WHAT THE #$*!
DO WE KNOW?!”
Captured Light Industries
Presents A Lord of the Wind Film
At last. A film for people who want to be challenged … who want to think … who want not only their emotions to be moved around, which any good movie will do … but also their very conception of the nature of reality. How much more potent can a film experience be?
This is a watershed film, made by three courageous filmmakers — Will Arntz, Betsy Chasse and Mark Vicente — who, in various combinations, financed, wrote (along with Matthew Hoffman), produced and directed it. Put bluntly, the film is a hybrid documentary about the confluence of leading-edge science — quantum physics, molecular biology, neurobiology, etc. — with spirituality. Not exactly predictable Hollywood fare.
As could be expected, the conventional wisdom in Hollywood was “No one will pay to see a movie about physics and spirituality.” Guess again. They’ve been lining up around the block wherever the movie is shown. For good reason ….
The film is a deftly woven, entertaining and enlightening tapestry of live-action drama, documentary interviews, and visionary animation. Academy Award-winner Marlee Matlin plays Amanda, an unhappy, self-loathing professional photographer. By “chance,” she meets nine-year-old Reggie (Robert Bailey, Jr.) who asks her “Just how far down the rabbit hole of mysteriousness do you want to go?”
Thus begins her Alice-in-Wonderland-like confrontation with the depths of her soul and the quirks of her psyche. Interlaced with her unfolding dissolution, transformation and rebirth are ongoing interviews with 14 top scientists and mystics. They relate our current understanding of the nature of the universe and our place in it.
All of this is fascinating, thought provoking, and illustrated with delightful animation from two houses in Canada and one in South Africa. Frosting on this cake is the music score by Christopher Franke, original member of Tangerine Dream.
Director of Photography, Mark Vicente, has captured with great beauty and clarity the humor, pathos — and essential aliveness — of the characters, the settings, and the awesome portent of this information. No wonder audiences leave the theater slowly, gathering in the lobby and outside to discuss what they’ve just seen.
For local show times, see www.whatthebleep.com or call (310) 652-7760.
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