The Land of the Enlightened

The Land of the Enlightened won a World Cinema special jury award for best cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival. The history of Afghanistan has been punctuated by a succession of invasions from the era of Genghis Khan right up until the present day. The occupation by American and coalition forces beginning in 2001 has [...]

By | March 2nd, 2016|Film|0 Comments

Embrace of the Serpent

Embrace of the Serpent was the recipient of the 2016 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the recent Sundance Film Festival. As Colombia’s submission for the Best Foreign Language film Oscar, The Embrace of the Serpent surprised awards-watchers when it secured one of only five nominations for the award in January. Ciro Guerra’s third [...]

By | March 2nd, 2016|Film|0 Comments

ILLUMINATE Film Festival shines light on conscious filmmaking

Focus on Film: Trends in conscious filmmaking with Danette Wolpert, Executive Director of ILLUMINATE Film Festival   What trends do you see in film today? Aside from lots of superheroes, Alicia Vikander being Hollywood’s new “It” girl (seven films in one year, including Ex Machina and The Danish Girl), and the abundance of dinosaurs (Jurassic World, The [...]

By | January 26th, 2016|Film|0 Comments

Bleeding Heart film review

Jessica Biel stars in Diane Bell's latest film Bleeding Heart. Written and directed by Diane Bell. It’s refreshing to have the practice of yoga featured prominently in the storyline of a film. Pitting the peacefulness of yoga against violence and greed, the film Bleeding Heart asks: How far will a good-hearted yogi go to defend [...]

By | December 3rd, 2015|Film|0 Comments

India’s Daughter Film Review

  Reflections on a Film with a Powerful Story to Tell By Elissa Harris Actor Sean Penn introduced the film India’s Daughter at the screening I attended. He likened watching the provocative film to getting an MRI: an uncomfortable but sometimes necessary diagnostic technique. British filmmaker Leslee Udwin decided to make India’s Daughter while watching [...]

By | November 6th, 2015|Film|0 Comments

Heart of a Dog Film Review

Realized by Laurie Anderson As America’s best-known experimental performance artist, Laurie Anderson has made her mark in many forms of media: multimedia stage performances, seven books, multiple studio albums and soundtracks, visual art museum installations. And, yes, filmmaking. Laurie’s meditative nonfiction film, Heart of a Dog, is an impressionistic musing on love, life, and death reinforced by evocative [...]

By | October 26th, 2015|Film|0 Comments

Film Review: A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story

  The insidious crime of cyberbullying is becoming ever more pervasive in our current digital age; studies show that more than half of adolescents today actually engage in bullying or have themselves been victims. Public shaming is practically becoming a sport, and students can be harassed not only in the schoolyard but online 24/7, with [...]

By | September 22nd, 2015|Film|0 Comments

Swami Kriyananda spiritual biography The Answer

'The Answer': Seeking Truth at the Awareness Film Festival 'The Answer' will play at The Awareness Film Festival on Sept. 20 at 12 p.m. It’s been an inspiring and awakening week for many at the Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles. The festival opened September 10 and has drawn hundreds to see powerful [...]

By | September 19th, 2015|Film|0 Comments

Director Sam Slovick talks about his film Radicalize

LA YOGA Magazine talks with Sam Slovick, Director of the film Radicalize, opening in Los Angeles on September 18. Interview by Felicia Tomasko   LA YOGA: Where did the initial call come from to direct the documentary Radicalize and follow the group of people catalyzing the Occupy Movement? Sam Slovick: I was working as a [...]

By | September 17th, 2015|Film|0 Comments

The Prophet – Film Review

  Roger Allers celebrates the human spirit in his animated feature film, Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. Some of my all-time favorite films are animated features.  A new film has been added to my list. One of literature’s most beloved works (it has sold more than 100 million copies in 40 languages), Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, has [...]

By | August 5th, 2015|Film|0 Comments