Dispatch from the Future
Oct 2013 Newsletter // by Ian MacKenzie

Dear <<First Name>>,

My latest newsletter is chock full of inspiring updates and interviews on the emerging paradigm, including the latest from the REACTOR tour, and upcoming crowdfunding workshops. 

But first - I want to tell you about the role of an artist.  I want to tell you about Cambodia, 2006.

I had stepped into Hell. Or at least the closest representation that was possible on earth.  The name of the compound was Tuol Sleng prison, notorious during the years of Pol Pot's genocidal regime and social cleansing.  Here, thousands of Cambodian citizens were questioned, tortured, and killed.   Many of their faces continued to haunt the walls of the prison, row upon row of scared faces, photographed in black and white. 

After the fall of the regime, the successive government opted to leave Tuol Sleng much like they found it – complete with torture instruments still in the cells, the blood stains now turned to black.  I was one of many tourists who now made this stop on the backpacker trail. 

I remember stepping quietly through the checked halls, as if the ghosts did not want to be disturbed. I wondered what most sane humans must: how does it come to this? How do humans ferment such hatred, that bends their hands to inflict such crushing, senseless violence?

In a corner of one cell, I step near the walls and notice letters scrawled carefully in dark ink: “Art must scream for those who cannot.” 

I pause, letting the statement sink into my soul.  Then I hastily take a picture, and retreat from the room – uncertain how, but knowing I am changed forever. 



Butoh can be translated as the "dance of death." At the recent San Fran premiere of REACTOR, we were offered the incredible gift of two original performances from Bad Unkl Sista, inspired by the film.  The photo above captures a hint of the transformative evening.

Thank you as well to Ariel Wolpe who performed two opening songs, and to Sustainable Man for presenting the night.

New interviews with Michael & I have also been published. Please read & listen below:

INTERVIEW: Changing Reactions [The Extraenvironmentalist]

In Extraenvironmentalist #66 we speak with Michael Stone and Ian MacKenzie about their new film Reactor which covers their recent trip to Japan. Is the social fallout from Fukushima a template for social change elsewhere?

INTERVIEW: How Our Actions Matter: Ian MacKenzie on His Film Reactor [It's All Yoga Baby]

"The modern dominant culture is not new in nature, only new in scope, having grown to encircle most of the planet. It is a culture that has no landing gear. [...] We do not need more technology, more ideas, or more programs. As Michael shows in the film, we need a willingness to accept that the world is both stunning and tragic at the same time. We need the strength to continue with a broken heart."


Would you like to bring Reactor to your city? Submit your screening details here and read the guide to hosting your screening here.  

GREENBELT, MD - Oct 20 @ Utopia Film Festival
View details here

View more screenings online

Not able to make it to a screening? You can now stream REACTOR online for $1.99 via Vimeo on Demand. 
All my events + work include a low/no-income option because I believe money should not be a barrier for sharing our gifts with others. That said, we continue to live in a money economy (for now) and any support helps me to continue. 

If you'd like to help me bring this film to further cities across the world, please consider offering a donation here.


Excited to announce two upcoming workshops on the East and West coast respectively.  Check out the details below and please share with your networks.

PHILADELPHIA – Oct 18 // Crowdfunding 101
RSVP on Facebook + Register Now (Admission by Gift)

This 3 hour workshop is a updated version of my popular introduction to crowdfunding. Event will be followed by drinks + networking. Co-Sponsored by Transition Town Media and PIFVA (Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association)

VANCOUVER – Nov 9 // The Art of Crowdfunding
This all day workshop will be the most deep and comprehensive crowdfunding workshop I have given to date.  It's part of the Tyee Masterclass series, which means you're supporting excellent independent media, plus you'll enjoy a small class + tasty lunch. 


On Oct 15, I had the pleasure of kicking of a 5 day confluence of workshops, presentations, and performances all geared towards accelerating the emerging economic paradigm. The opening keynote discussion included visionary placemaker and permaculturist Mark Lakeman (founder of City Repair, Portland) as we shared our thoughts from on the ground and on the edge. 

Listen to the full recording here: 

This event is part of Living the New Economy (October 15-20, 2013), a 6-day confluence of people and ideas to connect the dots, meld minds, build bridges and cross disciplines. Check out the other fantastic events taking place during the week at vancouver.neweconomy.ca


I'm happy to announce my involvement with an important new crowdfunding campaign Milton's Secret. The goal is ambitious: 1 million dollars, and the potential impact is enormous. Read on & please share/contribute if inspired.  
Milton’s Secret is a coming of age story about an 11-year-old boy growing up in an economically depressed suburb, and the elder quest of his grandfather. Milton’s troubles seem to be coming from every direction. His mother and father are workaholics with marital and financial problems, and he is being bullied at school. Fear and dread are everywhere.

When his unconventional grandfather visits, Milton learns that rehashing bad experiences and worrying about the future are preventing him from finding true happiness in the Now.


Looking ahead, here's where you can find me this fall.

Want to bring me to your event? I'm available for speaking gigs on crowdfunding, filmmaking, and the emerging paradigm. Contact me here

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Until next month...
Ian MacKenzie

p.s.  read over 100 responses from my friends on the role of the artist.

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