ILLUMINATE 2016 Lineup

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The C Word
Southwest Premiere

Thursday, Jun 2, 12:00 pm
Friday, Jun 3, 10:45 am
Mary D. Fisher Theatre
SPAC Black Box


The C Word, directed by Meghan O'Hara – Cancer is no laughing matter – but the archaic way we are battling it is. Executive produced and narrated by Morgan Freeman, this film explores hidden science, the absurdity of the status quo, and introduces a vibrant cast of characters changing the cancer game.

Producer Pascaline Servan-Schreiber will be in attendance

Best of Conscious Shorts

Friday, Jun 3, 10:15 am
Sunday, Jun 5, 6:00 pm
Mary D. Fisher Theatre
SPAC Black Box


Today I Acknowledge
Arizona Premiere

Strangers on the street are asked to pause from their busy lives to acknowledge each other with what happens next. A Q&A with director Jessica Hahner follows.

Forgotten Ritual
U.S. Premiere

Mirjam Hlastan explores our relationship with technology and modern society's incessant need to be "plugged in." Have we lost the most important connection to others and ourselves by plugging in and checking out?

Holistic Life Foundation: Breathing Love Into A Community
Southwest Premiere

Resolute by their own survival, three guys return to their childhood neighborhood to revitalize the community and foster hope in the youth through yoga, mindfulness techniques, and so much more... A Q&A with director Chris Farina follows.


The Avadhut
World Premiere

After three years of relentless mourning, a mother happens upon a stranger's memorial on a winter walk. The message transforms her grief and liberates her heart. A Q&A with director Fenulla Jiwani and producer Rahim Hirji follows.

Orange Sunshine
Arizona Premiere

Friday, Jun 3, 4:15 pm Mary D. Fisher Theatre

Orange Sunshine, directed by William A. Kirkley – During the early 1960's, a group of family, friends, and surfers formed a church centered around psychedelics. For The Brotherhood of Eternal Love, the mission was to enlighten the world, and the law was but a mere interference.

PANEL DISCUSSION: A discussion on ethics and psychedelics follows.

Icaros: A Vision
Southwest Premiere

Saturday, Jun 4, 1:15 pm Mary D. Fisher Theatre

Icaros: A Vision, directed by Leonor Caraballo and Matteo Norzi - A film shaped like a shamanic journey utilizing the unique qualities of plant medicine, steeped in a psychoactive brew exploring fear and destiny in the jungle of the mind and the Amazon.

A Q&A with director Matteo Norzi following Icaros: A Vision. A Q&A with director Sande Zeig, executive producer Sandra Morse and Sister Judy Bisignano follows the short

Preceded by:  
Sister Jaguar's Journey | USA | 2015 | 20 minutes • Documentary Short

The Highest Pass
Cinema Revisited

Saturday, Jun 4, 1:15 pm SPAC Black Box

The Highest Pass, directed by Jon Fitzgerald – Seven motorcycle riders share the journey of a lifetime along some of the most dangerous roads in the world, guided by a modern yogi and guru.

A Q&A with writer/producer Adam Schomer follows.

Vegan: Everyday Stories
World Premiere

Saturday, Jun 4, 4:00 pm Mary D. Fisher Theatre

Vegan: Everyday Stories, directed by Glenn Scott Lacey – Explore the lives of four remarkably different people who share a common thread – they're all vegan. Follow an ultramarthon runner, a cattle rancher's wife and an 8 year-old girl through their profound transformations. Featuring interviews with Moby, Russell Simmons and Ed Begley Jr.

A Q&A with filmmakers Glenn Scott Lacey, Eric Day and Ian Stout, along with cast members Genesis Butler, Genelle Palacio-Butler and Renee King-Sonnen, follows.

A New High
Sedona Premiere

Sunday, Jun 5, 10:30 am SPAC Black Box

A New High, directed by Samuel Miron and Stephen Scott Scarpulla - Everyone defines their mountain. For the residents of a Seattle homeless shelter, it's homelessness, addiction, abuse.... and the 14,400-foot Mt Rainier.