April 13, 2009

The power of good film

Posted in Movie tagged , , , , at 6:10 PM by moxiemuse


Logo of Spiritual Cinema Circle company

Logo of Spiritual Cinema Circle company

As a charter member of Spiritual Cinema Circle, I’m always delighted to get the DVD in the mail every month. I eagerly open the package (created from post-consumer waste, no less) and feast my eyes on the latest offering of inspirational movies. Most of the movies are independentlly directed and produced and not associated with big studios although there are usually some familiar actors in the mix (James Spade, Vanessa Redgrave, Michael Caine, Andie McDowell). The DVD usually has one feature film and several short films. Each film is introduced by Stephen Simon and after each movie, both Stephen and Mariel Hemingway share their thoughts.

They even listen to their subscribers who can write in and request a movie. I wrote in a few years ago about B’ab Aziz and lo’ and behold, a year later, there it was! The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul is the story of a blind dervish named Bab’Aziz and his spirited granddaughter, Ishtar. Together they wander the desert in search of a great reunion of dervishes that takes place just once every thirty years.

This year, I wrote in about The Trail of Painted Ponies, starring Ali MacGraw, narrating in New Mexico about one of the world’s most fascinating public art projects. No word yet on that one.

Some notables:

Tara Road – Two women — one American, one Irish — swap houses and alter the course of their lives.

Conversations with God — Chronicles the dramatic true journey of a struggling man turned homeless, who inadvertently becomes a spiritual messenger and bestselling author, based on his book by the same name.

One — A documentary about the meaning of life, and taking the question of it all to the masses as well as to spiritual leaders of our day.

Aviatrix — An independent short film labeled as “An intergalatic fantasy adventure cancer comedy romance”.

Stay tuned for more favorites added to this list.