shaken, not stirred. Goldfinger 1964
91. Who’s on first. The Naughty Nineties 1945
92. Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac…It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! Caddyshack 1980
93. Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death! Auntie Mame 1958
94. I feel the need – the need for speed! Top Gun 1986
95. Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary. Dead Poets Society 1989
96. Snap out of it! Moonstruck 1987
97. My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you. Yankee Doodle Dandy 1942
98. Nobody puts Baby in a corner. Dirty Dancing 1987
99. I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too! The Wizard of Oz 1939
100. I’m king of the world! Titanic 1997

I AM….

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Wow!! Sometimes when something bad hits us, it’s merely a door letting in a tidal wave of blessings, as happened with film director Tom Shadyac. I can’t believe I’ve missed this seemingly very-inspirational film, and I for one can’t wait to check it out soon. Have any of you seen this?

 

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Living Out Your Own Life Story!

I’ve just discovered a great-looking new film that should really resonate with most of our readers:

Finding Joe views our individual lives in the same schema that Joseph Campbell applied archetypes to ancient stories, and by association, how they continued to resurface in more modern fairy tales, such as the Star Wars saga. Finding and applying these distinctions to shared tales in order to understand our human inter-connectedness is fascinating enough, but this film looks to be quite inspirational in how it encourages us to live out our own story we’ve created for ourselves, or perhaps came into this world to play forward. Check out this trailer:

 

 

And if you’ve never heard of the Spiritual Cinema Circle, it’s a Netflix-like service that specialises in spiritually-affirming and inspirational films of all types. As I continue to pursue enlightenment in my own life, I find that I can’t handle the same sort of content I used to; more and more it’s these films such as the Spiritual Cinema Circle carries that are the titles I seek out first. Let us know if you’ve seen Finding Joe! I’ll be checking it out soon enough and hope to share more insight.   -D

 

Relax this summer with great flicks..old and new

Hey Marisa!!

Happy Friday! Even though late Fall/early Winter is the best season for movies, we both thought it’d be good to discuss movies, in a different way than I recently discussed them, to take advantage of kids being out of school. This post is more purely about the fun and inspiration we’ve each received through films, and you’d asked that we break it down by the decades we’ve lived through and cover films produced during each one. I mentioned that I had no real attachment to movies decade-by-decade, and what of the movies I loved while growing up that hail from the 1920s – 1970s?

So, I’ve broken it down thusly: First I’ll discuss some of my favourites in order of release from that first century of the medium, and then hand it off to you to break yours down by decade (80s, 90s, 2000s).If anyone would like further information about any title, just refer to THE ultimate film resource: The Internet Movie Database

So, here we go with a SMALL FRACTION of my recommendations; everyone who knows me knows that my favourite film is Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), tied with the six-film Star Wars saga (1977-2005), but what follows here are just what goes just up to the mid-1970s, with roughly only one film per decade (except for the 70s, which is still the best decade for the medium yet!) :

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919)

Metropolis (1928)

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Citizen Kane (1941)

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

The Time Machine (1960)

La Dolce Vita (1960)

The Godfather I and II (1972), (1974)

Nashville (1975)

Bonus round for “fun” movies:
Monty Python & The Holy Grail (1975)

The Blues Brothers (1980)

Strange Brew (1983)

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1988) / Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1992)

Young Einstein (1988)

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Hey Damon!

Ok, this was hard! I thought of a lot of movies from my childhood as well as movies I’ve enjoyed as an adult.  I think it’s fun to remember some of these movies I loved as a kid.  I think I’ll watch several of them with my kids this summer!  I hope everyone has a good time and adds to our list their favorites as well.  This summer gather around your family, significant other, friends or take some alone time, and relax and watch a movie!

The Little Princess (1939)

Gone with the Wind (1939)

Casablanca (1942)

The Last Starfighter (1984)

The Goonies (1985)

D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)

Anne of Green Gables/Anne of Avonlea (1985/1987)

Space Camp (1986)

The Flight of the Navigator (1986)

Top Gun (1986)

The Princess Bride (1987)

The Mighty Ducks (1992)

The Cutting Edge (1992)

The Sandlot (1993)

Groundhog Day (1993)

Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

The Mummy (1999)

Remember the Titans (2000)

Moulin Rouge! (2001)

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003)

The Guardian (2006)

Star Trek (2009)

Red (2010)

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Hey Marisa,

Okay, let me just say that your list really surprised me! You’ve told me I know you better than anyone ever has, yet I’d never once heard you mention The Cutting Edge; in fact, I’d never even heard of it! You know I value my near-encyclopaedic knowledge of film, and so I asked you about this one, to which you replied it’s your absolute favourite! Apparently you’d gotten so burned-out on watching it, and you assumed that I was surely familiar with it, you never mentioned it. Now I know a lot more about it than I did, and am set to watch it tomorrow (Tues. the 19th).

I think it’s fun that you mention a lot of young adult movies from the era, such as The Sandlot. I always picture you growing up, and try to visualise you watching stuff – it’s good to get a better idea now of what a few more of those titles are. I think it’s funny that you looked at my list and claim never to have heard of them, but I know for a fact that you’ve heard of them all (I mentioned the first four in the first class), and you have the last two in your possession at-present (time to watch them soon!). Night of the Hunter is the only wild card in that bunch.

How have you never heard of The Cutting Edge??? This has been interesting.  I figured that you would list a million movies!  I had a good time doing this.  It reminded me of a lot of fun times.  My mom was really good about getting us movies to watch on the hot summer days in-between playing on the slip-n-slide and riding our bikes.  She would cut up apples and cube cheese and put them in a cup and we’d watch fun movies in the hot afternoons.  I hope that this list will remind some people of their favorite movies and they will re-watch them and share them with others!  Happy Summer everyone!

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Power in the Shadows

Hey Marisa!!

I’d like to take time today to discuss something different than planned, which was to be a resource list I’d created of the best-of-the-best self-help/inspirational materials that’ve gotten me on my feet the past four years, but decided instead to table that until next week. Today I feel so moved to discuss my primary passion, beyond that of healing and making a positive difference in the world; that is the nature of cinema – this is a discussion of why I do what I do (as a filmmaker/visual-artist/film professor):

First of all, I’d like to address something about the medium of film: it’s the most powerful medium within the arts by virtue of combining ALL other media: sculpture (set design), theatre (the proscenium framing, the lighting, blocking, and acting), music, editing (unique to the form, but based on written grammatical concepts), dance, fictional archetypal storytelling, singing, drawing and animation, computer arts, et cetera.

Film is powerful enough to have both started and quelled riots, saving many lives through informing, teaching moral lessons, and inspiring masses onto greatness. It even helped spark World War II when Hitler (whose favourite films were Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937) and Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927) ) recognised that the medium was such a consequential tool that he, through Joseph Geobbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany, established the film division in order to sell a brand of propaganda that would brainwash millions of the new Nazi Regime’s significance in the world.

If one studies the artistic triumph of the Nazi’s use of the art-form, young female filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will (1935), you can see it’s a textbook case of how subliminal the medium is in effecting an emotional response from the viewer: camera angles, screen direction, the way sound and music is manipulated, the style and choice of edits, et cetera, all collaborate to have convinced so many that the next world villains had a legitimate, and worse, pressing cause, as a prime example of film’s ability to infiltrate our very core.

Brain science tells us that our subconscious mind, which is responsible for our dreaming, repressed memories, and unconscious motivations, cannot differentiate between reality and the dream state. In effect, to become absorbed in a film is to have lived it. Eastern Orthodox Christians, rather than believing in the Western Catholic concept of transubstantiation, wherein the bread and wine during communion actually transmutes into THE physical manifestation of Christ’s body once taken into our mouths, believe in something similar in that they pray to hand-crafted icon-paintings of Christ, the Virgin Mary, and/or the saints. They follow that during intercession to these images, it temporarily opens a direct portal to these individuals to hear and receive the prayer, much like an open frame to another dimensional reality.

What does all this have to do with inspiration, shining, and healing? I’ll hit upon that in a bit, but first a bit of clarification: I tend to follow the more spiritual concept of both creating and receiving in the filmmaking/viewing process. Some filmmakers like Alejandro Jodorowsky specifically make movies to serve as a spiritual experience. Film for me is vitally-important as a communal experience; every time you watch the same film in a different setting, it takes on a different mood or sensibility, and how an audience’s collective energy builds around a film’s moments has much to do with our enjoyment of it.

There’ve been films I’ve hated upon release in the theatre, only to give them another chance at home on a small screen and instead loved them, and vice-versa. And like those within the Christian Orthodoxy, I believe that allowing our subconscious to interface with the projected archetypes on screen is a form of spiritual meditation. Some people meditate while sitting in a lotus position, eyes closed; some by running, some by driving; some by gardening or hard labour or exercise routines.

I do all these, but the most important to me is meditation via the experience of getting lost in the manufactured world of cinema, which unlike the harsh video-ness of television (running 30 frames per second), has traditionally been captured at 24 frames per second, which is most akin to replicating the way we “see” while dreaming. By watching waking dreams, we are able to consciously explore our reactions to events and archetypal themes and characters (those common to all people and cultures throughout history); the ancient Greek philosopher Plato believed there were only roughly seven stories in existence, replicated time and again in differing ways, and 20th Century psychiatrist Carl Jung identified 32 character types that appear time and again (the mentor, the hero, the wicked stepmother, et al).

How we react to these situations and characters gives us much to ponder, about our selves, our world, and those we interact with. Our relatively new medium of cinema is not unlike Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, which described everyone’s uniquely-different reaction to the same ancient shadow play on cave walls since the dawn of civilisation.

So what does all this have to do with inspiration, shining, and healing? While wars, revolutions, and riots have been stirred up by this tool, think of all the good, and the potential for good that exists within its framework: inspirational films have set people onto new and higher paths; socially-conscious documentary films have changed the landscape of politics, repealed hurtful old regimes, and brought awareness to the masses of an injustice or unforeseen danger.

For me, the films of the aforementioned Jodorowsky changed my life in late Dec. 2007, and the film John Rambo (aka Rambo IV) (2008) was so inciting in its imagery about the horrors of present-day Burma that it brought me to such tearful emotion I began to volunteer my time, efforts, and money to assist the persecuted peoples there; who’d have expected that from a typical entertainment “blockbuster” film designed mainly for entertainment? Film can entertain surely, which is its primary-existence, but it also informs, serves as artistic expression for visual-artists, and lastly, and just as importantly, serves as a sort of spiritual intercession on our behalf whether we know it or not – use its power responsibly!

And be sure to check out Spiritual Cinema Circle for a Netflix-like rental service that specialises in uplifting, healing and inspiring films.

Hey Damon!

I learn more and more from you about media arts all the time!  You and I can watch the same movie and see totally different things!  Your trained eye notices everything in the background and the angle of the camera.  I watch movies to be entertained.  At the end of the day my brain is tired and I’m usually not in the mood for a documentary or some deep, soulful, foreign film where I actually have to read subtitles.  I just want to relax and not think!  Entertainment is my key goal in the movies.  I know that I’m not alone in this – make me laugh, crash-land on another planet, blow something up….whatever it is just make it interesting and take me out of my normal world.

There are so many great movie lines that span time.  I could quote a million of them from hundreds of my favorite, witty, movies.  When I watched The Notebook, I cried for two days. Two days!  Some movies just stick with us and change who we are.  I love how well you’ve outlined this fact.  I’m glad that you took the time to write about one of your greatest passions, for following our passions makes the world a better place.

So, next time we watch the same movie, please don’t think me ignorant for not noticing every little detail, such as the floral arrangement on the back wall in the middle of a fight scene!

I love how brilliant writers have given us so many lines that speak of how we are, how we feel, and how we want to become.  We are many times drawn into a film because we see ourselves in it. On that note, in the words of Jessica Rabbit: “I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.”