Topanga Film Festival

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Topanga Film Institute & Topanga Films
       The Conscious Life Film Festival
Screening at The Conscious Life Expo February 10 – 12, 2012 Los Angeles Airport Hilton Hotel
Expo General Admission and $10 Film Festival Ticket required
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Friday, February 10th – 8:00pm-10pm

Director : Tiffany Shlain With Q & A
Running Time: 85 minutes
Director Tiffany Shlain takes audiences on an exhilarating roller-coaster ride to discover what is means to be connected in the 21st century. Using a brillant mix of animation, archival footage and home movies, Shlain reveals the surprising ties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large.



“The Truth Is Out There”
Saturday, February 11th – 12 Noon-2:30pm
Director : Phil Leirness
Running Time: 144 minutes
THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE follows Dean Haglund as he travels the globe hoping to discover just what it means to search for the truth in a world where conspiracies or conspiracy theories are everywhere.




Saturday, February 11th – 3:00pm-4:30pm
“Dance of Liberation”
Director : Jon Fitzgerald Running Time: 85 minutes


As a spiritual leader, Parashakti has helped to transform the lives of many. In addition to soul healing and other supportive practices, she has developed and branded a ritualistic movement with the use of a blindfold, called Dance of Liberation, which becomes more than just a tool. It becomes a metaphor as people learn to let go of their old stories and strive to live with something new.


Saturday, February 11th – 5:00pm-6:30pm
“Wake Up”
Jonas Elrod was leading an ordinary life until he woke up one day to a totally new reality. He suddenly could see and hear angels, demons, auras and ghosts. With his skeptical girlfriend, Mara, by his side, Jonas crisscrosses the country as he searches for answers and delves deeper into this thrilling world of the phenomenal and spiritual. Along the way, he encounters an amazing group of physicians, religious teachers, scientists, mystics and spiritual healers who help him piece together this intricate puzzle.
1 Giant Leap “What about Me?”
Saturday, February 11th – 6:45pm-8:15pm
Directors : Duncan Bridgeman & Jamie Catto Running Time: 85 minutes
What About Me? is the culmination of 4 years work visiting 50 global locations collecting wisdom and musical jewels. It’s an inspiring and alarming look at our collective insanity: how we are ego-driven needy in relationships, insatiable



SUNDAY February 12th – 12 Noon-12:15pm
“Hope” short film 
Director : Willy Whitefeather





“Schooling the World”
  Sunday, February 12th – 12:30 – 1:30pm
Director : Carol Black Running Time: 65 minutes


If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educateds its children. The film examines the hidden assumption of cultural superiority behind education aid projects, which overly aim to help children “escape” to a “better life” – despite mounting evidence of the environmental, social, and mental health costs of our own modern consumer lifestyles, from epidemic rates of childhood depression and substance abuse to pollution and climate change.
Sunday, February 12th – 1:45pm-2:30pm
“A Thousand Roads” Director : Chris Eyre Writer/Producer : Scott Garen Running Time: 40 minutes


The lives of four Native Americans take a significant turn as they confront the crises that arise in a single day. a young Inupiat girl, a Navajo gang banger, a Mohawk stockbroker and a Quechuan healer, journey through the epic landscapes of Alaska, New Mexico, Manhattan and Peru, drawing strength from their tribal past to transcend the challenges of the day and embrace the promises that awaits them.
Sunday, February 12th – 2:45pm-2:57pm
” Walkabout” A Short Film Directors : Chris Magick & Thom Jordan Running Time: 12 minutes
Sunday, February 12th – 3:00pm-5:00pm
“The Highest Pass” Director : Jon Fitzgerald With Q & A
Running Time: 90 minutes


Special SNEAK PEEK screening, in theaters April 2012. Adam learns that his yogi guru, Anand, has discovered a prophesy that was printed on his birth chart – he would die in an accident at the age of 27, and when Anand invites Adam to join him on a motorcycle journey through India’s Himalayas, to the highest motorable road in the world, he faces the ultimate question: Is truly living worth dying for?



Sunday, February 12 – 5:00pm-6:30pm
Film Festival Wrap & Meet and Greet
Free to All Expo Attendees


PRESS CONTACT: Dawna Shuman, Lighthouse PR Tel: 818.789.1077 Cell: 818.632.3296


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