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  Spiritual film - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Spiritual film is a type of film in which metaphysical topics and stories about human potentiality are presented.
Mystical film is another related subcategory, in which paranormal and psychic phenomena are depicted with some realism at the possible expense of wide inspirational appeal, thus connecting with occult themes and horror films.
While a mystical horror film such as Poltergeist (1982) or The Frighteners (1996) might not be considered spiritually uplifting by general audiences, for a mystically interested audience the effort at paranormal depiction is itself inspiring and thus spiritually validating.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Spiritual_film   (348 words)

 Essays - "The Primitive Parameters of Spiritual Cinema"
However, their films manifest the essential transcendental qualities enumerated in the opening paragraph, deftly communicating in two dimensions with archetypal characters, most of whom, due to an imperturbable stoicism or inscrutability, are inaccessible to the viewer in any conventional sense.
Likewise, in Allié's film, voice-over is used to universalize the confusion and concern of its central character and de-stabilize the relationship of the disembodied voice to the narrative.
These films operate under an ultra-conservative awareness analogous to Andre Bazin's theory that "[p]erspective was the Original Sin of Western painting." [7] After the discovery and proliferation of the principle of perspective, the spiritual ambitions of painting, which had long since become embedded in the form, diminished in inverse proportion to increasing realism.
www.braintrustdv.com /essays/espiritu.html   (2311 words)

 Mystical Movies: INDIGO
Indigo is a film about loneliness, redemption, and the healing powers and grace of the new generation of Indigo (psychic and gifted) children being born into the world.
The dramatic core of the film is the relationship that develops between a man whose life and family have dissolved due to a fateful mistake and his 10 year-old granddaughter with whom he goes on the run to protect her from a would-be kidnapper.
With a focus on spirituality and film, he teaches several seminars and writes a nationally syndicated column called "The Movie Mystic." He is a graduate of UCLA and Loyola Law School and was admitted to the California Bar in 1974.
www.thescreamonline.com /film/film4-1/indigo.html   (1136 words)

 Devi Studios - Spiritual Cinema: Elements of an Emerging Genre
Spiritual Cinema is an excellent example of this and is a direct result of a movement in American society toward new-age spirituality, holistic health, quantum science, expanded definitions of self, and other discoveries.
Spiritual Cinema teaches that people are not their physical bodies, which arise and pass away in the blink of an eye, but something far vaster and infinite such as the intelligent consciousness that pervades the Universe.
This is a person or group of people who give spiritual guidance to the lead character, or seeker, as he or she progresses on the journey.
www.devistudios.com /spiritualcinema.htm   (2624 words)

 Spiritual Film Festival - Program   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Films will be screened both at the Sun Valley Lodge Opera House, in Sun Valley, and at the Liberty Theater, in Hailey.
Focusing on compassion and reconciliation, the tone of the film program is designed to compliment the Dalai Lama’s message of peace, which he will be bringing to the Sun Valley community, and the world, on September 11th.
Directed by the unusual Rinpoche/Film Director Khyentse Norbu, this film is intended to be screened on the afternoon after the Dalai Lama does his presentation to the children of Hailey.
www.spiritualfilmcenter.com /program.htm   (1122 words)

 The Godfather - Arts and Faith
In my opinion, just because a film focuses on moral aspects of the human condition doesn't necessarily mean the film is spiritual--even when the film treats these issues in ways that are compatible with religious concepts.
A film can use religious/spiritual motifs in a way to enhance the film, but that doesn't mean the film is spiritual.
Well, the way I have defined "spiritual" film is a film that has a higher power, a relationship to a higher power and/or over religious concepts at the heart of a film.
artsandfaith.com /index.php?showtopic=6455   (2851 words)

 Booking Stephen Simon - Spiritual Cinema Circle   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
To firmly establish Spiritual Cinema as a formidable force within the entertainment industry, Simon recently produced and directed the feature film "Indigo," which won the Coveted Audience Choice Award in its debut at the December, 2003 Santa Fe Film Festival and which is set for release in 2005.
After this event, audience members are encouraged to build "spiritual film communities" where a gathering for a continued connection happens on a monthly basis.
The Spiritual Cinema Circle is the pioneer in home entertainment distribution for the niche market of Spiritual Cinema, with an audience waiting to see spiritually-themed films that until now have gone virtually unappreciated and unseen.
www.spiritualcinemacircle.com /Public/BookingStephenSimon/index.cfm   (1134 words)

 'Brokeback Mountain'--Nominee for Best Spiritual Film 2005 -- Beliefnet.com
The genius of movies--from a spiritual perspective, at least--is that they have the potential to take us to the core of what we believe and challenge our presumptions, leading us into a beautiful place of spiritual reflection that is at once both safe and dangerous.
In film, as in all art, the clichéd rules of proper comportment are reversed, and it is last impressions, not first, that are indelible.
A great film is rendered incomparably greater by a superb, apropos ending; just think of the Rosebud revelation of "Citizen Kane," or “Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown,” from 1974's "Chinatown." "Brokeback Mountain," a film that builds from a dismayingly slow start to heights of transcendent beauty, possesses just such an ending (spoiler impending--sorry!).
www.beliefnet.com /story/184/story_18463_1.html   (928 words)

 Article: March 2004
So, when we started day one of the film, we had a detailed shot list for every single day of the film and a timeline of where we needed to be at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, at 5 o'clock in the afternoon.
The film then continues five years later when our Indigo child is now 10 years old, and she, through her own love and through her own understanding of humanity, is actually the catalyst for the forgiveness to begin.
As soon as I found out that she was from a Christian family, I was even more intent on having her in the film, because spirituality is a very, very broad umbrella, and it welcomes every kind of belief.
www.edgenews.com /issues/2004/03/simon.html   (3475 words)

 Spiritual Film Festival Official Site   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Showing films from different spiritual background, we are here to help our inner growth and understandings of each other.
SPIRITUAL FILM FESTIVAL is providing the platform for those filmmakers who have important spiritual messages to express.
Receiving so many feedbacks and recognitions from the world as we are the only festival focused on spirituality, we are delighted to give as much as exposure to the entry films.
www.filmfes.com   (338 words)

 Cinema of the Spirit - ParabolaFocusAward   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Through his films and his company, Mystic Fire Video, Sheldon Rochlin sought to promote the timeless teachings of spiritual leaders such as Joseph Campbell and the Dalai Lama, and artists such as John Cage and jazz pianist Cecil Taylor.
One of his best-known films, Sukhavati: Place of Bliss, a journey with Joseph Campbell into the world of mythical and personal symbology, was shown at the Cinema of the Spirit Festival at Saratoga Springs, New York in 2002.
It was while married to him that she began to use a camera, and in 1965 she filmed a documentary on Japanese meditation that was to launch her career as a filmmaker.
www.charityadvantage.com /cinemaofthespirit/ParabolaFocusAward.asp   (567 words)

 Decalogue "Spiritual"? - Arts and Faith
Certainly, the films are based on a text that is equally ethical and theological, and I think echoes of both notions inform the series on a pretty deep level.
The watcher character is a conspicuously mystical oddity in the films that may not be developed to a complex level, but certainly suggests some kind of presence aware of the human plight.
Helps me differentiate between films that are merely heady philosophical enquiries (which I don't necessarily find to have anything particularly spiritual about them) and films that are engaging with philosophical issues that somehow seem intimately bound up with Christian faith, religion, spirituality, whatever it's being called at the moment.
artsandfaith.com /index.php?showtopic=6127   (4691 words)

 Waking Life
The film we’re looking at this month is a classic example of stimulating that kind of polarized response and it is not surprising that it would be the work of David Lynch, one of the truly original American directors of the last couple of decades.
At the end of the film, it becomes evident (to me, at least) that the entirety of the experience has happened in the mind of the character of Betty in the actual instant of her death.
As I have received several emails requesting that I write a column about the film, I expect that many of you loved the film as much as I did and are thrilled to see it singled out.
www.themessenger.info /archive/Aug2002/StephenSimon.html   (1140 words)

 Buddhism - A Spiritual Journey   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The film presents many dramatic re-enactments of key events of Buddha’s life, visits important archeological sites associated with his life and displays the many artistic expressions connected with him and his philosophy, in the shape of paintings, sculptures, architecture and poetry.
The major focus of the film is however on Bodhgaya, the Mahabodhi Mahavihara (a world heritage site declared by UNESCO in 2002), the Bodhi Tree (the most sacred place for the Buddhists) and all other important locations around it, where the Buddha spent the all important 49 days i.e.
Dr Ram Swarup Singh, an eminent scholar on the subject matter of the film, and a member of the BMTC is the research adviser for this important film.
www.mahabodhifilm.com   (741 words)

 Jim's Reviews - Sebastiane
The film strikingly balances a cinéma vérité depiction of the everyday life of common soldiers, in a remote desert outpost of the Roman Empire, and a visionary exploration of one man's defiant growth in faith, even as it subtly questions the nature of that experience.
is seen as a straightforwardly spiritual film – and some people consider it so – then there are few other pictures which depict, in such profoundly real and moving terms, the slow but unshakeable process of one person embracing a faith fully, to the extent that he would sacrifice his life for its principles.
This is still one of the only films to present a world which is both credible and completely accepting of same-sex relationships; where sexual orientation is a non-issue.
jclarkmedia.com /jarman/jarman01sebastiane.html   (3170 words)

 Spiritual Movies,Spiritual Videos,Books,etc.
It also helps dispel the fantasy of many spiritual seekers that their death will be a serene moment in which they gracefull pass on while performing some spiritual practice which brings them enlightenment or other spiritual goodies.
I thought it would be spiritual, that we would talk about her life, about the two of us together.
I tried to make clear to her that the belief in the probablility of death with dignity is our, and society's, attempt to deal with the reality of what is all too frequently a series of destructive events that involve by their very nature the disintegration of the dying person's humanity.
www.spiritualteachers.org /moreinspiration.htm   (2570 words)

Keep in mind that emotion is NOT the same as spirituality, and neither is religion.
Was the dialogue in the film meaningful and profound?
Does the film have the effect of probing deep within you, like door after door is opening?
www.cinemaseekers.com /filmguide.html   (354 words)

 YogaJournal.Com: Faith in the Movies   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
What is new is the movement to categorize films as “spiritual” and to package the genre for message-starved baby boomers and New Age types.
The new champions of spiritual film strive to bring relatively unknown works—culled from film festivals and the bottomless pool of short-subject documentaries—into public view.
Spirituality is a path, and the way is often difficult; it is not simply a matter of following a yellow brick road.
www.yogajournal.com /views/1644.cfm   (912 words)

 Science & Theology News - Spiritual flicks, box-office hits   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Films are not chosen for their spiritual aspect, notes festival programming coordinator Beth Barrett, but “often that aspect is a major part of the story line.”
These films are important not because of any explicit religious theme, she said, but because they “deal with the human dilemma of striving to become community together, over and against our own penchant to destroy community.” This is what makes a film spiritual.
She said she hoped enthusiastic public response to the films highlighted at the event might lead to Hollywood recognition, but now recognizes this hope may be grandiose.
www.stnews.org /articles.php?article_id=1529&category=News   (1202 words)

 An article on spiritual film-maker G.V. Iyer's Hindu cinemas
It was in this film that the play of symbols, which had always been an important facet of Iyer's films, matured into a palpable trademark.
The entire film is taken out of its mythological setting and turned into a surreal journey through the awakening consciousness of man.
And with each film, he has given a bit more of wisdom to a world striving to understand the meaning of life.
www.lifepositive.com /mind/arts/cinema/films.asp   (551 words)

 Crosswalk.com - Research Shows 'Passion' Film's Spiritual Impact Falls Short
One of the most disappointing things the research revealed was the apparent lack of a direct evangelistic impact by the film.
And equally startling is how little impact the film had on people's determination to get more involved in evangelism.
Still, Barna believes it is significant that 13 million adults said they changed some aspect of their typical religious behavior because they saw Gibson's biblically-themed film, and about 11 million people had some pre-existing religious beliefs altered as a result of the experience.
www.crosswalk.com /news/religiontoday/1273995.html   (793 words)

 Rare New Book: ‘Spiritual Truths’ - Wins Hollywood Festival Finalist Award 2004
New York (PRWEB) February 6, 2005 -– 'Spiritual Truths', was awarded a certificate of achievement as a finalist in the 'Hollywood Spiritual Film and Entertainment Festival 2004', with significant competition over the period of the festival (March-September 2004).
This is an intense book that has taken the author one decade of spiritual experience and five years of writing, to put together.
Spiritual Truths draws from different religions and faith-healing systems and is not about any one school of thought or philosophy.
www.emediawire.com /releases/2005/2/emw205544.htm   (503 words)

 Filmmakers want to make the Rogue Valley a mecca for ... ‘Spiritual cinema’ - March 10, 2004
Led by Ashlander Stephen Simon, a producer of "Somewhere in Time" and "What Dreams May Come," the Ashland Spiritual Cinema Community is meeting with city and Chamber of Commerce officials to clear any obstacles for the movement, which shuns murders and car chases in favor of messages of beauty, love, forgiveness and hope.
The film festival would include new showings by independent spiritual film producers, create post-production resources and skilled workers and offer the support to work independent of big studios, said Simon.
This fall, Simon will shoot his second spiritual film here — "Conversations With God," based on the books of the same title by Walsch and portraying his life and self-discovery from homeless park-dweller to best-selling author.
www.mailtribune.com /archive/2004/0310/local/stories/05local.htm   (712 words)

 Spiritual Cinema Network :: Home
The Spiritual Cinema Circle, in conjunction with The Beloved Community, has developed a new paradigm for film distribution through joining forces with conscious organizations.
This network has been created as a way to gather like-minded individuals around the world who want to experience films that not only entertain but inspire us to be better human beings.
The Spiritual Cinema Network provides opportunities for organizations to join a co-creative movement focused on increasing the presence of spirituality in films.
www.spiritualcinemanetwork.com   (184 words)

 Buddhist Channel | Bodhi Wood | Spiritual Film Festival debuts in Hailey
Festival founders Mary Gervase and Claudio Ruben are booking several noteworthy films that will be shown concurrently with the Dalai Lama's visit, from Friday, Sept. 9 through Monday, Sept. 12, at the Liberty Theatre in and the Community Campus theater, both in Hailey.
The wish list of films that will be screened includes "The Cup" by Indian director Khyentse Norbu, which takes place in a monastery during the World Cup soccer finals.
The other films are "Discovering Buddhism," a series of 13 short documentaries, the Canadian film "Words of My Perfect Teachers," Australian film "On the Road Home," the 1972 movie "Siddhartha," "Ethics for the New Millenium," featuring the Dalai Lama, and the Tibetan film "Cry of the Snow Lion."
www.buddhistchannel.tv /index.php?id=12,1385,0,0,1,0   (257 words)

 God on Film - Second Annual New York City Film Festival   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
New York City’s first and only spiritual film festival, The God on Film Festival screened over 25 spiritually themed shorts and documentaries by some of the best up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world.
A variety of genres were screened, from films like Emelia, a quirky animation about a five-year-old goth girl and the world as seen through her eyes to Headhunter, a dark comedy about a man seemingly at odds with his career choice.
The God on Film Festival is designed to provide filmmakers from around the world with the opportunity to showcase their talents and reward them for excellence in exploration of spiritual themes.
www.godonfilm.com /2005winners.html   (387 words)

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