Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Update on the Mystical Arts
I spent hours researching Christianity and working on the dialogue of a theological fantasy called "Jesus and the Time Travellers". Whatever you think it is, it's probably not that. Last week I read the first section of the story to my new writer's group, a fine supportive club that I didn't start but got invited to, called something appropriate like the North Shore Writer's Group. I'll have to ask. My friend Andy Lutts invited me, he's been working on a new age treatise called Manifesting Magnificence. The woman who runs the group is researching for a novel about the wives' point of view around some 19th century spiritualist treasure hunters that lived nearby. I like writers, this is great.
I'm upgrading and promoting the Mystical Movie Guide more, and placed a news brief in Elisabeth Ward Taylor's Boston area franchise publication Natural Awakenings Magazine. She also needed an image that symbolized spiritual cinema, and I came up with the Buddha on dvds still life you can now see on the website.
My wife and I have been enjoying Joanna Priestley shorts I rented over the internet from greencine.com, and I'm happy to recommend both Joanna and GreenCine. And I got another great email from a director this weekend, Scott Prendergast who made one of my favorite short films. Scott wrote: "I was GOOGLING my movie THE DELICIOUS and was so pleased and happy and surprised to find it on your site. I LOVED your description of the short film and I totally agree. It’s all about connection!" This is one of the most gratifying times for me, when I can give back to an artist by letting them know how much they touched me. Mystical art is the greatest, I'm rootin' for us all!
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Enjoy recommendations from MysticalMovieGuide.com
There's no doubt about it, the appreciation of a film genre called Spiritual Cinema has been growing ever since Oregon director Stephen Simon wrote a book about it in 2002 and later founded the Spiritual Cinema Circle. Here on the east coast, MysticalMovieGuide.com offers thousands of free movie listings and hundreds of in-depth reviews. MysticalMovieGuide.com specializes in research and esoteric perspectives that you won't find anywhere else. Founder Carl Schroeder says, "The site grew out of the Mystical Art and Talent shows we'd been doing in Cambridge since 2001 (more on that at www.SoulStirring.org). Some of us talked about our favorite metaphysical films, and I got to wondering how many there might be. I thought maybe a few hundred, but it turns out there are thousands! Many are forgotten treasures of the past, or great foreign films that US distributors deliberately ignore so you only buy their products. Latin America for example has some of the greatest movies that you've never heard of. How you can you beat a title like 'Don't Die Without Telling Me Where You're Going'? That's by the great mystical director Eliseo Subiela, about a man realizing he’s the reincarnation of Thomas Edison's assistant after meeting his past life’s lover's ghost while inventing a talking robot and seeing auras. I mean, wow!" Fortunately with the increasing availability of DVD releases, many of these films can now be purchased or rented through links at MysticalMovieGuide.com