Echos of Enlightenment
WHY MAKE THIS FILM? 'George C. Wolfe said that theatre is people sitting in the dark watching people in the light talking about what it means to be human... [it brings] something into their lives that they cannot create on their own by virtue of what they have shut off...it gives us a feeling of being alive.' 'The path to ecstasy begins with awareness of the breath.... The breath becomes something wonderful to you, something that's always at hand to remind you that you are indeed in the moment... and the moment is rich.' 'What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lives within us. And when we bring what lives within us into the world, miracles happen.' Henry David Thoreau. 'You will soon witness a miracle.' Fortune cookie. I wanted to make Echos of Enlightenment because I want to bring the gift of 'ecstasy' into peoples' lives. I was tired of the idiotic pablum that passes for motion picture entertainment, where before the credits are over you already know the entire plot and how the film will end. These films are so fantastic that they no have no bearing on the everyday lives that we must lead. I became increasing irritated by the lack of motion picture entertainment that was challenging, as well as entertaining. I wanted to make a movie that I wanted to see, something that would raise the hair on my neck with wonder as when I saw Bergman's The Seventh Seal; Kubrick's 2001, A Clockwork Orange; Lindsay Anderson's If; Chaplin's The Gold Rush; and, Wells' Citizen Kane for the first time. Also, when I was 14, I was very sick -- standing 5'11' tall -- I weighed only 69lbs and was given hours to live, and while this has some bearing on my film, it also gives you a window to my soul. Consequently, it should not surprise you when I tell you that I have always been captivated by the human ability to turn darkness into light. Sometimes this comes about through great sacrifice, other times it's as easy as chopping wood and carrying water. In making this film, I wanted to explore our transcendent ability, that allows us, even in the most bleak and dark moments, the ability to create miracles, there is always hope, and what lives within us is inexorably entwined with the entirety of the universe, thus making our existence and potential worthy of remark.
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