Cinema can enlighten, inspire, and uplift the human spirit. Examples of these transformative films include What the Bleep Do We Know?, The Celestine Prophecy, What Dreams May Come, Field of Dreams, and The Cove. Films like these can truly make a difference in how people live and express their creativity. During the second annual Esalen Inspirational Film Festival, participants will enjoy a vibrant mix of films, panel discussions, and thought-provoking dialogue with filmmakers. Our intention for the week is to build an engaging and supportive community of film enthusiasts whose common goal is to enrich and uplift the human spirit. The festival is open to everyone, and will be of particular interest to artists, filmmakers, and those who have a passion for social justice, environmental issues, personal growth exploration, and spiritual themes. Discussion topics include: · The exploration of positive psychology in film · The landscape of independent films dedicated to transformation · The power of entertainment to create social change and activism · The art of mythology and powerful storytelling Featured guests include producer and former president of United Artists Pictures, Lindsay Doran, What the Bleep Do We Know? co-creator Betsy Chasse, producer Barnet Bain, director Lucy Walker and director Patrick Takaya Solomon. Additional presenters will be in attendance. Note: Due to the flexible nature of filmmaking and production schedules, the week’s schedule is subject to change.