Stephen Simon is a veteran producer whose distinguished career includes the Presidency of two major production companies and the development and production of a myriad of well-known films such as: Smokey and the Bandit, The Goodbye Girl, The Electric Horseman, Somewhere in Time, the Academy Award winning What Dreams May Come, and the Emmy-nominated Lifetime movie Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story. He is also author of the definitive work The Force is With You: Mystical Movie Messages that Inspire Our Lives, published by Walsch Books, an imprint of Hampton Roads. His newest book is entitled Bringing Back The Old Hollywood. Simon is also co-founder of The Spiritual Cinema Circle.
Recognizing the powerful effect - both positive and negative - that the media has upon our culture, Simon has become the leading spokesperson for a new genre he has coined as "Spiritual Cinema." Spiritual Cinema examines who we are and why we are here and illuminates the human condition through stories and images that inspire us to explore that what we can be as a humanity when we operate at our very best. Spiritual Cinema reflects our beliefs and values and illustrates their impact upon our lives and our society. In this context, spiritual refers not to religion but to the unseen divine essence that is life force itself. History has revealed that individuals or cultures that lose their connection to this essence become devoid of love, respect and compassion.
There are many films that look at the dark, ugly, negative, violent, greedy sides of humanity, and there is no question that these dark elements seem to be part of human nature. But there are fewer films that shed light on the beautiful side of our nature—the side that ...