ILLUMINATE 2017 Lineup

Early bird ticket & packages available May 9


ILLUMINATE Launch Party and Outdoor Movie - FREE
Screening of The Rebound
Sedona Premiere
Wednesday, May 31, 6:30 pm The Collective Sedona

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.


This night we embark together on our collective journey to higher consciousness. Don't miss it!


Free and open to the community
Food and beverages for sale
Complimentary reception for Badgeholders, 6:30 - 8:00 pm


Launch Party sponsored by: The Collective Sedona


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 victory while confronting obstacles on and off the court. The story is a visceral portrait of the athlete's journey to realize dreams while facing life's biggest challenges.

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


Walk With Me
Arizona Premiere
Thursday, June 1, 9:30 am
Saturday, June 3, 10:00 am
Mary D. Fisher Theatre
Mary D. Fisher Theatre

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
Thursday, June 1, 12:00 pm
Friday, June 2, 1:00 pm
Mary D. Fisher Theatre
Mary D. Fisher Theatre

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 follows.

Becoming Supernatural
Luminary Living Room Series with Dr. Joe Dispenza
Thursday, June 1, 2:30 pm SPAC Black Box

In interaction with the loving intelligence of the unified field - healing happens - on every level. 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, learn/gain insight, understand, be inspired, and connect with this wondrous field/force 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


Joe Dispenza - New York Times bestselling author, researcher, chiropractor and lecturer. Dr. Dispenza has taught neuroscience and human potential to thousands of people around the world. He empowers you with the knowledge and tools to eliminate destructive and everyday habits so that you can reach your vision and goals. His creative approach bridges the gap between neuroscience and true human potential. He explains how you can literally rewire your brain to create a new mind and produce new results in your life.

Best of Conscious Shorts
Thursday, June 1, 3:00 pm Mary D. Fisher Theatre

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 cast member 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.

Opening Night
World Premiere
Thursday, June 1, 6:00 pm SPAC Main Theater

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.

A Q&A with director/producer Kelly Noonan, producer Adam Schomer and cast members Dr. Joe Dispenza and Dr. Jeffrey Thompson.

The Girl from the Song
US Premiere
Thursday, June 1, 9:00 pm
Friday, June 2, 4:00 pm
Mary D. Fisher Theatre
Mary D. Fisher Theatre

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

Shadows of Paradise
Southwest Premiere
Friday, June 2, 10:00 am Mary D. Fisher Theatre

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
Friday, June 2, 10:15 am SPAC Black Box

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
Friday, June 2, 12:45 pm SPAC Main Stage

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
Friday, June 2, 1:00 pm SPAC Black Box

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 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.

A Q&A with director Michael Galinksy follows.

Intuitive Filmmaking: Walking The Camino Case Study
Conscious Film Convergence
Friday, June 2, 2:30 pm SPAC Main Stage

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
Friday, June 2, 4:00 pm SPAC Main Stage

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
Friday, June 2, 4:15 pm SPAC Black Box

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
Friday, June 2, 6:45 pm SPAC Main Theater

This 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, cast member C.C. White 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
Saturday, June 3, 10:00 am SPAC Black Box

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
Saturday, June 3, 1:00 pm SPAC Black Box

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.

A Q&A with director Mickey Lemle follows.

World Premiere
Saturday, June 3, 1:00 pm Mary D. Fisher Theatre

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.

A Q&A with director Markus Mooslechner follows.

Big Brands, Big Money, Conscious Content
Conscious Film Convergence
Saturday, June 3, 1:30 pm SPAC Main Stage

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
Saturday, June 3, 3:15 pm SPAC Main Stage

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
Saturday, June 3, 3:30 pm SPAC Black Box

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 Swami Who Started It All
World Premiere
Saturday, June 3, 3:45 pm Mary D. Fisher Theatre

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

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
Saturday, June 3, 6:45 pm SPAC Main Theater

"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
Sunday, June 4, 10:00 am Mary D. Fisher Theatre

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.

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

The Man Who Built Peace
World Premiere
Sunday, June 4, 10:30 am SPAC Black Box

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 cast member Jay Stinnett follows.

Awakening the Power of Evolutionary Love
Luminary Living Room Series with Barbara Marx Hubbard
Sunday, June 4, 1:00 pm SPAC - classroom

This intimate discussion 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
Sunday, June 4, 1:00 pm Mary D. Fisher Theatre

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.

What the Health
Sedona Premiere
Sunday, June 4, 1:00 pm SPAC Black Box

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 follows.

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World
Closing Screening
Southwest Premiere
Sunday, June 4, 3:15 pm SPAC Main Theater

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
Sunday, June 4, 6:15 pm Mary D. Fisher Theatre

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.