Mr Askew I Believe You Might Be An Itinerant Confessor

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in News, Soul of America

Last Summer I spent a week on an Island in British Colombia with a gang of unacceptable thinkers. Unacceptable to the status quo that is. During dinner one evening RUPERT SHELDRAKE, the renowned and unacceptable Biologist, stopped the conversation at the table with these few words ‘Mr Askew, I believe you might be an itinerant confessor.’

I’m off to Tucson tomorrow on the first leg of the search for the SOUL OF AMERICA. Perhaps Rupert was right. Perhaps my role is as an itinerant confessor. To the inner voice of a Nation. Witnessed and caught on film for all to see.

Twelve Years a Film Maker

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in News

Twelve Years ago today I picked up the camera for the first time. With no idea why, how or in service of what. But knowing is knowing. Its experience is far beyond wanting or believing …

Guitar for the Soul of America

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in Audio, Guitar, Soul of America
Guitar for the Soul of America

I imagine that this search for the Soul of America and the many and diverse inner voices I shall share with you through film will require me to record many more original guitar pieces. This does not appear to be a hardship …

The American Voice We Ignore

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017 in News, Soul of America
The American Voice We Ignore

I recently heard an intelligent radio program. About the divide in America and what might be done to bring the Nation together. You know the type of considered program. Intelligent views from a number of ‘sides’. But they were views. They were opinions. They absorbed the mind in extravagant possibility. But views and opinions shall never recognize their opposites. They shall never resolve conflict. At best they might agree to live alongside each other. To tolerate …

A First Step into the Soul of America

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in News, Soul of America

Tuscon, next week. I am thinking that this is one of my more unhinged ideas. I have made the decision to capture the Soul of America on film.

I have an idea that to find the Soul of anything one needs to get utterly lost. To simply start somewhere, and take each step as it appears. And so I have picked a random City in which to start. Somewhere I have never been, somewhere where I know close to no-one …

Towards the Sun

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Poetry

Each fraudulent step
through a life
he had never
once desired …

Might the Conflict Series have been a Forerunner to the Soul of America

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Films, Soul of America

It was pointed out by more than one viewer that the new SOUL OF AMERICA Project had a forerunner. Or so they said – the Klamath Human Conflict Series I made a few years ago. In some sense, those viewers may have a point. Here is the trailer for that Series. It should give you a sense of the tone of voice …

This I Believe

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Behind the Film, Observations, Words

If we were to truly see each other from behind the folly of our own opinion, we might remember that we each belong without exception.

The Soul of America Nationwide Tour is Coming to Tucson Arizona

Posted by on Apr 3, 2017 in Events, News, Soul of America

The Soul of America Nationwide Tour is coming to Tucson, Arizona.

26-30 April 2017.

More details to come …

How to Embed a Soul Biography on Your Social Media

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Films, News

For those who feel brave enough to want to post a Soul Biography Film on their social media accounts and have it play directly there (FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc). Here are the simple instructions … Simply find the film on my VIMEO Account and take the film specific URL then paste that into your post, and Hey Presto the player embeds in the post. Feel free to introduce with your own words.

A Kinder America

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Films, Soul of America
A Kinder America

In the search for the Soul of America I know the voice that will point us there has a very particular tone. Such tone comes from a place beyond the opinion of right and wrong. From presence without need to convince.

Michael spoke with such a tone. This fragment is a piece in an extraordinary puzzle …

This is What I Do

I am not entirely certain why I am able to do this but I am certain that this is what I do.

I have the capacity to see people deeply. And I am able to elicit and capture on film the experience of inner worlds. It seems important because this is where truth lies. And with truth comes clarity. And with clarity comes vast possibility. This is what I do. For the courageous, its application is far reaching.

Surrender. Which is Different to Giving Up

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Poetry, Words

Surrender.
Which is
different
to giving up.
That’s it.
Surrender.

Let Me Introduce You to the Moon

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Poetry

Let me introduce you
to the moon.

She sits up there
in skies afar …

This is How an Organization Could Shoot Video

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in News, Organizations, Soul of Business

Video shot for websites in explanation of an organization’s work in the world is most often so obvious. So obviously selling you on an idea, if not something more concrete. So obviously disconnected.

When one understands the mechanics of authenticity on film, one can set out to bring life to important work without letting oneself down. Without the disability of in-congruence.

I’m in Germany next week doing just this. Defining the arc of an organization’s work and what message will help its true understanding. Then filming over the week for just that, amongst the under current of human presence. It is an art worth knowing. It will bring in the audience that previously couldn’t see, couldn’t connect, on account of the confines of so many inadequate words.

This will be a full and glorious week of immersion, connected people and creativity in film. A true exploration and discovery in service to a grand purpose.

If these few words define your challenge in some fashion, we should speak.

In This Time of Chaos

Posted by on Feb 19, 2017 in Poetry

In this time of visceral chaos
what if this were the
last time I were to see you.

Might the possibility of
words left unsaid
haunt the rest of my days.

The Search for the Soul of America Has Taken a First Step

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in News, Soul of America
The Search for the Soul of America Has Taken a First Step

This transformational journey of sheer exploration is just getting underway. I have a distinct notion of where and how to look, but exploration is exploration. It has to suspend all believe and opinion, then venture down blind alleys and around darkened corners in order to find truth …

For Inauguration Day. The Black Mist

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017 in Poetry, Soul of America

As the people railed against
the most obvious acts of
dark spoken violence,

they missed the black mist
that encircled the world …

Guitar to Which You Might Dream

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Audio, Guitar, Images

Guitar to which you might dream. The image I took on the edge of last winter.

Us and Wrong

Posted by on Dec 18, 2016 in Words

‘… we’re most probably asking the wrong questions, and searching in all the wrong places.’

What to Expect on a Soul Biographies Experience Retreat

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Events, News, Soul Biographies Experience

I am running an Intro Call entitled ‘What to Expect on a Soul Biographies Experience Retreat’. To give a sense of our time together, and how it might help you. All question answered.

Tuesday 27th December 2016. 8pm UK Time, 2pm US Central. For 30 minutes.

Here are the details …

North, East, South and West

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Poetry

Four friends set out
from where
they stood.

One went North.

One East.

Another South.

The last one, West.

Each in search of …

Two Fools in a Mirror

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Poetry, Words

We won’t have peace until we can
both agree,’ said the two fools
on either side of an argument …

Elections, Wrongs and Rights

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Words

I imagine the US Election to have held a mirror up to an entire Nation, if not to an entire world. But a reflection takes steadfastness to recognize, and courage to admit …

This is Important. This Might Be Us.

Posted by on Oct 9, 2016 in News, Words

As I wander this world, I experience a depth and openness in people. A way of being together. But I’m struck by the most common of responses to such experience. An isolating juxtaposition. It is painful, often admitted and it is lonely. It goes something like this …