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April 28th, 2017

The Alive Molecule

an interview with Rak Razam and Niles Heckman

In this week’s episode Rak Razam and Niles Heckman speak with Joanna about their project “Shamans of the Global Village”, a documentary series examining indigenous entheogenic medicines and the Western shamanic resurgence. The pilot episode is called “Octavio Rettig and the Sonoran Desert Toad”.

 

Rak Razam is one of the world’s leading ‘experiential’ journalists, and author of the critically acclaimed book “Aya Awakenings: A Shamanic Odyssey” and the companion volume of interviews, “The Ayahuasca Sessions”. He is a frequent lecturer on ayahuasca and the shamanic revival sweeping the West. He wrote, produced and co-directed the groundbreaking new visionary documentary “Aya: Awakenings” and has been called one of the “leading spokepersons for the new paradigm”.

Niles Heckman is a filmmaker and street photographer with a background creating visuals for high-end commercials, games cinematics, and Hollywood. He has worked with New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, Marvel Studios, and is a member of three Academy Award winning teams in the animated feature and visual effects categories and a recipient for outstanding achievement in virtual cinematography. He directed the pilot episode for “Shamans of the Global Village” in 2015 and his feature debut for a documentary film entitled “Transmutation” is due for completion in 2017.

 

 

“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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October 7th, 2016

She Sings to the Stars

an interview with Jennifer Corcoran

jennifer_corcoranIn this week’s episode Jennifer Corcoran speaks with Joanna about: a film born of a visionary dream; a two-year journey of deep listening; remembering in Hopi land; following the story in the dreamtime; the mysterious Feminine, in relationship with all life; the alchemy of wonder; a cycle of women stories; journeying through the threshold into another world; the essential role of the land; the pace of the desert; offering our prayers for the protection of water and the Earth.

 

With a BA and MFA in Directing for Theatre, Jennifer Corcoran has worked on stage and documentaries, made super-8 shorts and as a literary editor. She home educated her three children. Having lived in several countries, in different languages, Jennifer has come to believe that the power of our human imagination is what is required to initiate change. Six years ago, she was prompted by a vision to create a cycle of films about women – but specifically, about the feminine – a voice which has long been silent. It is the feminine within each of us, male or female, which connects us to all that is living. A balance longs to be re-created. “She Sings to the Stars” is the first film of that cycle. Together with her brother, “She Sings to the Stars” producer, Jonnie Corcoranan entrepreneur who is an ardent cinephile and has launched successful startups – she is currently developing the second film of the cycle set in contemporary Ireland with a working title, “Now and Also Now”.

 

 

“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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July 29th, 2016

Living to Know

an interview with Gay Dillingham

Gay DillinghamIn this week’s episode Gay Dillingham speaks with Joanna about: inter-generational conversations about what really matters; practising ego-death to live more fully; reactions to “Dying to Know”; beyond the screen, connecting the audience to itself; the human craving to explore; personal to political, manifesting our inner mind; waking up to the interconnected truth; seeing ourselves in the big biological cycle.

 

Gay Dillingham started making documentary films out of college in the late 80s. Her first, “The WIPP Trail”, narrated by Robert Redford, cast a critical eye at our nation’s first and still world’s only underground nuclear waste repository. It became a community organizing tool and aired on PBS national followed by a panel discussion. “My Body Belongs to Me”, a children’s pro-active educational program on sexual abuse, earned the American Film Festival award for “Guidance & Values Education”. Gay then co-founded and managed two environmental technology companies: Earthstone International and Growstone.

Today, she is again concentrating her passion to inform and enlighten through her film company CNS Communications, LLC. The project “Dying to Know” has been a labor of love she has cultivated on and off for 18 years. She is grateful to be back to her life’s passion making films & telling meaningful stories.

 

“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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May 20th, 2011

Gentle Revolution

an interview with David Peat

F. David Peat is a holistic physicist and author who has carried out research in solid state physics and the foundation of quantum theory. He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Liverpool. For many years he was associated with physicist and philosopher David Bohm. While living in Canada Peat organized discussion circles between Western scientists and Native American elders, and while living in London organized a conference between artists and scientists. He has authored or co-authored many books including “Synchronicity: The Bridge between Matter and Mind” “Seven Life lessons of Chaos“, “Turbulent Mirror” and “Gentle Action“. His most recent book is “A Flickering Reality: Cinema and the Nature of Reality“. He has written on the subjects of science, art, and spirituality. He is also director of the Pari Center for New Learning, which is located in the village of Pari near Siena in Tuscany, Italy. He is adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and a Distinguished Fellow at the University of South Africa.

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David speaks with Joanna about beauty, synchronicity, “Bohmian dialogue” as an experiment in holistic communication, change and complexity, his views about the sacred, the crucial role of the merry trickster…

Music: “Mirage”  (from Vaghissimo Ritratto) by Gianluigi Trovesi

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October 4th, 2010

“String Theory” the Movie

an interview with Jacob Freydont-Attie

Jacob Freydont-Attie is a writer, independent filmmaker, and freethinker based in rural northern California.  A second generation flower-child, he was raised in the woods without electricity, television, telephone, indoor plumbing, or Hostess products.  At fifteen he moved to Los Angeles to attend Beverly Hills High School where he began a tumultuous relationship with theater arts that would one day lead to his film “String Theory”.  With a little inspiration from the spirit molecule, Jake and Joshua Milrad – co-directors – set out to turn the script of “String Theory” into a movie.  “String Theory” was filmed on MiniDV over a month in the winter of 2000 with a micro-budget well under a hundred thousand dollars.  Most of the cast and crew were unpaid or underpaid professionals thankful to be working on a movie with, “meaning.”    In June of 2010, Vanguard Cinema released String Theory nationally on DVD.The focus of Jake’s work remains the intersection of art, science, and spirituality.  He believes the true nature of art is always both political and transgressive.  He hopes to muster the energy to make another film soon.

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Jacob speaks with Joanna about the making of his film “String Theory”, Carlos Castaneda, psychedelics, a life-changing experience with DMT, physics & ethics…

Music: “Abacus“, Ross Daly & Chemirani Trio

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December 12th, 2009

Electro Sensitivity and the Use of Wireless Devices

an interview with Talal Jabari

Talal Jabari is a Palestinian/American who upon completing his Masters degree studies in 2000 and returning to Jerusalem, found himself thrust into the world of journalism by the onset of the Second Intifada. First as a fixer, then as a reporter, he covered the escalating violence for such prominent news sources as BBC World Service, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and Al Ahram Weekly. In 2002, Talal started his TV career as an associate producer for CBS News as well as a field producer for the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes. His next career jump was as line producer and production coordinator of a 5-documentary film series entitled “The Shape of the Future,” which has won several awards. He also produced 4 episodes and did a portion of the filming, for Al Jazeera Documentary Channel’s flagship 8-part series: “Israel from Within”. Since then, Talal has continued to specialize in factual programming traveling to Lagos, Nigeria, Antigua, Guatemala and Belgrade, Serbia among other places, to work on various documentaries and doco-reality TV shows. Despite working on numerous award-winning documentary films as a producer or as a sound designer, this is Talal’s first film as the director.

Talal speaks with Joanna about his film : health effects related to cellular technology / possible solutions/ the contradiction between health and finance / Electro-hypersensitivity, among other topics.

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March 31st, 2009

Poetic Images of Extraordinary Emotional Impact

an interview with Godfrey Reggio

Godfrey Reggio is an inventor of a film style which creates poetic images of extraordinary emotional impact for audiences worldwide. Reggio is prominent in the film world for his QATSI trilogy, essays of visual images and sound which chronicle the destructive impact of the modern world on the environment.

Reggio has been a community activitist since the sixties and co-founded a number of organizations dedicated to assisting communities in Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico. In 1974 and 1975, with funding from the American Civil Liberties Union, Reggio co-organized a multi- media public interest campaign on the invasion of privacy and the use of technology to control behavior. His first film, Koyaanisqatsi, was released in 1983.

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