WHAT TO WATCH – LISTEN TO – AND WHY
– JANUARY 2020 ISSUE –
Happiest of holidays to you and yours! Besides celebrating love, loved ones and the highest ideals of humanity, one of my favorite activities this time of year is to catch-up on my film viewing – both in theatres and at home. This newsletter is for those of you who share our passion for elevating entertainment by providing two different lists of recommendations. The first list is made up of my 10 must-see conscious films of 2019. (There were so many great ones this year it was tough to whittle down the list to just 10.) The second list was created by our friend and colleague Mark Allan Kaplan, Founder of the Integral Cinema Project. Mark’s list includes examples of films that illustrate the different stages of consciousness. For those of you who would like to offer your own favorite conscious films or comment on any on these lists, we invite you to join us on Conscious Good’s Creators Network to share.
May you enjoy health, happiness and higher consciousness in 2020!
With love and blessings,
Ten Conscious Films From 2019 You Need to Watch in 2020
by Trina Wyatt
As the Founding Director of the Tribeca Film Festival, former Head of Content for GAIAMTV (Gaia), and now Founder and CEO of Conscious Good, I’ve always been on the pulse of consciousness elevating entertainment.
This includes getting to watch thousands of hours annually of some the best shorts and features designed to impact us in a bigger way than your average Hollywood blockbuster. Knowing that time is our most precious resource, I’d like to save you (the conscious media viewer) from having to sift through everything that 2019 had to offer by sharing a list of 10 of my favorite 2019 films you need to watch in 2020.
From deep spiritual messages, to unconventional yet profound journeys, to eye-opening documentaries here’s what really stood out to me in what was a truly great year for conscious cinema (in no particular order):
Starring the incredibly talented Cynthia Erivo (Genius, Broad City), Harriet takes the viewer through Harriet Tubman’s incredible escape from slavery, as well as her heroic efforts to assist others in doing the same. Whether or not you are familiar with Harriet Tubman’s prolific role in our history books, the film is beautifully shot and in my opinion does a wonderful job at shining an even brighter and justified light on the incredible woman that she was.
WHERE TO WATCH IT: Currently playing in select theaters, pre-order it on Amazon.
2. The Biggest Little Farm
Directed by Emmy Award Winner John Chester (Super Soul Shorts), The Biggest Little Farm follows the story of John and Molly’s move to a 200 acre farm outside of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and has since gone on to win several audience and critic awards at festivals worldwide. Whether or not you’ve ever considered or currently live away from a populous city, The Biggest Little Farm offers a unique perspective on alternative living.
WHERE TO WATCH IT: Buy or rent it on Amazon.
“Inception” and the Evolution of Consciousness
by Mark Allan Kaplan
Most people understand how media can induce states of consciousness like joy, sadness, and various altered states. But what most people don’t realize is that all these fluctuating states manifest differently in each person depending on their level of development. Every parent understands that children evolve through various stages of development, but many of us don’t realize this developmental process continues into adulthood. These stages of development we evolve through are referred to as structures of consciousness. These are well-defined and can be thought of as our center of gravity, or our perceptual operating system. Unlike emotions and other states of consciousness, our structure of consciousness is relatively stable, though it can evolve over time.
The structures and their evolutionary processes can be represented cinematically in a number of ways. Inception (2010), which is this month’s Conscious Movie-of-the-Month, depicts them in the multiple levels of the dreamworld. After you read this article, watch the movie again to see if you can pick up on how director Christopher Nolan concretized these structures.
Mark Allan Kaplan, Ph.D. is a media psychologist, transdisciplinary artist, independent award-winning filmmaker and the pre-eminent theorist and practitioner of the application of Integral Theory to the cinematic arts. Mark has conducted seminal research in conscious, Integral, transpersonal, transformative, and transdisciplinary approaches to art, film, video, multimedia, gaming and immersive technologies at Interval Research Corporation, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and as founder and lead researcher of the Integral Cinema Project. Mark received Integral Institute’s 2008 Integral Life Award in recognition of his continuing groundbreaking research and has been named one of the TransTech200 key innovators who are driving the advancement of media and technologies for personal growth and transformation.
The Integral Cinema Project is an independent research, production and educational initiative that uses Integral Theory to hack the moving image in all its evolving forms — from movies and television to AR, VR and beyond – in order to unleash their untapped transformative powers and help catalyze the evolution of individual and collective consciousness. We aim to storify and gamify the stages of human development with the goal to uplift humanity at scale.