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

Greetings <<First Name>>,

This month I finally had the chance to sit down and watch the film Cloud Atlas (twice). If you't haven't seen it yet, I can't recommend it enough. Not necessarily because of the acting/story (which are admirable), but because I believe it was an attempt to construct a depiction of our emerging understanding of the universe.
 
Today is built seamlessly upon the momentum of yesterday. Choices, mostly unconscious, ensure that tomorrow arrives as if by its own accord. 
 
We hold the question "Why?" like a distant star, guiding our progress, no matter what may be trampled underfoot. But what if that's not the question? What if the question has always been "What?" As in, what is the role of human beings? And if so, then the answer is far less elusive, for it is all around us, in the silence between the notes.



REACTOR PREMIERES IN VANCOUVER + TORONTO + MORE

Last month, I shared the new trailer for my short film Reactor, about post-tsunami Japan and the ongoing Fukushima fallout. This month, we begin our premieres, starting with Vancouver, which will feature an acoustic performance from Buckman Coe, and dance vocalist Seshen. Tickets are on sale now for this and future dates below. Please RSVP and share with your network!
 
VANCOUVER – Aug 22
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Buy tickets - $12 online / $15 door  
 
TORONTO – Sept 6
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Buy tickets - $12 online / $15 door 

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



WORKSHOP - THE ART OF CROWDFUNDING, TORONTO, SEPT 6

The Art of Crowdfunding is an afternoon workshop for filmmakers, musicians, artists, activists, entrepreneurs, inventors, designers, lovers, and anyone who wants to make their idea, dream, or vision a reality through crowdfunding.
 
This builds on my previous workshop that focused more on specific social media techniques and platform strategies. This workshop dives deeper into the nature of storytelling to craft the compelling narrative for your specific campaign.
 
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Watch for more cities coming in Sept/October. If you'd me to come to your town, send me an email ian@ianmack.com



TURN IT UP - CAMPAIGN FOR TEEN SUICIDE PREVENTION

Did you know? Every year in Canada, two youth die by suicide every day. I had the privilege to shoot with the team for the new campaign Turn It Up, aimed at raising awareness and making noise about an issue that should not remain silent. Please watch and share the video!
 
Watch the video here
 
NEW INTERVIEWS IN GALO MAGAZINE + THE KARMIC PRESS

Some new interviews were published recently, the first for Galo Magazine, covering topics as diverse as media activism, shifting our paradigm, and swarm theory. An excerpt:
 
"Where we’re at now is: we’re creating the new systems that aren’t tweaks on the current system, because that’s not enough. They’re actually, I believe, “phase shifts.” And it’s really hard because we’ve never done this at the scale that is asked of us now, with the type of technology and platforms which are still in the process of being developed."
 
Read the full interview: New Paradigms: A Conversation About The World Through Filmmaker Ian MacKenzie’s Lens
 
The second interview comes from New York City, shot during the premiere of Occupy Love in May. Cheyenne Burroughs of The Karmic Press asks questions around the Occupy Movement, re-imagining civilization after capitalism, and how changing the world is fractal.

Watch the 10 minute interview here

STEPHEN JENKINSON - THE MAKING OF ELDERS
 
After Stephen's teaching on Cortes Island last May, we invited him to an evening on eldership at Kushala Yoga. The audience was a cross-section of youth, the middle-aged, and olders, all of us perhaps elders in training. Stephen shares his reflections from the evening in a must-read essay here:
 
"Elders aren’t self made. They can’t be. They don’t confer elderhood upon each other, for it isn’t theirs to confer. They serve the culture which has given them their lives, their elders, and their achievement as elders only flowers when they have some place to serve. That place is younger people."
 
Read the full piece The Making of Elders

Sometimes, the way it all could be feels so far away. And sometimes, you catch fragile glimpses that hurt your heart to realize its closer than close: the invitation to live life as a ceremony, woven into the potential of each moment.

Until next month...
Ian MacKenzie

p.s. My short film Sacred Economics with Charles Eisenstein has now been translated into Spanish, with an excellent written introduction. Please share widely!  

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