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Awakened Film Festival Synopsis


The mission of the Awakened World International Film Festival Retreat’s is to “express the voice of the spiritually nature movement.” To this end, the 18 inspirational films shown throughout the week include: People vs. the State of Illusion, Dying to […]

Film Review: Song of the New Earth

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Film Review: Song of the New Earth In this unique and surprisingly cinematic feature-length documentary, sound healer and brain researcher Tom Kenyon tells the story of being asked if he will sing the song of the new earth. Thankfully, for all […]

Pump Film Review

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Directed by Joshua Tickell and Rebecca Harrell Tickell Reviewed by Karen Hemry The movie Pump may provide just the motivation for me to convert my car to an electric or Flex Fuel model in the near future.  The documentary points out that, […]

Opening Night at Awareness Film Festival

Opening Night Awareness Film Festival 2014

The 10-day Awareness Film Festival  opened not with a bang but with the type of awareness befitting a longtime meditator or Zen master on Thursday, September 11. The two feature films screened that night at the beautiful Bridges Theater on […]

Film Review: Awake-The Life of Yogananda


Counterpoint Films  LA Theatrical Release: October 17 Awake: The Life of Yogananda is a feature-length documentary about Swami Paramahansa Yogananda, the iconic Indian saint and teacher known for Autobiography of a Yogi. Through first-person narrative, powerful reenactments, archival footage, colorful […]

Film Review: Yoga Maya

Yoga Maya

The new documentary Yoga Maya offers an in-depth exploration into the many facets of yoga. One of the meanings of the word “maya” is delusion. The purpose of this film is to dissolve many of the myths and misunderstandings of […]

Film Review: We All Should be “Fed Up”


Fed Up Directed by Stephanie Soechtig Reviewed by Karen Henry Katie Couric was impressed enough with her talk show guest Stephanie Soechtig, the director of the documentary Tapped, that she asked Soechtig to direct a passion project for her. The epidemic […]

2014 SXSW Film Festival


The annual SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, represents a microcosm of the contemporary entertainment industry, and 2014 was no exception. Filmmakers, tech startups (“interactive”), musicians, and fans of each, all converged in Austin during the University of Texas’ spring break. […]

Cheering Indies at the Oscars


  In the days when studio films boast mega budgets and mega concepts, independent films are left to carry story-driven and character-driven films that don’t reek of Hollywood and excess. Yet, this year there is much to cheer about in […]

Sundance 2014 Wrap Up

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by Karen Henry Although the Sundance Film Festival ends each year just five weeks before the Academy Awards, the independent film festival is, nevertheless, a harbinger of Oscar nominations a full year later. This week, LA YOGA Magazine will share […]

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