Celebrating a Genre
In 2004, “What the Bleep Do We Know?” starring Academy Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin, expanded the consciousness of film viewers. The film’s content combined quantum physics with spiritual beliefs, while the format contained story, documentary and animation. In 2006, the popularity of “The Secret” with its interviews and vignettes seemed to be the ingredient that finally gave rise to a genre.
The Spiritual Cinema Circle has been sending their members DVDs to be viewed at home for years. But this year, “What the Bleep…?” can celebrate its 10th anniversary at a film festival dedicated to spiritual films, where like-minded fans can gather and take over a small town: the first Awakened World International Film Festival, just up the coast from Hollywood in Santa Barbara, California.
There are a growing number of such festivals, with just enough Hollywood to make them glitter. Let’s look at the latest in spiritual film.