An encounter with an old man and the sea.
Friends, let me say up front, I have not wrestled with severe depression. I have been on the periphery of many who have, and many who continue to struggle. I’ve recognized that much of the discussion around depression amounts to this: let’s talk about it. Let’s beckon it from the shadows. Let us set theContinue reading »
We are makers You and I Life entrusted Us With hands Fingers Hearts To clasp in prayer To clench in grief To craft towards beauty. Careful now – In our making We end life Or ensure its continuity A fragile finite cycle A spiral. – Posted to Facebook, July 30
A love letter to the Temple Guardians of Burning Man.
Rumi says: “Today I wake up empty and frightened.” Sunlight streams through the curtains, the roar of engines in the distance, while footsteps of the tenants above gather towards their day. I’m weary with the promise that it all might mean something. Doubt whispers in my ear. “Don’t go to the door of the studyContinue reading »
Death is just the particulars of my story. It’s not actually the story.
LAST FEBRUARY I was invited to the city of Yellowknife to shoot the Northern Lights aka Aurora Borealis. “The ends of the land and sea are bounded by an immense abyss, over which a narrow and dangerous pathway leads to the heavenly regions. The sky is a great dome of hard material arched over theContinue reading »
I sit in the aftermath of five days on Stephen Jenkinson’s farm, awash in awe and longing.
The relentless pursuit of self reliance and self improvement is rooted in our lost connection to common stories, homeland and ancestors that bind and unite us. The times now demand that we recognize the world’s suffering in our own.
We’ll be exploring what it means to live authentically in today’s world while facing the sixth great extinction. How can we trigger an acausal process of change and work more collaboratively at larger levels of scale?
INDIEGOGO INVITED ME to participate in their Google Hangout series, offering advice and strategy on all aspects of running a successful campaign. I do not use the term “crowdfunding expert” as the platform has only been around 5 years, but I do believe I’ve gleaned enough from numerous projects & workshops to offer some helpfulContinue reading »
AMPLIFY HER is a potent exploration of the role of women artistry within this new cultural scene.
The O World Project reached out for an interview on the state of the world, understanding the role of consciousness, how to provoke change, and a number of other important topics. I appreciated this interview for the space and time to go into a depth seldom offered in other shorter clips. About O World: TheContinue reading »
Many know the Guy Fawkes mask from the hacker group Anonymous, or the protests on Occupy Wall St. How does the face of a 17th century revolutionary end up as the most recognizable symbol of protest in the 21st?
Ecstasy and grief at the end of an era.
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 »