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Best Documentary Film


ashland independent film festival
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Ashland, OR 97520
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What The #$*! Do We Know?

Filmmakers: William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente
Genre: Documentary/Drama

Running time: 95 minutes
Website: http://www.whatthebleep.biz/

An utterly original mixture of documentary, animation, and drama, this is one of those films you want everyone on the planet to see. Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God, West Wing) finds herself in a fantastic Alice-in-Wonderland experience when her uninspired life literally begins to unravel, revealing the uncertain world of the quantum field hidden behind what we consider to be our normal, waking reality. Her story illustrates, in narrative form, the ideas woven together by a Greek chorus of top scientists, physicians, mystics, and theologians. In documentary form they reveal that science and spirituality are not different modes of thought, but, in fact, describe the same thing. [Adult language]

Interview with William Arntz, Betsy Chasse, Mark Vicente
Q. What inspired you to make this film?
A. The inspiration for this film came from a number of different directions. And with that many fingers pointing – it could not be ignored. The first finger was the continual convergence of the two great modes of human inquiry – science and spirit. Quantum physics, neurology and molecular biology seem to be saying things that are in agreement with what mystics have been saying for centuries. Furthermore science as a language of the spirit seems to cut across old beliefs and superstitions, and present ideas in a way that encourages people to examine for themselves and make their own decisions. Another finger was the availability of sophisticated hi-tech movie making at an indie budget price. The computerization of the filmmaking process has given non-studio productions the ability to make sophisticated effects-rich movies. And lastly, the middle finger is raised in response to what is currently out in social consciousness regarding “entertainment.” Cops, robbers, boy meets girl, man kills man, is boring at best and harmful at worse—and we, the filmmakers, think a lot of people are ready for something different.

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