Milton’s Secret has been officially selected into the Madrid International Film Festival that takes place July 08-15, 2017. The Madrid International Film Festival is an English speaking film festival held in the capital of Spain and is one of the greatest festival in the world to help filmmakers meet and network with established industry professionals, screen their films and attend the world famous international awards ceremony.
In 2014, the festival was joined by legendary actress Alice Krige Hollywood actor Daniel Baldwin and two Bollywood superstars Sandip Soparrkar and Jess Randhawa. Over the years the festival, this unique festival has provided a real platform for filmmakers to meet, network, and do business during the festival week.
Madrid is Spain’s central capital and is a city of elegant boulevards and expanse, manicured parks such as Buen Buen Retiro. It’s renowned for its rich repositories of European art, including the Prado Museum’s works by Goya, Velázquez and other Spanish masters. The heart of old Hapsburg Madrid is the portico-lined Plaza Mayor, and nearby is the baroque Royal Palace and Armoury, displaying historic weaponry.
Is 13 Year Old Max Loughan The Next Science Genius?
Max Loughan is an inspiring young man with a big vision. “As cheesy as this sounds, from day one on this planet, I knew I was put here for a reason. And that reason is to invent and to bring the future.”
“My true goal is to help. It is to invent a future where people can be happy, where they can be safe and sound.”
This unusual 13 year old has invented a free Tesla inspired energy device, using a coffee tin, spoon and some wire, which he says cost him 15 bucks.
His eloquent theories on God, the universe, the Bible, and physics, are sure to touch your heart and mind.
TEDx Max Loughan
Max Loughan poses a simple yet profound question in his TEDx talk, “What happens if we try and create the future rather than it just magically coming to us?” At our school we strive to create a new generation of creators rather than consumers. As you will see Max is already well on his way.
Inspired by the geniuses Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein, teenager Max Loughan loves to invent things!
Drama. What is drama anyway? In the language of entertainment, drama is conflict. It’s what happens when one character’s set of hot-button adrenaline charged themes, beliefs or values comes into direct opposition with somebody else’s tightly held and equally charged themes, beliefs or agendas.
The primary ‘player’ in dramas is the one with a position to protect. That is usually the ego. The ego always tries to protect its noble opinion of itself, its role as ‘opinionator in chief.’
I’ve been wondering why we tend to remember big dramas more often than the pleasant stories, and I think this is just as true in life as it is in the movies. Pleasant stories get a bad rap. How often do we hear the words ‘chick flick’, or ‘soft’, or ‘family story’ used as an unconscious put down? In fact, we can easily become addicted to our hot button charged dramas. Conflict dumps cortisol, adrenaline, and other chemicals into the blood stream.
So why do we tend to obsess on drama, focusing less attention on the flowing, pleasant experiences of life, those devoid of rife and conflict? If this question rings true for you, and it’s a situation you’d like to change, here is a helpful technique.
WRITE OUT one or two dramas from your past. Look for the distressing stuff, things you find yourself remembering obsessively over and over again even though the incident may be water under the bridge. Maybe there is a theme that’s tended to repeat itself with other players and situations over the years. Once I had an old business relationship that came to an end after some unpleasant drama. Years later I was still reviewing it over and over in my thoughts. At last I understood I was hooked on the ego rush of righteousness and nobility.
The next step is to write down an inventory of your pleasant experiences. You may find yourself recalling memories you’d almost forgotten. Take note of how it feels to remember them. Finally each time you catch yourself replaying or being caught up in drama, make a conscious choice to revisit and respect the pleasant, beautiful experiences of your life.
Barnet Bain is a Canadian film-maker, author and educator. Select film credits include Milton’s Secret (director, writer), Oscar-winner What Dreams May Come (producer), Emmy-Award nominee, Outstanding TV Movie, Homeless to Harvard (executive producer), and The Celestine Prophecy (writer, producer).
From time to time I am asked what makes a conscious or spiritual movie? I would love to hear from anyone who can offer an answer. Until then I hope this will do. For all of us learning to practice conscious living, do movies reveal a clue?
Here then, some clues to transformation I found in the dark.
From ACTION HEROES I get what it means to live every moment as if it is my last. To be engaged, involved and committed to a cause. To participate with honor. And the importance of get-up-and-go.
LOVE STORIES unfold in enchanted pockets of gracious giving and receiving. They foster my compassion for the loss and hurts of others; physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Very different from opportunism and entitlement. They tease open my heart and mind.
SPACE OPERAS AND SCI-FI help me see past the world of form. Beneath the veneer of every alien civilization and dimension await shared universal tests. How do I make a difference? What maps do I make to ease the way for myself and others? To be More. Live more. Stretch more. Forgive more. And what am I prepared to move beyond (or leave behind) to access the Force within. To go boldly into the unknown.
Director Barnet Bain is truly an inspiring individual! In the image above, is a quote from his book, “The Book of Doing and Being: Only through creative acts can we rise above our conditioning”, and Barnet hard at work.
From DRAMA I connect with the feelings of others. How do I deal with my own relationships: my spouse, children, friends, boss, colleagues? With myself? Higher Self? God/Goddess/All That Is? When I can recognize myself in another person it increases my response-ability.
COMEDIES always force me to wonder why I take myself so seriously. Funny movies remind me to laugh. To find humor in the frantic dance I do for love without remembering I am loved all along. To shrug off my mistakes, and lighten up.
HORROR MOVIES AND WAR FILMS have lots to reveal about what is dark in me as well as what is light. Often pointing to judgments or emotions that are not fully conscious, or that I deny altogether. Movies that arouse strong feelings of antipathy are a sure sign of resistances, fears, and blockages to love that persist below the waterline of my awareness. What I resist persists.