REACTOR is a short film that aims to uncover how and why we can let go of old stories, and move towards personal and social awakening by bringing to light our interconnectedness and showing us that our actions matter.
Kicking off 6-days of fantastic events for this year’s Living the New Economy in Vancouver, is a dynamic-duo keynote from Vancouver’s own new paradigm filmmaker Ian MacKenzie (Occupy Love, Sacred Economics, Reactor, One Week Job) and visionary placemaker and permaculturist Mark Lakeman (founder of City Repair, Portland). This is the evening that will set theContinue reading »
THE CATASTROPHE at Fukushima presents the opportunity to re-evaluate basic assumptions about energy and technology but the temptation to double down on business as usual becomes incredibly strong. Will our species obtain a paradigm shift in the face of an energy emergency? Could we create new models for business that regenerate ecological functions rather thanContinue reading »
Director: Rohaan Daroo Additional Shooter: Ian MacKenzie Music: ‘Golden Halo’ by Naad Jeffrey Armstrong /Kavindra Rishi has studied Vedic knowledge for over forty years and has explored the depths of many of the greatest teachings of India. He is a westerner who has been selected by Hindu leaders throughout the world to act as aContinue reading »
Directors: Daniel Northcott & Mikki Willis Additional Camera & Crowdfunding Strategist: Ian MacKenzie SYNOPSIS: Daniel was an aspiring filmmaker that filmed his travels through 42 countries intending to make a movie about the world’s interconnectedness from the Cellular level of life to the Universal. After 8 years of filming Daniel became terminally ill and diedContinue reading »
Director: Michael Tension Producer: Nicole Sorochan DOP: Bill Weaver Additional shooter: Ian MacKenzie The Issue: Suicide is the #1 cause of non-accidental death among Canadian youth Two young adults die every day in Canada to suicide. 1,000,000 Canadian youth and young people will consider suicide as the answer this year. Let’s Do Something: We haveContinue reading »
IN THE SUMMER of 2011 I spent 24 hours locked in a small room in my apartment. I was participating in a solidarity fast with detained hikers Shane and Josh.
Is our collective trajectory doomed to ever-increasing scarcity and uncertainty? Or our these converging crises a call to reinvent our society from the ground up?
What a revolutionary proposition to realize that your heartbrokenness turns out to be the key to your willingness to remember what it takes to be a human being.
IN NOV 2012, I was invited by a friend who works with spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen to interview him during a visit to Vancouver. Intrigued, I accepted the invite. Aside from being a longtime teacher and founder of EnlightenNext magazine, I had heard somewhat of the controversy surrounding Andrew. There have been allegations of manipulationContinue reading »
THIS YEAR will mark my 5th visit to Black Rock City aka home to the audacious and irreverent Burning Man festival, held every year in Nevada. Every since I arrived as a virgin back in 2009, the playa has forever marked its dusty footprint on my heart. I have prophesied about the partipants. I haveContinue reading »
Director: Velcrow Ripper Co-producers: Ian MacKenzie & Nova Ami SYNOPSIS: Join acclaimed director Velcrow Ripper (Scared Sacred, Fierce Light) on a journey deep inside the revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet, as he asks the question, “How could the crisis we are facing become a love story?” Occupy Love explores theContinue reading »
IN APRIL 2012, I had the pleasure of sitting down with spiritual teacher Thomas Hübl. The interview was prompted by the post I wrote (We Come From the Future) which was inspired after hearing a previous interview that was posted online. From his website: Thomas Hübl is a contemporary spiritual teacher. He respresents an uncompromisingContinue reading »
Director: Ian MacKenzie Creative Consultant: Robin Esrock Shooter/editor: The Werehaus Harnessing the power of the Matador Network, the world’s largest independent travel community, BREAKING FREE explores the lives of real-life Americans who have dared to live their dreams.
ONE OF THE most common questions I get asked at my crowdfunding workshops is “can I do a crowdfunding campaign if I’m not famous and/or already have a huge audience?” The short answer: yes. The longer answer: everything tends to be easier when you already have an audience of people interested in what you’re doing.Continue reading »
WHAT IF you watched the last colours of dusk seep out of the atmosphere, leaving you silently in your own stillness? What if, beneath your modern certainty that life will go on without your participation, the sun didn’t rise again in the morning? What if the Old Man decided he’d had enough – enough ofContinue reading »
Everyone is concerned about economics and right relationship to money, it sits at the center of our personal lives and our culture. All we have to do is look around us at the economic crisis to know that the old systems are collapsing. But what are the new ones that are coming in. On thisContinue reading »
“Here it is. Here’s what Danny wanted so badly to return.” I’m shooting an interview at the home of Myke Chutter, a biologist who could pass for Robert Redford’s younger cousin. He’s clad in jeans and a vest in the drizzly Pacific Northwest afternoon, standing outside his backyard shed. In his weathered palm, he’s gingerlyContinue reading »
WE MADE IT through the ordained Apocalypse. And to paraphrase Hafiz “All of life is clapping.” We decided to stay. We persuaded the world to show up for another day. Lest you feel it inappropriate to suggest that all of existence rests on you, we’ve tried the opposite – pretending that life will go onContinue reading »
Via posting in Adbusters: Michael Stone is a psychotherapist, yoga teacher, Buddhist teacher, author and activist, committed to the integration of traditional teachings with contemporary psychological and philosophical understanding. His research and teaching explore the intersection of committed spiritual practice and social action. The following talk was recorded at W2 Media Cafe on Dec 2,Continue reading »
“[Crowfunding] is not great at building the tribe, but leveraging the tribe.” – Seth Godin CLEARLY, 2012 is the year of the Apocalypse. Running a close second, you might consider this to be the year crowdfunding finally reached a tipping point. It was only 4 years ago that both Kickstarter and Indiegogo opened their virtualContinue reading »
AFTER A WEEKEND in Vancouver, Michael Stone must be tired. But you wouldn’t know it judging the amount of insight he offers consistently via yoga workshops, dharma talks, and film screenings. Thankfully, we’re great at collaborating and spreading the goods for the people who couldn’t attend. First off, here’s his dharma talk given Nov 30,Continue reading »
I CANNOT understate the importance of your crowdfunding pitch video. In a media saturated world, where everyone from marketers, to politicians, and now your friends clamour for your attention, our focus has become a finite resource. What’s more, the web has whittled our attention spans to barely more than goldfish. From the moment a strangerContinue reading »
I OFTEN THINK of the question “why is there something and not nothing?” It feels like the primordial question that arises from consciousness itself. To be aware that you are aware ultimately returns you to the why. There are many ways to chase the Something. Drink, psychedelics, intense meditation. Our personal and collective addiction toContinue reading »
FINALLY had the time to sit and complete my footage from Maui last year. The visit was part escape from the Vancouver rain, and part shoot (which is how all of my travel is these days). For montage style shorts, I find the hard part is choosing the music. When I found the Coldplay ParadiseContinue reading »