We are noticing that so much of what we see in TV and movies right now still harkens back to old paradigms:
“You must be married.”—referring to a glum look on a colleague’s face.
“They talk like they’ve been married for years!!”—implying that bickering is the inevitable outcome of marriage.
“You don’t share everything in a relationship, you hold back something, everybody does.”
We’d love to create a context where filmmakers explore the possibilities of joyous long-term relationships, marked by appreciation, creativity, wonder and respect, instead of the usual blame and criticism escalating into adrenaline (fear interactions), which most people think is normal.
What would it be like to explore the foundational opening created by being real with each other, being open to authenticity and to hearing what is really going on? What if we saw partners liking and enjoying each other, having fun together?
We can’t wait to see what you come up with this year.
We are delighted to sponsor this festival through our non-profit Foundation For Conscious Living. We are especially pleased that Stephen Simon and Anna Darrah have again joined us as co-directors of the festival. Stephen and Anna have achieved worldwide recognition for their work with The Spiritual Cinema Circle, which has brought attention to the films of more than 600 independent filmmakers since its debut in 2004. With their leadership, we hope to inspire the filmmaker community to explore the always-fascinating world of relationships.