15th International IONS Conference

Cinema Noēsis: IONS 2013 Film Event

This is a two-day film festival. You may sign up for either day or receive a discount for attending both days. The Wednesday evening program is open to anyone signed up for either or both days of the film festival.

Note: Film festivals by nature have a certain fluidity to them, and we did our best to stick to the original program, set earlier this year. But two significant changes have been made in the last few weeks: Solar Revolution and Occupy Love were added to the program and No One Dies in Lily Dale and Schooling the World were removed. We apologize for these last-minute revisions but are confident that these two new films will make the program even stronger, highlighting the Institute’s focus on leading-edge science and worldview transformation. Hope to see you there! —Matthew Gilbert, Festival Director

W6 Wednesday, July 17—9:30am - 5:15pm

9:30 – 11:00am

Escape Fire: The Fight to Save American Healthcare (95 min.)

Escape Fire

It’s no secret that the American healthcare system is broken, but the current battle over costs and access does not address the root problem: its overwhelming focus on disease. After decades of struggle, a movement to bring high-touch, low-cost methods of prevention and healing into this “system on the brink” is finally gaining ground. This award-winning film premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and has attracted broad media coverage and acclaim.


11:00 – 11:45am

Panel discussion with indie film promotion company 360 Degree Communications

11:45 – 1:00pm


1:00 – 2:30pm

Money and Life (85 min.)

Money and Life

This passionate and inspiring film poses a provocative challenge: seeing the economic crisis not as a disaster but as an opportunity to transform our relationship to money and wealth and, in so doing, transform our world. Money and Life invites people to reclaim their lives and their communities from the rule of money and to become joyously active in co-creating a more just and sustainable future. Featuring an extraordinary and diverse line-up of change agents.


2:30 – 3:00pm

Discussion (Q/A tbd)

3:15 – 4:45pm

Kumare: The True Story of a False Prophet (84 min.)


Fed up with self-proclaimed prophets from both East and West who dress in traditional garb and claim to represent the deepest truths of ancient wisdom, Vikram Gandhi decides that he can do better and launches his alter guru-ego, Kumare. It’s a brilliantly executed conceit that ultimately, and unexpectedly, turns Vikram’s world upside down. Winner of Best Documentary at Austin’s renown South by Southwest® (SXSW) festival.


4:45 – 5:15pm

Facilitated discussion with Matthew Gilbert

Wednesday Evening Special Session—7 - 9:30pm

This evening program is open to anyone signed up for either or both days of the film festival.

Death Makes Life Possible trailer

Death Makes Life Possible

This film makes the case that we have much to gain by facing our fear of death and asking what death might have to offer our lives. The four minute trailer will be introduced by Marilyn Schlitz, PhD. A sneak preview of the first 20-30 minutes of the feature length documentary will be shown on Saturday night.


Apocalypse According to Doris (100 min.)

Apocalypse According to Doris

The only non-documentary in the festival, this genre bending "psi-fi" original is a well-written, character-driven tale about a rural housewife who involuntarily channels accurate predictions of cataclysmic events and the quirky cast of naysayers and believers she attracts. Premiered at Cannes; Script Finalist at the Sundance Writers Lab; top prize winner at the Akashic Metaphysical Film Festival and the Spirit Quest Film Festival.


9:00 – 9:30pm

Q/A with director Victor Goss and several members of the cast, followed by a discussion of the challenges of making Hollywood films with noetic/metaphysical themes.

T1 Thursday, July 18—9:30am - 5:00pm

9:30 – 11:00am

In the Beginning, There Was Light (95 min.)
(German with subtitles)

There was Light

The notion of “breatharianism”—people who can live for weeks, months, and even years without food or fluids—lies well outside the biological norm. And yet as this film makes clear, such people do exist, at least according to certified reports of personal experiences and well-documented laboratory studies. If true, the answer to how may lie somewhere in the realms of quantum physics and ancient spiritual traditions.


11:00 – 11:30am

Q/A with director P.A. Straubinger and IONS Senior Scientist Dean Radin, author of the soon-to-be released Supernormal: Science, Yoga, and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic Abilities

11:30 – 1:00pm


1:00 – 2:45pm

Solar Revolution (100 min.)

Solar Revolution

In this newly released, mind-bending documentary, world-renowned German biophysicist Dieter Broers makes a thoughtful, methodical, scientific case that the next leap in human consciousness will be aided by cosmological forces that researchers are only beginning to explore. Drawing on evidence from a wide range of disciplines, he claims that abilities now considered extraordinary – such as telepathy and ESP – may soon become ordinary, helping to solve the many global crises that are confounding humankind. With Rupert Sheldrake, Michael Persinger, Elizabeth Rauscher, Giuliana Conforto, Rick Strassman, and others.


3:00 – 4:30pm

Occupy Love (86 min.)

Occupy Love

Acclaimed director Velcrow Ripper completes his trilogy of sacred activist-themed movies with Occupy Love, a story of global awakening that takes viewers deep inside the "revolutions of the heart" that are erupting around the planet. Political, economic, and ecological collapses have catalyzed diverse communities of people to declare that it's time to create a new world, from the bottom up, that works for all life. It features an impressive cast of visionaries, including bell hooks, Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Jeremy Rifkin, Joan Halifax, James O'Dea, and many others, and an exceptional soundtrack.


4:30 – 5:00pm

Q/A (via Skype) with director Velcrow Ripper, followed by (time willing) end-of-festival general discussion


The Main Conference begins on Thursday evening. Optional film programs will be offered on Friday and Saturday evenings.
See the Evening Activites section for more info »

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