#Crowdfunding – Financial Freedom Once & For All

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The Spiritual Workout is an intensive course committed to solving the chronic financial struggle with massive amounts of higher consciousness. The talented team which includes the producer Steven Morrison, director John Burke, PRO Delilah De La Rosa are planning on making a video documentary that will show us how to change and how we think about financial stress and struggle.

The film plans to cover 40 people in the timespan of 21 weeks and changing the way they think using the following 15 concepts, collectively known as Spiritual Workout®

It is a practice that solves problems by using these universally spiritual concepts:

  •    Be Compassionate
  •    Beliefs Matter
  •    Be Present
  •    Choices Abound
  •    Everything Is Energy
  •    Have An Attitude of Gratitude
  •    Intentions Matter
  •    Judgments Separate Us
  •    Listen to Inspiration
  •    Mind and Body Are Connected
  •    Take Responsibility
  •    The Law of Attraction Is Always On
  •    We Are All Connected
  •    We Are Here for a Reason
  •    We Belong to the Planet, Not the Planet to Us

If we search on the Internet, there is no shortage of “abundance” information out there for people who are struggling financially. But how to actually apply them in our day-to-day lives? How can we make them work towards achieving our goals? The film will show us how…

The audience for this film is massive and mainstream due to the universal experience of financial hardship. The topics covered in the film will definitely help people who are in a bad financial condition and also the people who are doing well for themselves but wish to create a better society. The film aims to teach the people who struggle financially to create financial freedom for themselves. And more importantly how one can keep hope in the time of financial struggle.

The project plans to find answers to the following questions:

  • How easy or difficult will it be for people to change their perspectives?
  • Where are the blocks and how do we eliminate them?
  • What is/isn’t common to all of us who engage this process?
  • What impact will the support of community have on the unfolding?
  • With whom will we/won’t we connect and relate?
  • What will happen to the relationships of people in the cohort?
  • How many others will learn as a result of watching the finished documentary?

The first phase of crowdfunding is still on which plans to secure a San Francisco/Bay Area location, design a set, hire a crew, recruit our cohort of 40 participants, and shoot the first four to six weeks of the documentary. They have set a target of $43,500 and there are multiple perks to choose from. The perks include – getting your name in the list of Special Thanks in the film credits, ways to learn more about Spiritual Workout, as well as opportunities to peek behind-the-scenes.

We are on the verge to flip the calendar and emerge ourselves into a new year. We are surrounded by resolutions and all of us would like to learn some great techniques to do better financially. And there can be no better alternative than this!

So be a part of this groundbreaking and inspiring documentary and visit the Financial Freedom Once & For All campaign site here, where you can become eligible to receive great perks from the creators of this documentary.

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#Gone Girl – David Fincher

I love you, but I hate you. I miss you, but I am better off without you. I want you out of my life but I can never actually let you go.

No matter how cheesy it sounds when spoken out of context. But if you’ve seen Gone Girl, you would know how David Fincher would interpret this same line in his film.

On the morning of their fifth anniversary, Nick Dunne’s (Ben Affleck) beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike) disappears from their rented house in North Carthage, Missouri. Nick reports her disappearance to the police and the investigators find something quite unusual in this case. All the evidences point straight towards Nick and when the media learns about it, the protagonist goes through a lot of chaos. Gone Girl is about a husband, finding his loving wife. At least that’s what they want us to know for starters.

Gone Girl is based on the Global Bestseller (same name) by Gillian Flynn. And in a recent article I read, it says it is closely based on the novel. I usually like to watch a film and then read the novel contrary to the usual way of going about it. And I hope the novel is as good as the film.

Spoilers Ahead

When Amy finds out that Nick is cheating on her, she believes that Nick has to pay the ultimate price for it. Amy believes that Nick “murdered” the perfect wife Amy always was and he should get the death penalty for it. So she designs a treasure hunt for him and the police as an anniversary gift, giving clues for the cops to believe that Nick murdered his wife. Nick on the other hand, plans to separate from his wife. He wants her to be gone from his life. That’s Amy’s gift for him. She is gone. But not the way Nick expected her to go. No. That way Nick wins. Amy can’t let Nick win. That’s Gone Girl for you.

In Fincher’s hands, you can expect the things to go wild. You can easily presume some rude awakenings from time to time. And most importantly, he can lead you into believing something till the very end and then squash all of your expectations into pulp and reveal something strange. There is this thing about how David Fincher crafts his stories. I’ve seen most of his films which are considered as classics by many – Se7en, Fight Club, The Social Network to name a few. And now we have Gone Girl. There is something gloomy in all of these films, so meticulously put together that you simply cannot help but enjoy.

What makes the film so interesting? I feel it has something to do with the twisted characters it brings forward. Ben Affleck had a pretty straightforward role to play. But Rosamund Pike’s character shines in the film. She makes you fall in love with her and she scares you too! Just like Nick Dunne, you keep thinking what is on her mind, all the time.

Whenever I watch any film with a missing person who leaves nothing behind but a set of unanswered questions, raises a doubt – whether that person actually existed? Especially when I am watching a film made by the person behind Fight Club. But I feel the success of the film lies in the twisted character of Amy that reveals itself somewhere in the middle. And the story doesn’t really stick with Nick (the protagonist). Sometimes it revolves around Amy, sometimes around Nick telling the audience the story of a couple rather than two individuals. And it does it really well.

The word often used to describe this film is “shocking”. For me I think I always expected Amy to be alive and the mastermind behind all this action. What was truly shocking for me that even after going through all this frenzy, the couple decides to come together and live their life “normally” as if nothing is wrong. That is the fulcrum of the whole film. Whether Amy decides to go back to Nick, or no and whether Nick is ready to accept Amy after what she has put him through, or no. And they take a decision, they resume their lives together, knowing it wouldn’t really be the same but with a clear idea of what the other person wants.

Some critics consider the film to be misogynist. I have to agree that it is about a man and how he perceives a woman. But I have definitely seen films which are more “one-sided” than this one. In fact after watching this film, I appreciate the importance of a conversation in a relationship much more than ever before. And I believe that it takes two bad drivers for an accident.

The person who loves you the most, has the power to destroy you. Marriages are very brittle. And by marrying someone, you pass on that ultimate power to a stranger. In the film, both the strangers destroy one another but in different ways. Gone Girl is about a husband, finding the girl he loved. And he finds his wife. But the love part is still missing. The girl he loved is forever, gone.

#Predestination – The Spierig Brothers

Predestination documents the life of a Temporal Agent (Ethan Hawke). His primary mission is to stop a serial bomber named Fizzle bomber, by going back in time. It appears that the criminal has managed to dodge the Agent from time to time with great ease. And that results in greater frustration and some strange obsession in his work.

Suspense builds up as soon as the film opens, with a clash of the Agent and the Bomber. And the film manages to tighten its grip as it progresses. The Agent, masquerading as a bartender in the 1970s meets Jane who calls herself the Unmarried Mother (Sarah Snook). She promises him a story which would be the best story he has ever heard and tells him about her mysterious life. After listening to her story, the Agent promises her that he can take her back in time and give her a chance to kill the man who devastated her life. And that’s how it all begins.

The film, is about in how many ways the Australian newcomer Sarah Snook. And how ridiculously stunning she is on screen. Not in terms of her gorgeous looks. But in pure performance. After watching the film, I Googled her and I couldn’t believe what she looks like in real life. At the age of 26, pulling off such a brilliant character is commendable. Her co-star Ethan Hawke agrees with me.

When I searched for the word on the Internet, what showed up pretty much sums up the film, without spoiling it for those who are yet to watch it:

Predestination is the Divine foreordaining or foreknowledge of all that will happen; with regard to the salvation of some and not others. It has been particularly associated with the teachings of John Calvin.


Spoilers ahead

The film is based on a short story written by Robert A.Heinlein who is considered by many, the most influential as well as controversial author of his time. The story is called All You Zombies. The lead character of the film, just like a zombie makes no decision on his own. He is mindlessly following his own footsteps. And in a way, as he kills himself, he is a dead man walking.

The story brings some really good ideas (although not completely new) in picture.

The time travel paradox: One might be able to figure out that the film is about a paradox when he/she first notices the song “I’m my own Grandpa”. What if you invent a time machine and go back in time to kill your grandpa before your father was conceived? That’s a paradox. In the film, the protagonist travels back and forth in time, causing his own birth and his own death, himself.

Ouroboros: The film mentions the Greek symbol Ouroboros which is essentially a snake eating his own tail. The protagonist’s story has no beginning and it has no end, just like a closed loop.

The greatest achievement of the film is that it involves you into the life of Jane. You feel connected to her and as she leaves her old self and accepts her personality as John, you too become emotionally detached from her life. It is really difficult to manage this.

The film successfully twists your brain and touches your heart at appropriate times. I like films with some sense of redemption. This one has none. This has one of the best anticlimaxes I’ve seen in a while.

#Crowdfunding – The Perfect Circle

When I think about the portrayal of autism in films, I think of “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” or “Rain Man”. While doing some more research about my upcoming independent film, I stumbled upon this:

When it came to the pre-production of the film, the makers have been thorough and careful. After finalizing the idea, the makers decided to wait for 2 more years till the film was actually ready to move on for production. And this fact deserves everyone’s respect. These guys over here are not bunch of newbies taking out there cameras and shooting the first thing that comes in front of the lens. There is a deep thought behind the film. Plus, this movie actually has an author of a Critics’ Choice Bestselling novel named Cruz Orman. So kudos to that!

To summarize the film, it is based on a 17 year old boy named Charles who happens to struggle with autism. Charles’s life begins to unravel after witnessing a tragic event that happens upon an unlikely, confident, impulsive New York Times Critics’ Choice Award Winning Author. Two of them form a pair and go on a jam-packed journey through street chases and increasing adversity leads to further chaos. It sounds like a completely different subject bringing together two misfits, having lots of adventures.

A good cast can make a good film great. And this film definitely has a great cast to assure the authenticity of it.

“Charles” is played by the Bloodwood Cannibals star Nathan Anthony Carter. The film Bollywood Cannibals is currently now #59 on Amazon Prime “Popular Movies” section.

“Saphire” (Sister of “Luke”) is played by Chalet Lizette. She has performed in westerns, drama, psychological thrillers, horror, comedy and many more. In 2015 She is already going to be releasing a film with Danny Trejo.

And Catherine Stand will be making her debut here as Charles’s sister.

The whole purpose of this film with such an important subject is that the makers don’t want people to take the subject so lightly. The makers believe that families can really come to appreciate the morals we are going to project in this movie.

The Perfect Circle is a film brought to you by G.M.H. It is a unique film that shows great potential. The creators of The Perfect Circle are raising funds through crowdfunding. Their crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter will help them start production of The Perfect Circle Movie. So be a part of this groundbreaking new and innovative film and visit the The Perfect Circle campaign site here, where you can become eligible to receive great perks from the creators of this new independent film.

And because I simply loved this line –

*Pledging will really make a difference for someone around Christmas time. (so why not add their name under a “producer” credit)?


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#Crowdfunding – THE NAPOLEON: A Story of Artillery’s Evolution

As much as gunpowder and gasoline is interesting to watch on screen, the making of such a legendary weapon is always an interesting story. At the beginning of the Civil War, the Napoleon, the Model 1857 light 12-pounder gun, was the state-of-the-art.

And just like any other modern revolutionary invention, the story of this gun is full of twists and turns: politics, technology, wars, and memorable characters. The Executive Producer of the film, Robert L. Silverman wanted to tell this story ever since he helped restore a 1861 Napoleon at the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey. And when a person with such a keen interest in the subjects takes up a project like this, you can place your bets on it!

The documentary intends to describe the Napoleon’s design, capabilities, and place in history. It will let the audience experience all the movement, fire, smoke and sounds that the artillerists did while in battle. The subject so intense and interesting needs to be well researched to be the best of its kind, and it will definitely be.

It is surely going to be a documentary that will make some serious buzz in the historical and military weapon space.

This month the creator of this documentary started raising funds through the innovative use of crowdfunding. His crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo will help him produce a high quality documentary and will allow him to film on location and to pay for first rate production and post-production work.

Raising money for a subject that requires such an intense amount of research followed by hours and hours of meticulous execution is not an easy task. That is why I want to use my Blog to promote such ventures that are ambitious and different from the redundant world of cinema. And if you feel that such new subjects should someday reach the theaters near you, this is your chance…

So what are you waiting for? Be a part of this groundbreaking new and innovative documentary and visit the The Napoleon-A Story Of Artillery’s Evolution campaign site here, where you can become eligible to receive great perks from the creator of this new historical documentary!

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