The Emerald Forest

2011-02-28 14:10:05

By John Boorman

The Emerald Forest by John Boorman"an exotic and erotic daymare replete with one lushly enrapturing scene after another" (Daily News)! For ten years, engineer Bill Markham has searched tirelessly for his son Tommy who disappeared from the edge of the Brazilian rainforest. He finds the boy living among the reclusive Amazon tribe who adopted him. For his son is now a grown tribesman who moves skillfully through this beautiful-but-dangerous terrain, fearful only of those who would exploit it. And as Bill attempts to "rescue" him from the savagery of the untamed jungle, Tommy challenges Bill's idea of true civilization and his notions about who needs rescuing.

Wake Up

2011-02-01 11:30:19

By Jonas Elrod, Chloe Crespi

Wake Up by Jonas Elrod, Chloe CrespiJonas Elrod was leading an ordinary life until he woke up one day to a totally new reality. He suddenly could see and hear angels, demons, auras and ghosts.

"Finally a documentary showing what a person on this journey may encounter and that you are not alone. What I enjoyed the most was how sincere the story is and the fear that most people have when confronted with this issue. I was happy to see the part about Mara in Santa Fe and how difficult these journeys can be on relationships. Thank you Jonas and Mara for coming out and sharing your story."

2012: Time for Change

2010-12-31 09:02:21

By Joao Amorim

2012: Time for Change by Joao Amorim2012: Time for Change” presents an optimistic alternative to apocalyptic doom and gloom. Directed by Emmy Award nominee Joao Amorim, the film follows journalist Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the bestselling 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, on a quest for a new paradigm that integrates the archaic wisdom of tribal cultures with the scientific method. As conscious agents of evolutions, we can redesign post-industrial society on ecological principles to make a world that works for all. Rather than breakdown and barbarism, 2012 heralds the birth of a regenerative planetary culture where collaboration replaces competition, where exploration of psyche and spirit becomes the new cutting edge, replacing the sterile materialism that has pushed our world to the brink.

The Artist and the Shaman

2010-11-30 15:17:29

By Paul Davids

The Artist and the Shaman by Paul DavidsA shaman with a cell phone. An artist who paints like Van Gogh. A 3-year old genius. And JFK's secret writer, who helped President Kennedy win a Pulitzer Prize for Profiles in Courage.

This story connects the lives of four people in a quest for life's deeper meaning. With the help of a modern "medicine man," the artist searches for the spirit of his departed father among the living, in the healing red rock country of Sedona, Arizona.

This critically-acclaimed documentary is a story of grief and transcendence, filled with music, art, beauty and native American wisdom -- a moving tribute to our loved ones who've gone by.

Between Two Worlds: The Hmong Shaman in America

2010-11-01 09:13:46

By Taggart Siegel

Between Two Worlds: The Hmong Shaman in America by Taggart SiegelBetween Two Worlds: The Hmong Shaman in America powerfully exposes the struggle of Hmong refugees in America. This classic documentary traces the lives of three Hmong families displaced thousands of miles from their villages in Northern Laos and alienated in American cities. Renowned anthropologist, Dwight Conquergood, narrates the rich history of shamanic rituals and explains the similarity between Hmong beliefs and those of Aboriginal people of the Americas. Rare and dramatic scenes reveal traditional ceremonies and psychological challenges faced by the Hmong, as they strive to maintain their culture. A missionary's attempt to convert a Hmong family to Christianity highlights the pressures confronting refugees adapting to a new environment. The effects of their trauma are extreme in the Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome, a mysterious phenomenon that causes Hmong men to die in their sleep. The ancient ways of the Hmong are in danger of being lost forever. This riveting documentary presents uncensored and unforgettable glimpses into a culture caught between two worlds.