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Return of the Lotus-Born Master: Decrypting the Dakini Code

The himalayan expedition searches for the secret teachings of the 8th century guru, the lotus born master, hidden in the valleys and mountains in Bhutan. These can only be decoded with the help of a mystical consort.

Laurence Brahm
Director

Laurence Brahm
Writer

William Lo and Laurence Brahm
Producer

Choeze Kuchen Rimpoche
Key Cast

Project Type:
Documentary, Feature
Genres:
Expedition, documentary, religious, scientific, exploration, nature, enivornment, himalayas, travel
Runtime:
1 hour 30 minutes
Completion Date:
August 23, 2019

Country of Origin:
Bhutan
Country of Filming:
Bhutan
Language:
English

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Wandering…But Not Lost

Under cover of darkness and with no word of his plans, much-beloved Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche walked away from his life on the international stage to live that of a wandering yogi. Unheard of among eminent teachers today, such a practice is rife with hardships. For Mingyur Rinpoche, these challenges—begging, finding food and shelter, illness, and all the attendant risks of wandering incognito from place to place with the barest of possessions—present fertile ground for deepening insight into the true nature of the mind.

Wandering . . . But Not Lost is an intimate account of Rinpoche’s four-and-a-half-year retreat (June 2011 – November 2015) interspersed with the master’s own guidance in applying Buddhist wisdom to our daily modern lives.

The story begins in Bodhgaya, India at the monastery of this renowned meditation master and teacher, best-selling author, and abbot of three monasteries worldwide. Recounting the night of his disappearance in detail, the film follows Rinpoche through his first days and weeks, including his near-death experience and the insight he gains as a result.

In vibrant and sweeping footage, WNL then traces his path—by foot, bus, train, and rickshaw—over the plains of northern India and into the mountains, hermitages, and caves of the Himalayas. Along the way, Rinpoche shares the wisdom he gained from these experiences in candid insights.

The story turns when Tashila, long-time attendant and friend of Rinpoche, spots him in Kathmandu at the Great Stupa of Boudhanath. Tashila, filled with inspiration, implores Rinpoche to allow him to join him. Rinpoche refuses at first, but when Tashila agrees to commit to a three-year wandering retreat, Rinpoche consents. The gain is ours: Tashila provides audiences a window into Rinpoche’s compassion and kindness for others. He recounts the yogi’s interactions with strangers in which he offers meditation techniques and Buddhist philosophy to anyone who asks or shows interest.

Layered over this story is exotic footage of ancient and holy places, such as Langtang, Nubri, Dolpo, and Lapchi where Tibet’s most famous yogi and poet Jetsun Milarepa (1052-1135) lived in solitary meditation. Kushinagar, where the Buddha passed away, Varanasi, Rishikesh, Ladakh, and Amritsar are also featured, along with one of the holiest Hindu shrines on the subcontinent: Vaishno Devi, reached by an arduous 14-kilometer hike up a mountain path full of joyous Hindu pilgrims.

“The entire path is a shift in perception,” says Mingyur Rinpoche. These and other words of wisdom culled from his extraordinary wandering retreat and devoted adherence to his meditative practice will touch—and inspire—audiences everywhere.

Paul MacGowan
Director
Paul MacGowan
Producer
Paul MacGaowan
Writer
Kimberly Danforth
Writer
Cortland Dahl
Writer
Paul MacGowan
Editor
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Key Cast
Vajradhara Tai Situ Rinpoche
Key Cast
Tsokni Rinpoche
Key Cast
Lama Tashi
Key Cast
Peter Coyote
Narrator
Paul MacGowan
Camera Operators
Peter Kent
Camera Operators
David Lassiter
Camera Operators
Brian Finney
Production Assistants
Uma Helle
Production Assistants
James Hopkins
Production Assistants
Jennifer Kerker
Production Assistants
Nita Lescher
Production Assistants
Adrian Smith
Production Assistants
Liam Tata
Production Assistants
Douglas Campbell
Graphics
Craig Spoth
Graphics
Artem Mostovyi
Sound Mix

Project Type:
Documentary
Runtime:
1 hour 29 minutes 5 seconds
Completion Date:
September 1, 2020
Country of Origin:
United States
Country of Filming:
India, Nepal
Language:
English

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The Ballroom Dance Spell

Synopsis: “The Ballroom Dance Spell” is a fantasy short film about Alex and Angela working to unravel an occult society. They are thrown into mayhem when Cadence, a witch from Alex’s past, appears and casts a spell on the pair. “The Ballroom Dance Spell” is a dance choreographed short film, blending Ballroom dancing with witchcraft.

Cast: Alex Demkin, Amy Levy, Tia Streety

Director: David Levy

Genre: Fantasy Thriller

Runtime: 9 minutes and 30 seconds

Language: English

Subtitles: none

Music Composed by John Koutselinis

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EGERIA

SINOPSIS : It is dawn in Rome. The Tiber flows silently. From its waters Egeria is born, the nymph loved by Numa Pompilio. Her duty is to constantly surveil and protect the city’s waters, to the point of merging with them at the fall of darkness… to be then reborn the next day at sunrise. / CAST: Giulia Quacquarelli / DIRECTOR: Mario Kreill (Mario Cirillo / GENRES: Experimental, Music Video, Visual poetry / LANGUAGE: no dialogs / SUBTITLES: No subtitles /
DIRECTOR STATEMENT: Short made through a personal technique that combines pixilation and long photographic exposures.

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Carry Us, Luminous Traveler

An homage to 70s fantasy & rotoscoping. This is a visual album of an audiobook written, recorded, and drawn by Stephen Cowdrey. The audiobook tells the story of a traveler whose quest is to destroy a demon and save the world.

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The path of plants : a journey to healing

On the edge of the Peruvian forest, the Takiwasi center welcomes
and treats drug addicts from all over the world. Combining
psychotherapy and traditional Amazonian medicines, their
method for treating addiction is unique.
For nine months, patients live behind closed doors, learning how
to create new meaningful social bonds with one another, while
facing all aspects of themselves. Purging plants are used to
detoxify the body and mind, whilevision plants, such as
ayahuasca, allow for an immersion into the unconscious during
which patients explore the complexities of memory and identity.
In a setting where everything is ritualized, the center acts as a
theater of physical and psychological transformations.

Louis Bidou and Aurélie Marques
Director
Louis BIDOU and Aurélie Marques
Writer
Confluences Humaines
Producer

Project Title (Original Language):
La voie des plantes : ceux qui voulaient guérir
Project Type:
Documentary
Genres:
Discovery, adventure, observational
Runtime:
1 hour 27 minutes
Completion Date:
October 31, 2019
Country of Origin:
France
Country of Filming:
Peru
Language:
English, Spanish

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Veterans Journey Home: Leaving it on the Land

A cohort of 12 Military Veterans do an ancient, 12 day, wilderness Vision Fast ceremony in the desert in Washington that includes four days of solo fasting on the land using only water and minimal shelter.

Frederick Marx
Director

Frederick Marx
Writer

Frederick Marx
Producer

Larry Hobbs
Key Cast

Project Type:
Documentary, Feature
Genres:
military, veteran, ritual, ceremony, ancient, nature, desert, land, documentary
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes
Completion Date:
February 20, 2020

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The Puppet In The Pie

To celebrate a coming eclipse, drag-performers bake puppets into pies and worship the sun, in this “lost” silent film, recently discovered on a beat-up VHS tape, floating in a sewage-flooded basement of NJ.

It’s like ‘Ren & Stimpy’ meets ‘Begotten.’

Chuck Hilltop PhD
Director
She, Meaning The Body On The Floor, The Opposite, Wisdom, Stalker
Marc Brousseau
Writer
She, Meaning The Body On The Floor, The Opposite, Stalker, Dark Entries, Betty Crocker And The Cthulu Mythos
Evan Brown
Writer
Betty Crocker And The Cthulu Mythos, Selfhatinghipster.com
Marc Brousseau
Producer
Sean Collins
Key Cast
“Orville Barthelmess / Pinch / “The Pauper””
Evan Brown
Key Cast
“Gùy Espíríte / “Momma””
Anesia Bisnath
Key Cast
“Amnesia Chryste / “The Boy””

Project Type:
Experimental, Feature
Genres:
Cult, Arthouse, Horror-Comedy, Horror, Silent Film
Runtime:
1 hour 1 minute 19 seconds
Completion Date:
March 1, 2020
Country of Origin:
United States
Country of Filming:
United States
Language:
English

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Orpheus in Tartarus

In this radical new-musical angle on the myth, the ancient Thracian bard Orpheus remembers his journey to the Underworld in an attempt to retrieve his lost love Eurydice from the realm of the Shades.
He must pass Cerberus and then Hekate before entreating Hades and Persephone…
A film within a film, this is an extended flashback scene from the feature film ‘Solve et Coagula’ which can now be seen in complete form here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/solveetcoagula

Orpheus: Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule, Eurydice: Patrixia Stockholm, Persephone: Vanessa Skantze.
Director: Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule
Genres: Esoteric, Mythical, Surreal
Runtime: 18mins
Language: English
Subtitles: Embedded

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Il Malego

A young man, who always thought he was “different”, enters a world of mystery and spiritualism.

Valerio Vena
Director
Valerio Vena
Writer
Valerio Vena
Producer
Valerio Vena
Key Cast

Project Title (Original Language):
Il Malego
Project Type:
Experimental, Short
Genres:
Psychological, Spiritual
Runtime:
28 minutes 9 seconds
Completion Date:
December 31, 2020
Country of Origin:
Italy
Country of Filming:
Italy
Language:
English, Italian

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LEA-Nº1-MM-(Mandala-Museum)

Sacred Art in Tibetan Buddhism

LEA-Laboratorio Experimental de Antropología (The Experimental Laboratory of Anthropology) performs in the main hall of the National Museum of Anthropology of Madrid a “Sand Mandala and a Puja Ritual in honor of Green Tara”, the Mother Goddess of all Buddhas.
The Mandala is held for 3 days from 03/9/2019, a sacred cosmic day in Tibetan Buddhism and International Women’s Day.
It is an immersive and ineteractive spiritual anthropological experience for citizens and users of the Museum during the process and ritual.
The first LEA 5.55 minute audiovisual piece is a winning project that was worked in the Residence & Conference of the VRN-Visual Research Network of the Granada Center for Visual Anthropology & Department of Social Anthropology University of Manchester.sept. 2019-.

The LEA intends to carry out experimental anthropology activities by documenting them in a multimodal new way (Text, photo, video, VR, AR, Performance…) adapting to the way of consuming ideas of each age, population or cultural segment.
LEA wants to propose a new Ontological Turn including the documentation of reality and its presentation in multimodal, transmedia or crossmedia formats. All this implies a new epistemological and methodological approach, new objects… Stimulated by the citizen’s experience, without losing the anthropological rigor.

antonio cadierno parodi
Director
director
Iria Sanjurjo
Director
Editing
Juan Eduardo de los Santos
Director
Camera
Sonia Gonzalez
Director
Assistant Camera
LEA
Writer
Laboratorio Experimental de Antroloplogía
Antonio Cadierno Parodi
Producer
AntropoDocs & Films
Museo Nacional de Antropologia Madrid
Producer
Ministerio de Cultura

Project Type:
Documentary, Experimental, Short
Genres:
Anthropology, Ritual, Religion, Buddhism, Tara, Experimental, Museum
Runtime:
5 minutes 55 seconds
Completion Date:
November 25, 2019
Country of Origin:
Spain
Country of Filming:
Spain
Language:
English

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Grünen Metallglanz

This video is the first scientific proof that the green luster of sasairo-beni has properties similar to metal reflection.

maiko Sasaki
Director
hitoshi Yajima
Writer
hitoshi Yajima
Producer
hiroshi Nose
Producer
maiko Sasaki
Producer
momoka Endo
Key Cast
Yoshiharu
music

Project Title (Original Language):
笹色の紅Grünen Metallglanz
Project Type:
Documentary, Experimental, Short
Runtime:
10 minutes 45 seconds
Completion Date:
January 22, 2021
Country of Origin:
Japan
Country of Filming:
Japan
Language:
Japanese
Shooting Format:
35mm, digital,
Aspect Ratio:
16:9
Film Color:
Color

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The Day Before Creation

Synopsis:
Malkah is just a little kid when her father tries to teach her to read Torah. But they don’t get very far. As Malkah reads aloud, her questions multiply. They take her on a lifelong journey deeper and deeper into Jewish mystical texts, far off places, encounters with ancient gods, and ultimately into the nature of existence itself. Malkah discovers an earlier, hidden creation story right inside the one offered on the surface of Genesis.

Cast: Mira Z. Amiras, Charlie Varon

Director: Mira Z. Amiras

Writer: Mira Z. Amiras

Illustration: Josh Baum

Animation: Sam Baum

Music: Yair Dalal

Sound: Jeremiah Moore

Animation Producer: Mike Jennings

Genre: Drama, Animation, Short

Language: English, some Hebrew

Runtime: 37 minutes

Subtitles: English

Production: Something Will Emerge Productions

Country of Production: USA

Director’s Statement:
Most of my career has focused on the Middle East and North Africa. But since childhood I’ve been hounded by letters of the Hebrew aleph-bet and other ancient alphabets of the Near East to tell their stories. This movie is the result, along with the books, “Malkah’s Notebook: A Journey into the Mystical Aleph-Bet” and the book of sources, “Crumbling Old Books in the Dusty Old Library (if you care to slip between the covers).”

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The Astrology of Pandemics

SYNOPSIS:

The Astrology of Pandemics is a 42-minute documentary film on the astrology of both COVID-19 and previous pandemics. An unprecedented astronomical and astrological journey that investigates the same planetary configuration that happens at each pandemic to date.

Can astrology help us understand the current pandemic and assist us in preparing for future outbreaks? Featuring an interview with renowned astrologer André Barbault who, back in 2011, predicted the 2020 pandemic, using planetary cycles.

CAST: André Barbault

DIRECTOR: Nicholas Snyder

GENRE: Documentary
SUBGENRE: Historical / Narrative / Spiritual

RUNTIME: 42 minutes

LANGUAGE: English (Interview with Barbault is in French)

SUBTITLES: EN

DIRECTOR STATEMENT:

Through an in-depth astrological research, the intent of “The Astrology of Pandemics” is to help people build resilience to better cope with the stressors of this pandemic, while giving an overview of the planetary energies that are present during pandemics (the current one included).
Although the film has a lot of astrological terminology, it is made for anyone who is interested in astrology, from beginner to advanced.
Given the striking prediction of a “2020 pandemic”, made by astrologer André Barbault in 2011 using the study of the planetary cyclic index, the film seeks to inform the viewer of the stunning correlations between planetary configurations and global events.

This film was made with the hope to spark the curiosity about the connection we have to the universe and present astrology as a valuable and useful tool when it comes to understanding periods of crises.
Can this be the language in which the universe is trying to communicate?

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VERITAS NUDA

SYNOPSIS:
God creates MAN and WOMAN, but papal dogmas divide them.
They escape the conflict the way God created them – naked.
Suddenly they find themselves in a library.
In ancient books they discover the Song of Solomon.
The tender verses help man and woman to reunite once again. The library becomes their new Garden of Eden.
The Song of Songs is a collection of highly erotic poems in the Bible. VERITAS NUDA puts them in relation to papal doctrine by combining nude art, acting and bible readings.

CAST:
Woman: Melody Bayer
Man: Ole Bosse
Hand: Martina Topp
Voice 1: Jessica Schilling
Voice 2: Alice Rudolf-Hinse
German voice: Hubertus Hinse

DIRECTOR:
Hubertus Hinse

GENRE:
Experimental

RUNTIME:
14:24

LANGUAGE:
English

SUBTITLES:
German

DIRECTOR STATEMENT:
If human beings are the image of God, shouldn’t physicality be celebrated instead of being demonized? There is eroticism even in the Bible! Solomon’s Song of Songs is an ancient collection of highly erotic love poems. And yet physicality and sexuality are still often associated with guilt and shame: While the Pope claims that the primary task of women is to give birth and therefore forbids contraception, God’s creation groans under overpopulation. VERITAS NUDA makes a plea for physicality lived positively: The erotic texts of the Song of Solomon are put in relation to “humane vitae”, the ban on the pill, and current Vatican quotations.
VERITAS NUDA brings the conflict between physicality and papal doctrine to the screen.
Our statement is clear: The current attitude of the Vatican to physicality and sexuality is a mistake in the eyes of the crew, as was the condemnation of Galileo.

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The First Jellyfish

Synopsis : In a world under the dominion of pharmaceutical lobby, a man tries to get him off a dangerous mutagenic drug by concluding a deal with a mysterious guru…

Cast : Pascal Voglimacci, Oumar Diolo, James Ferrux, Benjamin Passedouet, Aurélien Peroumal

Director : Sébastien Pesle

Genres : Science-fiction, Horror, Psychedelic

Runtime : 19:56

Language : French

Subtitles : English, Spanish

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O B L O N

SYNOPSIS: Thanks to the help of a mysterious master, Noblo systematically ascends all the five layers of reality of the ancient Vedic scriptures, desperately seeking for his life’s purpose. Numbness and confusion dramatically take a hold of him as he progresses, from Earth to Fire, Water to Air, slowly revealing, as he reaches the innermost cave of the self, the true face of his eternal enemy: the Doppleganger. A most symbolic voyage, that will finally see him emerging as a master of reality; thus giving the wheel of life, another spin.
/ CAST: Gianmarco Cestra
/ DIRECTOR: Fabio Falzarano
/ GENRES: Surreal, Experimental
/ Runtime: 11:20
/ Language: Italian
/ Subtitles: Ma OBLON, o NOBLO?
/ Director statement: «What is OBLON?» and «What is reality?» is perhaps asking the same question.
The key of the riddle portayed in this short humble work, is one of most ancient origin; that of sages lost in the seashores of time. As they point at the infinite nature of possibilities that lies just outside the deaf capabilities of the senses, a new perspective becomes suddenly clear.

«What is OBLON?» and «What is ideology?» is perhaps asking the same question again.
Ideology as one’s weltanschauung, one’s life’s vision, is made apparent to our protagonist as he loses himself in the infinite stream of the OBLON mantra. the infinite canvas of possibilities, that previously resolved in the only frame that his cultural tradition held as valid (OBLON), but that now opens up to just as many life vision’s as there are perspectives on life; just as each of the framing on the sides of the Press kit’s pages shows, by isolating five consecutive letters, inside the infinite stream of:

…OBLONOBLONOBLONOBLONOBLONOBLONOBLONOBLONOBLON…

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Circumincessio

synopsis: Circumincessio is a symbolist meditation on the holy trinity; the wisdom, the angelic martyrdom and the inwardness.
genre: symbolism / surrealism / occult
runtime: 3 min
director: Jonah Steeman

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Amongst the Plants

The film ‘Entre las Plantas’ (Among the Plants) portrays a Amazonian family who works and communicates with plants in order to help Peruvian and foreign people. In their garden they cultivate medicinal plants to heal and protect against negative energy. During the night, in ceremony, they communicate with the ‘mother of all plants’, Ayahuasca, who provides information on how to further help other people. With patience the filmmaker learns how plant, animal and human work together in this garden.

Cast:
Karina Menacho Rodriguez
Julio Apaestugui Escobar
Flora Rodriguez Arauzo
Juan Ratto Menacho
Gilberto Garza
Ayahuasca
Chacruna
Mapacho
Coca
Pinon
Felipe
Chavelita
Baldomero
Palomo
Abu
Etto Rodriguez
Alcedes Rodriguez Arauzo
Magdalena de la Cruz Crispine
and
Mark Lindenberg

Directed by: Mark Lindenberg

Genres: Documentary, Ethnographic film, ancient knowledge, interspecies communication.

Language: Spanish (Castellano), English, Dutch,

Subtitles: English

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HU MAN – Healing journey to being human

HU MAN is a documentary showing the ability of humans to rise above their limiting self understanding to true grandeur by putting Vedic Wisdom into action.
The powers of the mind have long surpassed the imaginable. What we do not even dare to think, we carry in our name. We are human.

i) Film Info

Film Title (English): _HU MAN

Film Language: ___English

Film Genre: Documentary

Running Time: 37.27

Year of Release: 2021

Country of Production: Germany

Directo’s Statement.
Annette Mueller is a producer, director, author and publisher. Alongside Sharon Stone and Emmanuel Itier, Annette Mueller produced the documentary THE CURE, directed by international award-winning filmmaker Emmanuel Itier. THE CURE was conceived over the course of 3 years in over 10 different countries, and Annette Mueller debuted a special Director’s Cut of the documentary on September 16th, 2017 during The Healing Days in the Chiemgau in Germany. She continues to work alongside Itier, producing the documentaries WE THE PEOPLE and Guns, Bombs, and War: A Love Story. Mueller is also produced the documentary HEALERS WITHOUT BORDERS in collaboration with filmmakers Werner Dück and Emmanuel Itier. Her latest work is the production and direction of the documentary HU MAN – Healing Journey To Being Human. As a philanthropist and the founder as well as CEO of the respected hospital for energy healing Villa San Esprit and the École San Esprit – International School Of Healing Arts n Germany which teaches the three energy healing methods she developed: amazingrace, SKYourself, and KAR. Mueller is based in London.

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Annapakta – One Who Can Digest Food. Yoga and Ayurveda – Science of Life

This film uncovers some of the foundations that make up yoga and Ayurveda, and which have been diluted in the course of their worldwide spread. Yoga scholars and teachers, yogis, Ayurveda scholars and doctors, all of whom were chosen for their decades of honest and profound practice and experience, respond to common misconceptions and prejudices: does Ayurveda mean vegetarian? Is Yoga a religion? What is a yogi? What is knowledge? What does science mean? What is life?

Cast: Dr. Vinod Verma, R. Sriram, Anjali Sriram, Dr. Nrusingh Charan Panda, Swami Nadananda, Sudhir Natarajan, Swami Paramadvaiti, Dr. T.G. Vinodkumar, Dr. A. Sudheer, Dr. G. Meera

Director: Rajele Jain

Genre: Creative Documentary

Runtime: 108 min

Language: English

Subtitles: English/German

Director statement:
Although the popularity of India since the 1960s has brought reports about yoga and later also Ayurveda to the West, today’s offers from the fields of wellness or alternative medicine do not seem to take into account the seriousness and requirements (especially on the part of the student/customer) as described in the original theories and practices. This softening possibly prevents seriously interested people from becoming familiar with the possibilities for a self-determined, happy and healthy life, which could be found here as universal knowledge.

Everyone knows the common prejudices: Yoga practice is like acrobatics (at least if you look at the advertising photos for yoga classes), an Ayurvedical treatment means lying passively on a bench and getting oil dripped on your forehead (“this is only done for mentally ill people”, my Ayurveda specialist protested), meditators only perceive themselves, retreats or Ayurvedic medicines have to be paid dearly and so on. All this is to be countered by direct questioning of the most experienced and honest practitioners and teachers, but even more importantly: what can we all, in the West but also in India itself, actually gain by it as contemporary people?

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Revelation of Jonah

How many times have you managed to feel that something much greater than you surrounds and pervades you? You call it intuition, a premonition or conscience – but who is really knocking inside of you?
Three days, three nights, three lives in the belly of a whale…
Eyes must become accustomed to the darkness in order
to learn to distinguish light.
There is no other way to see clearly.

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The Heartbeat of Life

SYNOPSIS
Francesco, a Sicilian artisan drum maker, is following his dreams by making goatskin tambourines. The goat feeds on the earth, Francesco says, and returns to the earth in a new form, the drum. When Francesco creates an instrument, a true ritual is taking place, because he is giving back a voice to something that lived, died, and then returned to life. He looks at the drums as children, all with different personalities. At some point he must let them go so they can travel far away to learn to be on their own. Our lives vibrate to a primordial rhythm even before we have ears in the mother’s womb; that’s how we all are connected with the drum.
Peppe, a percussionist and traditional music researcher, was first introduced by his grandmother to drums at age 10. His mission is to keep alive this ancient musical instrument to children of the present generation.

FRANCESCO AMARA
The manufacturing of these musical instruments is laborious and meticulous. I have known Francesco since we were children. In our youth, our generation tended to migrate to the north of the country in search of better opportunities. Francesco left Sicily many times, working in different places, but always returned to Sicily, his homeland. Today we understand why. He left the certainty of one way of life to make new life from his hands. The drum is part of his philosophy of life. When he tans a pelt, he mutters a prayer, acknowledging the violence the animal may have suffered. There is a sense of intimacy, and he voices to the goat how it will live on through the drum and not die again.

PEPPE DI MAURO
In Peppe’s home, figures of Saints and various other folklore scenes were painted on the drums. His grandmother would take the drums down from the wall and play with a technique all her own. Today, he teaches the Sicilian tambourine because he believes it to truly be an identity factor of Sicily, particularly Southern Italy. Teaching children became a true passion for Peppe, because passing this tradition down, especially to the youngest ones, allows him to not break this thread. According to methods of the Sicilian Greek philosopher Empedocles, Peppe utilizes that method playing onomatopoeic sounds taking his cues from the ancient Sicilian dialect. This descriptive music also is influenced by nursery rhymes and the rhythmic sequence corresponding to vowel sounds.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT
The idea for this project came after viewing a Facebook video of a solo performance by Peppe Di Mauro playing a small 3 inch tambourine named “U PICCIRIDU” (the baby) made by Francesco Amara. The post was so intense that it boasted over 10,000 views. This film project was shot in their homeland, Sicily. The project is a mixture of love, meaningful life messages, and emotion from both the artisan’s almost ritualistic manufacturing of these instruments, and the personal mission of the music teacher to continue the legacy of the music created from the historic tambourines/drums made from the skins of goats living and then dying on the beautiful Sicilian landscape. The visual challenge was how to bring this small part of Sicily to the rest of the world, and to enable the viewer tone part of it. I decided to film eighty percent of the project with only one wide-angle lens and to stay close to the action to amplify the visual perception. Only natural light was allowed during filming because I wanted to keep that little world untouched. Much of the film was shot indoors, like the inside of a mother’s womb with the rhythmic heartbeat present from the beginning, and continuing in another life: that of the handmade tambourine.

DIRECTOR’S BIOGRAPHY
Born and raised in Lentini (Sicily), Giuseppe honed his skills through vast experiences he captured in photographs and heartfelt stories that had significant impact on him as he filmed their emotive content. After extensive travel throughout Europe and other parts of the globe, he eventually landed in New York, where for a while he studied English and then dabbled in teaching film classes. He realized he didn’t need a diploma to start his own company, Art Motion Pictures, a media production company that brings to life the light, truth, and vulnerability in all aspects of our daily lives. Giuseppe instinctively captures raw emotion in whatever project he is working on. Some of his noted works earned him titles such as award-winning cinematographer of the Golden Panda at the Sichuan TV Festival in China for his documentary Last Stop, produced by RAI Cinema. He started his collaboration with the photography company Magnum Photos, filming a series of documentaries on iconic masters such as Elliott Erwitt, Bruce Gilden, Steve McCurry and Thomas Hoepker. His work has been shown in major international film festivals: Tribeca with the feature movie, Blackout in 2008, the Venice Film Festival in 2009 with the documentary Ward 54, and in 2011 with the documentary Dante Ferretti, Production Designer featuring Martin Scorsese and Julie Taymor, shown at MOMA.
Deeply moved by all that is happening in the world today, Giuseppe continues to look for the right story to tell, but more often than not, the story finds Giuseppe!

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Genres: Documentary
Duration: 14 mins
Country of Origin: USA | ITALY
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Color
Language: Italian / English Subtitle

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An American Satan

-Exclusively showing only for Film Festival audience in Italy-

Synopsis:
Founded in 1966 in California by a former organist and lion tamer named Anton Szandor LaVey, the Church of Satan has often been surrounded by mysteries, scandals and moral panics.
Some of today’s active members of the church and other free-styled Satanists will share their views, memories, ritual practices and personal stories about how they got involved with Satanism, discussing the false myths that still surround the movement. An immersive journey into one the most fascinating phenomena of American religious pluralism.

Cast : Peter H.Gilmore, David Harris, Steven Johnson Leyba, Blanche Barton, Heather Harris, Stanton Lavey, Adam Cardone, Dr Robert Johnson, M.A. Mandrake, Diabolus Rex, Peggy Nadramia, Aden Ardennes, Zoth Ommogh, Ruth Waytz, Raul Antony, Neil Smith, Milton C. Cruver, Karen Millman, Boyd Rice, Darren Deicide.

Director : Aram Garriga

Genre: Documentary / Arts & Culture, Religion

Runtime: 72 min

Language : English

Country of production : Spain

Country of filming: United States

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Abbey of Thelema

Synopsis: „Abbey of Thelema“ (2020) is an experimental documentary film about the cursed rooms of a former cultic place, founded by the British occultist Aleister Crowley in 1920 near the Sicilian town of Cefalù. After 100 years of vacancy, the building is now dilapidated and overgrown with plants. Nature has reconquered all the spaces and the viewer is trapped in a swaying position in the rooms. Hip-high plants have made their way through the fallen roof tiles. In his search for the occult, the viewer suddenly finds himself no longer as a counterpart but inside the things.
Thus the howling cries of ecstasy give way to the slow whisper of decay, presenting the Abbey’s spiritual fulfilment in a state of sacred silence. As if nature’s reconquering of this sacred space was part of the latter’s original intention all along. Thereby, the uncanny aesthetics of the ruinous hint at an overcoming of the anthropocene.
Director: Michel Kessler
Genres: Experimental Documentary
Runtime: 7.15 Min
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Norn

Synopsis:

PREFACE
In Norse mythology, the Norns are female goddesses who rule the destiny of all living beings.
The most important of the Norns are three sisters, standing for the past, the present and the
future. Their names are Urd (what ever was), Verdandi (what is born to be) and Skuld (what
will be). Together they live at the Yggdrasil, or in other words the tree of life. They nourish
this tree by anointing the decaying wood with white clay. This tree symbolizes the endlessly
branched form of existance. Beside that, he connects the human world, the world of the dead,
and the world of gods. Often, this tree was represented as a gigantic ash, but old writings
indicate it was probably a venom tree.
“And all this tolerates the ash, which must be regarded as a world tree, does not perish, but is
eternally, evergreen, standing at the holy source of time.”
CONTENT
One day, Norn wends to the Earth to kill a child named Herlinde. Norn is a young goddess
who got the task of killing Herlinde. Death is treated with great respect. Not seen as good, nor
bad, but the necessary. Norns believe that those who have completed life on Earth, can move
on to another life, a next phase. In other words: Norn wants to help Herlinde. Killing without
murder. However, Herlinde is relieved with the appearance of Norn. She felt like her
superficial life had nothing more to offer her and she had been praying for a miracle. And
there was Norn, who had appaered in her life as a gift. Herlinde was not aware of Norn’s
intention and shows her new, silent and intruiging friend life as she knows it. Norn starts to
feel connected to Herlinde, even though she maintains a cold distance. Due to a sense of
unity, Norn is having trouble killing Herlinde and enjoys the time they share together. Hours
later, when night is falling, Herlinde invites Norn to join her in bed. But gods need no sleep.
At night Norn transforms into an old woman, who feels a strong desire to strangle Herlinde.
However, that night Norn doesn’t kill Herlinde due to a fear of hurting her new friend’s
feelings. As soon as Herlinde wakes up in the morning, Norn tells her the truth. Herlinde who
is ignorant about the gods, was not prepared for this twist. She is very afraid because she
doesn’t want to die, but she trusts Norn so she allows her fate. Death will be embraced.

This idea comes from the inner conflict of wanting to live and wanting to die at the same
time, in which Norn expresses death and Herlinde expresses life. Besides physical death there
are ways to die without having to give up life. This happens when someone experiences
personal growth in the psyche: in the spirit the dead part is released so that space is created for
something new. It is a soft internal transition, so that the personality can become (more)
whole.

Cast:
Hannah Vanspauwen as Norn
Roosje Marchal as the girl
Emma Elens, Soeteken Elens, Lotte Meert as the three girls
Imelda Claes as the old woman

Director: Janne Elens
Genre: Tale/Legend
Runtime: 15 min 27 seconds
Language: DUTCH
Subtitles: ENG

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The Other Magick

Synopsis
In the depths of the City of Buenos Aires there lies a Most Mysterious Mansion; a neutral zone.
It is a Refuge dedicated to free and libertarian spiritual search.
And it is also a meeting space. A space of Encounter. An Utopia.
A mystical node that gathers seekers interested and invested in esotericism.
This is the story of the Aurea Abbey.
This is the story of their Great Work.
This is the story of their Other Magic.

Cast
Auric De Grey
ErebuS
Luminara

Director: Leandro Bartoletti

Genres: Esoteric documentary

Runtime: 100 min.

Language: spanish.

Subtitles: english.

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Sound of Bee, Form of Ghost

Synopsis:
In this experimental digital dance work, the 64 Yoginis are realized with movement, glitch, generative animation, and evoked by poetic reflections on matrilineage and the goddesses, set to an original score. A celebration of female depth and expanse. Gesture, motion, pixels, color, poetry, story, spells, and sound call out to the elders, to the spirit mothers.

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Credits:
Directed by Fannie Hungerford & Joshua Dumas
Choreography and performance by Fannie Hungerford
Editing, animation, and music by Joshua Dumas
Production assistance by Chelsea Regan and Daniel Fine
Music mastering by Scott Craggs at Old Colony Mastering

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Genres:
Experimental, digital, glitch, dancefilm

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Runtime: 16:45

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Language:
English

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Subtitles:
English

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The Silversmith

In early XVII’th century, A talented young silversmith (Johannes Banfi Hunyades) from the Transylvanian city of Baia Mare, immersed himself in alchemical studies 400 years ago and came into conflict with the most powerful man in the area. In a parallel act in the present time, an entrepreneur from Baia Mare is investigating after he accidentally found the unknown alchemist in his hometown.
Nowdays, a furniture dealer from the same city, Walter Übelhart, has decided to take a shorter career to kick. To compensate, he deals with the history of his homeland. A man who seems to have been waiting for him speaks to his parents’ grave. He presents the photo of a coin that shows all of Walters previous research overthrows. The symbols on the coin suggest that it is 400 years previously gave forerunners of Masonic orders in Baia Mare – in the Mining Fraternities in the Region.

Agatha, the daughter of the rich gold mining tenant Georg Lissibona, asks Johannes to help her in love matters. A drug from his laboratory is said to be for a while make them appear dead so that they can face a young man from a hostile family (Herbetstein) can flee her father. It ends with the real death of Agatha by the Father’s dagger after walking through the house like a risen dead woman, a strigoi is wrong.
Johannes travels through Europe to share his knowledge with people from other countries,
exchange works at the court of the alchemist emperor Rudolph II in Prague. In Germany, he was a co-founder of the Rosicrucian movement, the forerunner of the later Freemasonry in England. When he arrived in London, he joined the Rosicrucian circle around William Shakespeare. In the group around Shakespeare, he processes his experiences with Agatha and their tragic love in a stage play. He’s knowledge and contacts make him a sought-after scholar of hisTime; he becomes friends with Arthur Dee and Francis Bacon. Later he was promoted to teach at Gresham College, marries one from Kent the high nobility of England.
Walter often cannot explain can do what he is experiencing. He finded more and more motifs and stories from Shakespeare’s dramas on stories of Romanian traditions.The entrepreneur intensifies his investigations and gets help. He’s friend Paul, a private investigator, is quickly on board, encounters a parapsychologist who opened a new dimension in his studies: hundreds of years apart removed, would actually be very close to each other. The abundance of similar characters and names, even of similarities of entire narrative strands are overwhelming.
The language of the film does not have any lurid effects. It unfolds hers effect through the parallelism of events that are unstoppable from the past to influence the present. The protagonist in the storyline before 400 years is Johannes Banfi Hunyades. The protagonist in the present time is Walter Übelhart – and with the same name with the screenwriter.
The two protagonists finally meet on the spiral of time and engage in a fascinating dialogue.

Cast:
Ioan Mircea Farcaș – Key Cast – “Walter”
Alexandru Stan – Key Cast – “Johannes Banfi Hunyades”

Director: Tárkányi János

Genre: historical, drama, thriller

Runtime: 94 min.

Language: romanian

Subtitle: english

Director statement:

I have always been attracted to difficult situations, which in one way or another are different from the mundane life… I have tried extreme sports to see everyday life from another perspective. In the classroom I experiment with new teaching methods with each class in order to attract the fascination of the digital generation towards the artistic film. Just like in real life, in film I seek to experience everything new, to go on untrodden paths so as to discover and experience new sensations, both in terms of the production side of the film, i.e. content, and on the perception side of the film, meaning the spectator.

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The Exchange

Synopsis:
The Exchange is a science fiction drama about a hybrid human-alien mercenary who is desperate to return to his home planet but is stopped by his commanding officer. When he falls in love with a human woman he must decide whether to stay a mercenary or find his humanity and become free.

Cast:
Adam Hatzimanolis as“Anir”
Jazlyn Gabriel as “Victoria”
Rafael Haddad as “Gordon”

Director: Jerome Kattampallil
Genre: Sci-fi/Drama
Runtime: 97 mins
Language: English
Subtitles: English

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HYPNAGOGIA

Hypnagogia music video aims to represent both a mystical dream and a universal spell, trying to include rites, superstitions, and symbologies taken, with absolute respect, from different beliefs around the world.
Maybe, it can also be understood as an audiovisual Totem.
DIRECTOR: Arturo Baston
MUSIC: Death Valley Girls
Genres: Music Video
Runtime: 04′:57”
English

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Meanwhile, the world…

Synopsis: Two characters are stuck in a loop until it’s impossible for them to ingnore the rest of the world.
Cast: Stefano Gasperetti, Fabio Sperandio
Genres: Absurd, Sci-fi, Grotesque
Runtime: 10.12 min
Language: Mute
Subtitles: None
Director’s Statement: I wanted to make a movie that spoke about those that are too often considered “the best of us”, and that I think are as responsible, if not more, of the current state of our world as the ones that usually are subject of this accusation. A cautionary tale for future generations of intellectuals and aspiring “saints”.

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The Legacy of the Wild Mothers

The Legacy of the Wild Mothers is a documentary about a group of women living in Norway that have a deep connection with the natural world inspired by ancient shamanic beliefs and practices. They hold a special relationship with Nature by reviving old rituals centred on the worship of goddesses, the moon, animals and the female reproductive system.

Director & Producer: Margarida Paiva
Cinematography: Margarida Paiva
Participation: Irini Hara, Johanna L. Rivera, Milda Rai, Tamara de Zotti, Vanja Sverdlilje
Music: Enza Lattanzi
Sound Mix: Kenneth M. Lewis

Margarida Paiva (1975, Portugal) is a visual artist living in Oslo working with film and photography. In 2007, Paiva completed her Master degree at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and has earlier studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Porto. Her films have been shown widely in exhibitions and international festivals. Recent work focuses on the human bond with other living beings, like plant and animal life. This interest in nature has a spiritual dimension which is inspired by ancient animist beliefs in which plants, animals and places all possess a distinct immaterial essence.

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Prima Linea

“Prima Linea” is a documentary that tells the most dramatic days of the Covid emergency experienced by the city of Piacenza. It wants to pay homage to all those operators, doctors and nurses who have been always on the front line.

Cast: Hospital Crew
Director: Simone Schiavi
Genres: Documentary
Runtime: 82′
Language: Italian
Subtitels: English

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Vedic GPS

Synopsis: The film deals with a centuries old Vedic discipline which was once scoffed at, as being superstitious, but now is increasingly being recognized as science and taught systematically in many parts of the world. So just how scientific is it? Or perhaps it is an art that relies heavily on intuitive interpretations? Let’s explore through the voices of some of the respected Vedic astrologers in India.
Cast: Dr. Sankara, Pandit Sanjay Rath, Gayatri Devi Vasudev, Raman Suprajarama, Rajesh Choudhary
Director: Latha Krishna
Genre: Documentary feature
Runtime:50 minutes
Language: English
Director’s statement: “The film helps you to take a step back from your daily routine to look at a larger picture, and be aware of a lot more dimensions of life than you normally notice.”

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Secrets of Wild Honey

Guided by the wild bees we join a group of russian old-believers. They say if you go deeper inside russian taiga-forest, there is a way into a parallel universe!
In this journey we try to find out why Altai region has such a mysterious background. Maybe the bees know the answer? /
Director: Igor Virabov
Genres: Short documentary
Runtime: 22:19
Language: Russian
Subtitles: English, russian

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Embers of the Sun

A journey into the sacred landscapes of prehistoric Armenia, “Embers of the Sun” evokes the spirit of a primeval world transfigured by monuments of mysterious origin: rock art found in the desolate volcanic wastes of the Geghama and Syunik mountains, solitary monoliths and cyclopean tombs in rural fields, and the megalithic complex of Zorakarer; vestiges of a lost Bronze Age cosmology that haunt the modern mind.

The aesthetics of analog video – the cinematic equivalent of watercolor or polaroid – express the otherworldly presence of the monuments and the numinous, terrifying beauty of the spaces they address. Equally integral is the soundtrack by the British group Urthona, taken from the album “Urthona plays Atlantis?”, a collaboration of the band with celebrated musician, writer and prehistorian, Julian Cope. Neil Mortimer’s thundering guitar, Michael York’s ethereal duduk, and Cope’s ritualistic percussion conjure up a vanished world that mirrors the film’s images in sound: the vastness and majesty of the mountains, the raw energy of the elements, the intimation of ancient powers, cosmic and chthonic.

At once lyrical documentary and archeological sci-fi, “Embers of the Sun” is an apocalyptic vision of the future in the past. In the prehistoric landscape it sees a post-historic world where civilization ends where it began: an event horizon through which we disappear, whether by ecological disaster, famine, plague, or genocide, leaving only relics of our dreams behind.

Directed by Zareh Tjeknavorian
Edited by Alina Tjeknavorian
Cinematography by Vahagn Ter Hagopian
Music by Urthona

Documentary/Cine-poem/Occult Geography

12 minutes 27 seconds

No dialogue

***ITALIAN***

“Braci del Sole”

Un viaggio nei paesaggi sacri dell’Armenia preistorica, “Braci del Sole” evoca lo spirito di un mondo primordiale trasfigurato da monumenti di origine misteriosa: arte rupestre rinvenuta nelle desolate distese vulcaniche dei monti Geghama e Syunik, monoliti solitari e tombe ciclopiche nei campi rurali e il complesso megalitico di Zorakarer; vestigia di una cosmologia perduta dell’età del bronzo che infestano la mente moderna.

L’estetica del video analogico – l’equivalente cinematografico dell’acquerello o della polaroid – esprime la presenza ultraterrena dei monumenti e la bellezza numinosa e terrificante degli spazi che affrontano. Altrettanto integrale è la colonna sonora del gruppo britannico Urthona, tratta dall’album “Urthona plays Atlantis?”, una collaborazione del gruppo con il celebre musicista, scrittore e preistorico Julian Cope. La tonante chitarra di Neil Mortimer, l’etereo duduk di Michael York e le percussioni rituali di Cope evocano un mondo scomparso che rispecchia nel suono le immagini del film: la vastità e la maestosità delle montagne, l’energia grezza degli elementi e l’intimazione di antichi poteri, cosmici e ctonio.

Al tempo stesso documentario lirico e fantascienza archeologica, “Embers of the Sun” è una visione apocalittica del futuro nel passato. Nel paesaggio preistorico vede un mondo postistorico in cui la civiltà finisce dove è iniziata: un orizzonte degli eventi attraverso il quale scompariamo, sia per disastro ecologico, carestia, peste o genocidio, lasciando dietro di noi solo le reliquie dei nostri sogni.

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Signs of a Rebel Buddha

Synopsis: Signs of a Rebel Buddha explores the lives of unconventional spiritual teachers in an attempt to define what makes them unique. The film features Rama – Dr. Frederick Lenz — a successful software entrepreneur and spiritual teacher who blended American individualism and business savvy with Buddhism in innovative and unconventional ways.
Director: D. R. Thompson
Genre: Video Essay/Short Documentary
Runtime: 19:23
Language: English
Subtitles: N/A
Director’s Statement: I’ve been meditating and studying various forms of spiritual practice virtually all my adult life. During my journey, I’ve encountered numerous spiritual teachers in both what might be termed traditional and non-traditional settings. One of the non-traditional teachers I encountered was Rama – Dr. Frederick Lenz. In this video essay, I explore some aspects of Rama’s teachings that impacted me profoundly and that I believe might be applicable to other non-traditional ‘Rebel Buddhas’ that practitioners may have encountered. Dr. Lenz was both an American success story and a mysterious paradox whose iconoclastic methods had a positive impact on many people’s lives.

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LOS

Synopsis: In another time, on a different world, mankind has made progress . . . Ruled by the very AI they developed and employed to set them free, humans have become slaves to their machine. We have lost friendship, love, and sex, and we are the machine labor and means of production. In a tomorrow-land without touch or value, a future very much of our making, upon which human life is transaction and output, we have lost humanity. The AI, the machine, has put us to work, and we humans do not work without it. We labor and toil for calculations and machinations logical and unfeeling, having forgotten one another and ourselves.

Yet there are the Los: the most human of us, ostracized, exiled, and refuted by the rest for knowing nature and refusing to resist intimacy and the intangible connections of life. It is the Los who would free mankind to return to their humanity and to become again the collective “we” of individuality, of love, of freedom from artificial design. The Los will go to war for the humans who were not and for the humans they are, but . . . will they save us?

Director: Martin Del Carpio
Collage Art + Animation: Nikola Gocic
Soundtrack Composer: Sharif Sehnaoui
Genre: Stop motion animation
Runtime: 6:29

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FORCED TIME OUT – a movie about quarantine, edited in quarantine

On the 19th March, the Government of Portugal implements
state of emergency measures due to COVID-19 outbreak.

This movie merges the work of more than 200 authors, including speakers, musicians, camera operators, photographers…no matter the age, sex, nationality or whatever, just looking at the meaning of their work and especially their will to share it under a Creative Commons license.

Editor: Marzia Braggion
Language: EN
Subtitles: IT and EN
Runtime: 40′

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The Dark Forest

Synopsis: A transcendental fable.

“To honor the memory of his father who passed away in 2019, Martin Del Carpio opts for the medium of film once again, and delivers his most lyrical work to date. At once deeply personal, carefully veiled in a delicate fabric of pure emotions, and absolutely immersive in its dreamlike, mysterious beauty, ‘The Dark Forest’ transmutes its author’s innermost life into an admirable piece of introspective cinema. Opening with Dante Alighieri’s quote which inspired the title, it takes the viewer on a short, yet transcendent journey through the bushes of symbols and trees of thoughts, in the company of a lovely (and cunning?) forest spirit embodied by Carly Erin O’Neil whose poise and grace translate as otherworldly. The enchanting imagery that we see on our way is the result of another tight-knit collaboration between writer / director Del Carpio and DoP / editor William Murray, whereby the dense atmosphere of meditative seclusion is complemented by Dan Shaked’s ruminative voice-over and M. Nomized’s haunting score which occasionally gives off some strong ‘classic Hollywood’ vibes…”

Cast: The Voice of the Forest by Dan Shaked
The Spirit of the Forest by Carly Erin O’Neil
Written & Directed by Martin Del Carpio
Produced by Martin Del Carpio & Jolie Chan
Photographed by William Murray
Edited by William Murray & Martin Del Carpio
Music composed and played by M. Nomized
Visual Effects by William Murray
Genre: Videopoetry / Poetry Film
Runtime: 9:23
Language: English
Subtitles: Can get in any language upon request.
Director Statement: I wrote this film two months after my father passed away back in 2019. It took me some time to actually film the story and bring it into fruition. I’m glad it’s finally here.
My father was a bit convoluted when he was alive. But beneath it all, he was a good man. I’ve discovered so much about him after he passed which in turn, gave me the chance to finally understand him as a human being.
This is my closure to that story.

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Under a Pagan Sky

One para synopsis: In a time when Western culture has lost its sense of transcendence, dramatic rituals celebrating the turning of the seasons, and the mysteries of sex, death and human existence, provide deeply meaningful experiences to Pagans in Australia. But there are great challenges inherent in practising this nature-based religion south of the equator. Australia is Aboriginal sacred country. It is a vast continent with distinctly different seasons and ecosystems to those of the Northern Hemisphere. In ‘Under a Pagan Sky’, Druids and Witches navigate these challenges to experience the sacredness of Mother Earth through community and ritual.

Cast:
Damh the Bard, Julie Brett, Mara Carter, Douglas Ezzy, Bilawara Lee, Lisa-Jane Mason, Tim OzPagan, Adrienne Piggott, Akira Prior, Kacey Stephensen, Caroline Tully

Director: Helen Browning
Genres: Documentary
Runtime: 57 minutes
Language: English

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Corpus Chaosum

Corpus Chaosum is a musical. A horror film. An experimental film. A trance film. A stupid film. A brilliant film. A film that lies. A film that tells the truth. Involving ideas culled from anxiety, depression, addiction, chaos magick, tarot, jewish mysticism, christian mysticism, catharism, process church of the final judgement, burroughs, jim jones, junk science etc. All music, lyrics and dancing by C Burtt. Starring Joseph Huffman. Shot on Digital Video. 76min. 2019

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Secrets of the Self-Help Illuminati

*Synopsis: SUPERFICIALLY: During COVID lockdown, In my attempt to understand the synchronicities between occult teachings and the New Age / self-help popularity explosion of the 20th century, I end up caught up in the paranoia that surrounds secret societies.

ILLUMINATI REALITY: This is a very dark statement of reality, and what happens (in a Lovecraftain version) when the average mind seeks to pierce the layers of the veil that clothes itself as “reality.” A mild curiosity quickly becomes an obsessive search for “Truth” (“the” truth beyond the version we are presented by polite, harmonious society) , revealing glitches in the matrix, or “oddities” that unravel sanity as one learns the inner workings of a global construct.

Human understanding cannot fathom the concepts developed over countless millennia by the cosmic mind, as it evolves and pits its various creations against each other in a fool’s quest for human immortality and omniscience. The human mind becomes saturated with arcane information from too many disparate sources, revealing patterns and themes. But the researcher is beset upon by conflicting versions of small truths as the nature of multi-dimensional “reality” comes into view.

The various power centers of religion, philosophy, and occult are child’s playthings that are in fact tools of nature to drive us forward for her own aims of immortality. Having created “life,” she seeks to escape the prison of this “one” floating rock ball to spread her seed beyond a backwater solar system doomed to finite life. Only by evolving *and* having her creations “be fruitful and multiply” across all time and space can nature avoid her own eventual destruction.

We are all merely players on a stage so grand we cannot imagine the scope of its entirety. At the moment of enlightenment a researcher’s mind snaps, and is ultimately confronted with blissful ignorance: the sanity of the “normal world” and its mundane dramas.

* Cast: Dusty White (researcher), Brianna Borgzinner (downstairs neighbor)

* Director: Dusty White

*Genres: Conspiracy, Occult, Dark comedy

* Runtime: 13:49

* Language: English

* Subtitles: English

* Director statement: There is no “one” illuminati. Obviously there are dozens, but ultimately they are all the unwitting puppets of the master Machiavellian marionettist.

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The Passion of Mary Magdalene

Synopsis : The film ‘The Passion of Mary Magdalene’ is a documentary-fiction on the biblical character of Mary Magdalene.
Director : Marc Bielli
Cast : Laura Ordaz Losavio – Jorge Diaz – Franck Partaud
Genres : Docufiction
Runtime : 95mn
Language : french
Subtitles : english

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NIGREDO

Synopsis: Bianca and Zeno are siblings. Both feel deeply dissatisfied with their lives, as if something had prevented them from maturing and becoming adults. Bianca is a failed painter, Zeno is a crime boss. Wealth and success were inherited from their father and nothing was built with their own hands. However, a series of inexplicable facts, bordering on the supernatural, will force them to take over the reins of their lives, while dragging them into a spiral of blood that will lead them to the brink of self-destruction.
Cast: Federico Gatti as “Zeno Palmieri”; Greta Tossani as “Bianca Palmieri”; Alberto Sette as “Il Chirurgo”; Antonio Anzilotti as “Michi”; Luca Cerri as “Cohiba”; Andrea Perotti as “Nadine”; Miriam Lopo as “Erica”.
Director: Simone Riccardi
Genres: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Runtime: 2 hours 3 minutes
Language: Italian
Subtitles: English

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Seven Levels Deep

Seven Levels Deep is a short movie that explores the possibilities of a therapy session going deeper than intended.

A visual depiction of a heroines journey through her own darkness. All the shadows are familiar, still threatening.

Is there a catharsis after the breaking point?

Director : Pina Brutal

Genre : Thriller

Runtime : 7 mins

Language : Eng

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The Great Work in 33 Steps

Directed by Robert L Pepper (Brooklyn, New York, USA)

A surreal, art film journey in learning the Tarot and the occult by making one’s own Tarot deck which blurs the distinction between reality and fiction. Starring Ariel Malachi Sirocco and Robert L. Pepper (Pas Musique). Music by Rapoon, Damien Olsen, Pas Musique.

Genres: Experimental, Arthouse, Esoteric, Occult

Runtime: 81 Minutes
Language: English

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‘Aqua Permanens’

Synopsis:
The video is a poetic and symbolic exploration around some concepts developed by the alchemical thought regarding the four elements (earth , water , air and fire ) and the quintessence.

Director:
Jonnathan Blake Pinto

Genere:
Experimental Film, VideoArt.

Languaje:
English

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Bacchae

Synopsis: In this surreal adaptation of a Greek tragedy, Pentheus, the king of Thebes, must defend his kingdom from the foreign cult of Dionysus. When Dionysus offers to show him the cult’s mysterious rites, Pentheus gives into temptation and takes up the offer. Red curtains, golden masks, crossdressing, and cannibalism are in store.

Key Cast: Cristobal Paulino, Ian Brownhill, Meredith Gosselin

Director: Noah Schachter

Genre: Fantasy

Runtime: 12 minutes

Language: English

Subtitles: No

Director statement: I’m interested in mythology because I believe it taps into primal, universal themes of the human experience. When I read Robin Robertson’s translation of “Bacchae” by Euripides, I saw it play out in my head, and I connected to it on a visceral level. “Bacchae” is as relevant now as it was then. It touches on themes of xenophobia, gender ambiguity, boundary breaking, subversion of tradition, and that classic Greek theme of hubris. As with with many my projects, I was compelled to infuse it with a campy giallo aesthetic.

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