Lighter, Or Darker

These are two Soul Biographies I made in response to and as openers for the first two conferences put on by the Hollywood Movement, the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment. Started by Jim Carrey, Eckhart Tolle and John Raatz. The first film addresses the recognition that media is powerful and questions the responsibility of those who produce what we so readily consume. The second film, a year or so on, addresses the subject of ‘Only a New Seed Will Yield a New Crop. New Entertainment and Media Values for a New World‘ (the conference title). The task was to wonder if the perspective had changed as dramatically as required, so I took the opportunity to ask a simple and dangerous question.

Each film gathers around a short poem I wrote whilst considering the challenges ahead. And importantly, each is brutally relevant to anyone who cares to watch with careful attention, not just those in Hollywood.

Lighter, or Darker

Each encounter holds the capacity to render us lighter.

Or to color the experience of our world darker.

Each encounter holds the capacity to engage
our sense of wonder.

Or to help us hide from noticing the
experience of being human.

Each encounter holds the capacity to
tell its story without expectation.

Or to force on the world an opinion
of how it must be.

Each encounter holds the capacity for
us to recognize our sameness.

Or to escape into the experience
of separateness.

And with each encounter comes a decision.

To make our world lighter.

Or darker.

For Whom Do I Act?

The force of one man’s cleverness
and ambition to succeed,
changed the world.

But in favor of one,
and not the other.

The strength of another man’s
vulnerable and
emerging soul,
transformed the world
with his every breath.

Leaving all mankind with
the possibility of
a single haunting

‘For whom do I act?’

For Whom Do I Act?