ILLUMINATE 2017 Lineup


ILLUMINATE Launch Party and Outdoor Movie - FREE
Screening of The Rebound
Sedona Premiere

This event will take place - RAIN OR SHINE!

The storytelling magic begins under a starlit Sedona sky.


Bring a blanket or lawn chair and we'll supply the fun! Enjoy a spectacular night's entertainment under the stars at The Collective Sedona. There's lots to explore here: Indulge in healthy food from our favorite local eateries, check out the cool shops then sit back and be dazzled by performers extraordinaire – Dark Sky Aerial and "Guitar Alchemist", Scott Huckabay. Watch as aerial artists unleash their gravity-defying, creative and reflective midair moves and listen to the rhythmic patterns and electrifying acoustics of Huckabay's guitar. His original music and intricate fusion of rock, folk and blues will rock your world!


Just as the stars come out, so too will the screening of The Rebound.  The Rebound follows the underdog journey of the Miami Heat Wheels, a wheelchair basketball team, in the quest for a national title. Three adaptive athletes rally their team to fight for the championship while confronting obstacles on and off the court. The story is a visceral portrait of the athletes' journey to face life's biggest challenges and realize their dreams.

Launch Party sponsored by: The Collective Sedona

A Q&A with cast member Mario Moran to precede the film.


Pre-Fest Quests: Aumbase Adventures

Enjoy a unique, on-the-land vortex experience with Sedona's premier adventure company, Aumbase. On your Aumbase Adventure, you'll experience the full depth of what Sedona has to offer, surrounded by the incredible natural landscape. Immerse yourself pre-festival... yoga, meditation and vortexes in the energetic and magical Red Rocks of Sedona.

Quests and Departure Times:
Sugarloaf Summit, Adventure Hike, 7:00 am
Cathedral Rock, Meditation in the Vortex, 7:30 am

Walk With Me
Arizona Premiere

Be transported into a state of meditation as you watch this transformative film. Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, this is a cinematic journey into the world of mindfulness and the Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. The film goes deep inside the Plum Village Monastery where devotees have given up all their possessions and signed up to a life of chastity for one common purpose — to transform their suffering and practice the art of mindfulness with the world-famous teacher.

The Golden Age
US Premiere

Subversive pop star Maya O'Malley inspired this tour de force musical. After a string of incendiary remarks in the press, Maya gets dropped from his music label, and sets out on a spiritual pilgrimage to immerse himself in the vast teachings of Hindu mythology. Set against a dreamy backdrop of his compelling songs, the film reveals Maya's tumultuous journey towards spiritual redemption.

A Q&A with director Justin Connor and sound mixer Derek Vanderhorst follows.

Becoming Supernatural
Luminary Living Room Series with Dr. Joe Dispenza

A walking example of a miracle amongst us, Dr. Joe Dispenza has dedicated his life to demystifying the mystical and sharing his discoveries with the world. Come and explore, gain insight, understand, be inspired, and connect with the wondrous unified field of energy where the impossible becomes possible and ordinary becomes extraordinary. Understand the complexities of miracles and this most incomprehensible force in a fun, dynamic, accessible way.


Dr. Dispenza will be here IN PERSON for an intimate, small group presentation, discussion and interaction workshop for this event.

Best of Conscious Shorts

Blind Vaysha
Sedona Premiere
Director: Theodore Ushev * Short
Canada *2016* 8 minutes


In this Oscar-nominated animated short, Vaysha is not like other young girls. She was born with one green eye and one brown eye. But her odd eyes aren't the only thing that's special about her gaze. Her left eye sees only the past while her right sees only the future, and so she is unable to live in the present. The film incorporates music from Bulgarian musician and composer Kottarashky.


Finding Buddha
Southwest Premiere
Director: Zilong Liu * Short
China, USA *2016* 30 minutes


In this short romantic drama, we follow an American "average Joe" as he leaves his life behind to head to a Chinese monastery to "find Buddha" before his 45th birthday. Along the way, he befriends his young tour guide, who seems just as lost as he is. They set off on another kind of adventure to find inner peace.


The Invisible World
Sedona Premiere
Director: Jen Fineran * Short
USA *2015* 14 minutes


Searching the spiritual realm for undiscovered images, a dogged artist travels to an otherworldly dimension filled with angels and demons as he embarks on a mystical transformation. The Invisible World follows the painter Mark Weiss through nearly 40 years of mystical, often painful visions, and the 10,000 scrapes, strokes, and mistakes needed to capture a single work.


A Q&A with director Jen Fineran and artist Mark Weiss follows.


Southwest Premiere
Director: Linda Booker * Short
USA *2017* 32 minutes


Used once and tossed, billions of plastic straws wind up in landfills and streets finding their way to oceans. A viral video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw in its nose has now sparked anti-straw campaigns globally. Actor/Director Tim Robbins narrates this compelling documentary with marine researchers, citizen activists, and business owners discussing how it's possible to make a sea of change, one straw at a time.

World Premiere

HEAL follows three people on actual high-stakes healing journeys to find out what works and why. We are taken on a scientific and spiritual journey by Dr. Michael Beckwith, Marianne Williamson, Dr. Joseph Dispenza, Deepak Chopra, Anita Moorjani, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Anthony William the "Medical Medium", Gregg Braden and several others. Discover how changing one's perceptions can help the body heal itself from any disease.

For more information regarding where and how you can view HEAL, follow HEAL at their official website:

The Girl from the Song
North American Premiere

The Girl from the Song is a frenetic and surprising love story packed with adventure, dreams, risk, and all the music and magic that permeates one of the most special events in the world: Burning Man, the world's most experimental gathering.

FRIDAY, June 2

Pre-Fest Quests: Camino De Sedona

"When you do the Camino, the mask disappears and you transform into yourself." - Ana Maria, hospitalera in Walking the Camino

Since the ninth century, millions of world travelers have embarked on the Camino de Santiago, an epic 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain known to be profoundly enlightening and spiritually nourishing. Learn the what, when and how of the Camino from filmmaker Lydia Smith (Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago), then head out on our very own Camino amidst Sedona's shady creekside paths and breathtaking red rock vistas.

Shadows of Paradise
Southwest Premiere

This film documents the Transcendental Meditation (TM) Movement with intimate access to two of TM's leaders — iconic filmmaker David Lynch and dedicated disciple Bobby Roth. The film documents the movement's metamorphosis following the death of founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Having grown up within TM, Director Sebastian Lange approaches his subject through an introspective lens, seeking to reconcile the present-day incarnation with the teachings and practices that have shaped his worldview.

A Q&A and meditation with Bob Roth follows.

City of Joy
Sedona Premiere

What would it be like to live in a place often referred to as the "the worst place in the world to be a woman"? This film follows the first class of students at a remarkable leadership center in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. In this ultimately uplifting film, we witness tremendous resilience as these women transform their devastation into powerful forms of leadership. The film features Eve Ensler of The Vagina Monologues who helped build the City of Joy.

Keynote by Louie Schwartzberg
Catalyzing Positive Change In Trying Times
Conscious Film Convergence

Director, time-lapse pioneer and TED Talk sensation Louie Schwartzberg creates art based on evoking "wonder, awe and gratitude." His recent works include the 3D IMAX film, Mysteries of the Unseen World, narrated by Forest Whitaker, the documentary Wings of Life, narrated by Meryl Streep, and a series of shorts "Gratitude Revealed", launched on Drawing from personal experience, Louie offers timely insight into how filmmakers can respond to world events and use film to create the shift in consciousness needed to foster unity and connectedness.

All the Rage (saved by Sarno)
Southwest Premiere

Called the "best doctor you've never heard of" by Forbes Magazine, Dr. John E. Sarno has pioneered a successful mind-body approach to treating chronic pain. He has cured thousands of patients including Larry David and Howard Stern and sold hundreds of thousands of books. This documentary profiles this back pain and rehabilitation specialist, presenting treatment information that could help millions of people suffering with chronic pain. Featuring Sen. Bernie Sanders, Prince Ea, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Gabor Mate and many more.

A Q&A with director Michael Galinksy and Dr. David Clarke follows.

Intuitive Filmmaking: Walking The Camino Case Study
Conscious Film Convergence

How can the intention of creating the greatest good deliver tangible results in film fundraising, directing, promotion and distribution? When making her award-winning, theatrical hit documentary, Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago, filmmaker Lydia B. Smith put into practice spiritual learnings that paved the way to a $1.6 million theatrical gross worldwide. Join us for her remarkable journey.

Storytelling For Conscious Impact
Conscious Film Convergence

How can filmmakers address conscious themes in a way that engages mainstream audiences? Sandra de Castro Buffington, Founding Director of UCLA's Global Media Center for Social Impact joins Academy Award winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost, Jacob's Ladder, The Time Traveler's Wife) and Jean Gressier, co-director and screenwriter of Hare Krishna! to discuss how to craft stories that communicate deeper messages to mainstream audiences and how to measure their influence.

The Vervet Forest
Arizona Premiere

This compelling documentary tells the story of five orphaned monkeys rescued by the Vervet Monkey Foundation in South Africa, shedding light on the human activity that destroyed their habitat. The film follows the monkeys' arrival as infants and follows their growth into intelligent juveniles who are eventually adopted by foster mother monkeys and integrated into troops in the wild. The film explores how understanding the connection between ourselves and our environment can inspire positive action.

A Q&A with director Kyle Salazar follows.

MANTRA - Sounds into Silence
World Premiere

This full-length feature documentary about the practice of Kirtan chanting, or Bhakti Yoga, shares the stories of people who are experiencing healing and inner peace by singing mantras together. Through encounters with a variety of leaders of the practice in the West, we discover how performers Deva Premal & Miten, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Snatam Kaur and MC Yogi came to embrace the practice of Kirtan, and how, over the years, it transformed their lives.

A Q&A with director Georgia Wyss, executive producer Howard Glasser, artist C.C. White Soul Kirtan and Jen Canfield from the Call and Response Foundation follows.

Preceded by:  
Yoga in Sedona | USA | 2016 | 9 min • Documentary Short


Magic Pills
World Premiere

After being framed by the media, filmmaker and homeopath Ananda More crisscrosses the world to meet with scientists, practitioners, and patients to learn whether homeopathy is science-based or is an elaborate placebo that cons millions and endangers lives.

A Q&A with director Ananda More and cast member Mr. Tapas Raha follows.

The Last Dalai Lama?
Southwest Premiere

Director Mickey Lemle (Ram Dass Fierce Grace) brings to the big screen a very powerful and intimate portrait of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Lemle filmed extensively with the Dalai Lama with an intimacy only made possible by their 30-year relationship.

World Premiere

As artificial intelligence rapidly blurs the boundaries between man and machine, we face an astonishing question: are we witnessing the rise of a new human species? SuperSapiens enters a new millennial world where the concept of a collective consciousness created through technology is widely embraced. It foreshadows the end of Homo sapiens and heralds the rise of the mind, bringing with it the birth of a species, Super sapiens.

Q&A with director Markus Mooslechner follows.

Big Brands, Big Money, Conscious Content
Conscious Film Convergence

Brands like Intel, Samsung and Dove are aligning with media makers and creative agencies to engage audiences and use their influence for social good. Moderator Nancy Trent, President of Trent & Company, speaks about these exciting new trends in financing and marketing with Billie Goldman, Global Campaign Manager at Intel and Henry Arlander of the award-winning agency Pereira & O'Dell.

Distribution Evolution: Exploring Models For Success
Conscious Film Convergence

Digital distribution has thrown traditional release strategies out the window. Hear from distribution experts about the new models they are using to find success through DIY, hybrid, and all rights distribution. Joining us are Elizabeth Sheldon, COO, Bond/360; Mark Urman, CEO, Paladin; and Jim Browne, President, Argot Pictures.

Lane 1974
Arizona Premiere

Based on a true story, Lane is a teenager raised by a single hippie mother in the 1970s. That counterculture was formed by young adults escaping the constraints of their parents' social conformity. But what about their offspring, often raised outside of child-rearing conventions and without any viable alternatives? This beautiful affecting drama captures the pathos of growing up subject to the whims of free-spirited grownups who themselves could use some adult supervision.

Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All
World Premiere

Hare Krishna! is a documentary on the life of Srila Prabhupada, the 70-year-old Indian Swami who arrives in America without support or money in the turbulent 1960s. Suddenly thrust into the raging counterculture, he speaks of the world's real need – a revolution in consciousness. This captures the attention of a generation of youth seeking answers and ignites a worldwide spiritual phenomenon, now known as the Hare Krishna movement.

A Q&A with director John Griesser, co-director Jean Griesser, and co-director Lauren Ross follows.

American Visionary: The Story of Barbara Marx Hubbard
Conscious Visionary Tribute Award: Barbara Marx Hubbard
World Premiere

"How can we navigate through our global crises and blossom into a future that is equal to our human potential?" asks Barbara Marx Hubbard, known as the mother of conscious evolution. Hubbard believes humanity is on the brink of radical advancement. Authors Jack Canfield, Neale Donald Walsch and more than forty fellow visionaries join Hubbard in this film as they examine what a positive future might look like and how we could get there.

A Q&A with director Karen Everett and cast member Barbara Marx Hubbard follows.

SUNDAY, June 4

Global Spirit: Earth Wisdom For A World In Crisis
World Premiere

Woven through compelling portraits of indigenous leaders, "Earth Wisdom" follows the Lakota Sioux's non-violent resistance at Standing Rock Reservation. Through the unique prism of indigenous cosmologies and native perspectives from all continents, this film weaves a vivid contrast between the bureaucratic, slow-moving "recognition" of indigenous peoples by the United Nations, and the political immediacy of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest movement. This series is hosted by Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Santana.

A Q&A with director Stephen Olsson and producer Lorraine Hess follows.

The Man Who Built Peace
World Premiere

This film captures the life and legacy of a man you may have never heard of, who changed the world. Following an experience of personal suffering and transformation, Frank Buchman's course was set to pass that on to the world and helped shape the course of history. Watch how Frank helped unite the bitterest enemies of World War II and discover how to apply this yourself in today's politically charged climate.

A Q&A with director/producer Imad Karam, producer Kelly Burks and cast member Jay Stinnett follows.

Awakening the Power of Evolutionary Love
Luminary Living Room Series with Barbara Marx Hubbard

This intimate discussion with Barbara in person will reveal and activate the expression of the universal impulse of evolution within us as our passion to create. This expanded passion is now awakening in us, en masse, as the Universe literally needs an awakening people to work together for an awakening world. The experience will invite us to join together for the greatest movement the world has ever seen: The Awakening of Evolutionary Eros en masse!

Arizona Premiere

Lucky follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off-the-map desert town. Having outlived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self-exploration leading toward that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. At once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton, who plays Lucky, the film is also a meditation on mortality, loneliness, spirituality and human connection. Starring Ed Bigley Jr, David Lynch, and Ron Livingston.

What the Health
Sedona Premiere

What is the largest health cover-up of our time, and why don't the nation's leading health organizations want us to know about it? The film follows filmmaker Kip Andersen (Cowspiracy) as he uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic diseases. With the help of medical doctors, researchers, and consumer advocates, Anderson exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing us trillions of healthcare dollars — and keeping us sick.

A Q&A with director Keegan Kuhn and Co-Executive Producer Sailesh Rao follows.

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World
Southwest Premiere

This is the story of a profound, and until now, missing chapter in the history of American music: the Native American influence. This deeply insightful film reveals how some of our most treasured artists — Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and others — found their inspiration in ancient, native melodies and infused them with a desire to protest.

Followed by Alvin Youngblood Hart music performance.

Finding Light In Dark Hours
Luminary Living Room Series with James Twyman
Cinema Revisited

Through film clips, song and onstage conversation, celebrated filmmaker, author, musician and peace troubadour James Twyman (The Moses Code) shares insight on finding light in life's dark times. We can move the needle as we consciously direct prayers of peace to a world in crisis.

A Q&A with James Twyman follows.