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Pete Holmes Points to Joseph Campbell on Late Night With Stephen Colbert
April 22, 2022

Comedian and television star, Pete Holmes, who included a chapter on Joseph Campbell in his book, Comedy Sex God, pointed to Campbell again on Late Night With Stephen Colbert. Holmes references Campbell about 45 seconds into his interview. The full quote that Holmes alludes to can be found in A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections of the Art of Living, and states, "Where you stumble, there lies your treasure. The very cave you are afraid...

RuPaul Talks Joseph Campbell on Jimmy Kimmel Show
January 2, 2022

Entertainer RuPaul brought up Joseph Campbell and his seminal work, The Hero With a Thousand Faces, while discussing differences between Superman, Wonder Woman, and Spider-Man on the Jimmy Kimmel show. To watch the video clip, click here. The discussion involving Campbell begins around the 2:35 mark.

Will Smith points to Joseph Campbell in Describing His Own Journey
September 29, 2021

In a video featured on the website for GQ Magazine, actor and musician, Will Smith, points to Joseph Campbell and The Hero With a Thousand Faces when describing his own growth as a person. Smith connects Campbell's ideas to his own journey and where he now sees himself. Watch the video here. Smith's comments about Campbell begin around the 7:20 mark.

Jeep Highlights Campbell’s Hero’s Journey
December 2, 2020

A recent commercial from auto maker, Jeep, highlights Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey in its narrative. To view the commercial, click here.

FINDING JOE Made Available on YouTube
March 23, 2020

The official full length version of FINDING JOE: A story about Joseph Campbell and The Hero's Journey has been made available via YouTube by the filmmaker, Patrick Solomon. The documentary features Deepak Chopra, Robin Sharma, Rashida Jones, Sir Ken Robinson and Joseph Campbell Foundation President, Bob Walter. Solomon is making the film available for free as a gift to people during these challenging times. "I think the world could really use the message right...

‘Gretel and Hansel’ Director Points to Campbell and Collective Unconscious
March 11, 2020

Osgood "Oz" Perkins, son of acclaimed actor Anthony Perkins of Psycho fame,  talked recently about the lens he brought to his latest film, Gretel and Hansel. “Fairytales are elementally rooted in the collective unconscious. Whether you’re approaching storytelling through Joseph Campbell or through any of those sort of monomyth approaches, the earliest stories are salient throughout time. So when something as pure as Hansel and Gretel came my way, the feeling was there’s a...

‘The Mandalorian’ Has Many Talking Campbell
December 12, 2019

Disney's new Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, has many analyzing the show and bringing up one of Star Wars creator George Lucas's key sources in creating the original films -- Joseph Campbell. Jon Favreau, creator of  The Mandalorian, has been vocal about Campbell's influence on the series and his own work. Here are just a few places around the web where Campbell has been mentioned in connection with the show and the broader landscape...

Edward Norton Cites Joseph Campbell in Creating Motherless Brooklyn
November 16, 2019

The work of Joseph Campbell has been cited by numerous filmmakers as significant to their creative process. Academy Award nominee, Edward Norton recently discussed the role of the mythologist in his own work. "I think Joseph Campbell is right: It’s absolutely true that there are core mythic themes and archetypes that writers re-visit and re-skim to address the times we’re living in," Norton stated in an interview about the creation of his latest film,...

Ad Astra and the Flawed Hero
October 18, 2019

In a post for Asia One, James Mottram gives insight into the creation of James Grays’ newest film, Ad Astra, and how Gray drew from Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces. He wanted his character to be mythic in his journey, "I had been very much into the mythic hero. And when I say hero, I don't mean superhero. I wanted [to write] a heroic figure in mythic terms, a flawed person, a person...

Why We Watch Movies – It All Comes Down To Biology
October 16, 2019

Joseph Campbell gifted us one global story that was based on thousands of myths and legends and the reason why stories such as ​Star Wars​ are so relatable are because of our universal biology. We have mirror neurons that causes our brains to learn from what we observe without actually having to experience it. By experiencing conflict within a movie, or story, our instincts are triggered and we have a form of catharsis by...

Clay Tweel’s ‘Out of Omaha’ Employs Campbell’s Hero’s Journey
October 16, 2019

Clay Tweel’s new documentary, ​Out of Omaha,​ follows the lives of Darcell and Darrell Trotter, two black men coming of age in Omaha. As a documentary filmmaker, Tweel’s vision is to blur the lines between fictional filmmaking and documentary filmmaking and to do this, Tweel uses the same tools and techniques as Hollywood directors, which includes the employment of the Hero’s Journey. “And I think that more and more, documentary filmmakers are employing cinematic...

“MEMORY: The Origins of Alien” Explores Campbell, Modern Myth
October 9, 2019

Filmmaker Alexandre Philippe's documentary, Memory: The Origins of Alien, dives deep into the making of the classic movie but also explores the mythic aspects of the franchise and how those mythical motifs are linked to ideas popularized by Joseph Campbell. Philippe has offered thanks to the Joseph Campbell Foundation in the credits of the film as well as in several press interviews. JCF associate, Will Linn, PhD, appears in the film discussing the implications...

Mister Rodgers Documentary Creator Cites His Personal Hero’s Journey
May 20, 2019

Benjamin Wagner created an independent documentary about Mister Rodgers and in a blog post for his site, Mister Rodgers and Me, discussed his process, giving heavy weight to the influence of Campbell’s Hero’s Journey®. “Mister Rodgers and Me” was a very successful independent documentary and even won an American Public Television Programming Excellence Award. The creator of the film, Benjamin, shared some of his personal experiences with Rodgers and cites that his exposure to...

Artist Lance Whitner Follows Her Bliss!
August 7, 2018

Audrey Dwyer writes for the Steamboat Pilot & Today about artist Lance Whitner’s latest art project. Whitner's piece is called The Artistry of Life: Painting & Yoga and it takes inspiration from Joseph Campbell's book, The Power of Myth. She was intrigued by the uniqueness of every person's journey and quest for their Bliss. The artist will be collaborating with yoga instructor Linda Durzon, who will offer donation-based yoga classes. The participants will then be encouraged to help the...

Dan Harmon and Joseph Campbell
June 9, 2018

Dan Harmon is an American writer, show-runner, actor and voice-actor from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is mostly known for his two highly successful shows, the NBC sitcom Community and the Adult Swim animated series Rick and Morty. He is admired by many, gathering a large online following, due both to his talent and general personality. Harmon hosts Harmontown, a live podcast, and was the subject of the namesake documentary. What some people might not know is that...

Satya Nadella And Microsoft’s Journey
May 20, 2018

Microsoft and The Hero's Journey have historically crossed paths at a number of intersections, such as seen in the Minecraft® Hero’s JourneyTM interactive game software. Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft, talks about his new book in this intriguing interview for Charlie Rose. Joseph Campbell's The Hero's Journey inspired Nadella to write "Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone." and turn Microsoft's journey for the...

A Quick Look
November 20, 2017

This video by Ministry Of Cinema, a YouTube channel that creates video essays on important figures, highlights Campbell's teachings and its connections to cinema and storytelling as a whole. It seems as new forms of media and content distribution develop. Joseph Campbell's influence continues to grow. Watch the full video.  

Moyers and Campbell
November 10, 2017

Recordings and TRANSCRIPTS of The Power of Myth, conducted by Bill Moyers and featuring Joseph Campbell, all recorded at George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch for PBS. Read the article published by Moyers & Company, which contains all of the interview's transcript, along with small clips of each episode! And if you want more of this amazing interview, go to the Joseph Campbell Foundation Youtube channel! to find many other clips and interesting interviews.

Campbell and the Quest to Rediscover the Soul of Microsoft!
October 27, 2017

Those familiar with the Minecraft® Hero’s JourneyTM interactive game software have witnessed the influence of Joseph Campbell in Microsoft's work. Is Campbell a helper in the rediscovery of soul--for the company? As Satya Nadella, Microsoft's CEO, talks about his new book "Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone," Campbell is a significant influence on his meditations about the company's future. Learn more about Microsoft's Journey!

Creator’s Creation
June 17, 2017

The Polygon offers us an article by Julia Alexander on Adult Swim show Rick and Morty and a following video featuring Dan Harmon, the show's creator. Myths are often times used to explain and give meaning to things humans cannot understand. The same can be said about religion and the concept of God. Joseph Campbell is credited to have called God an "impersonable cosmic force" and has in different occasions talked about God being within, rather than...

Game of Thrones Credits Joseph Campbell
November 30, 2016

Richard E Preston writes for the website Winter Is Coming about Jon Snow from the HBO show Game of Thrones. According to Preston, Snow is hand crafted to represent the Hero. The article explains this in more depth, and even depicts a character biography with Jon's archetypal needs.

Keanu Reeves on Avenging Heros
November 30, 2016

Peter Howell interviews  Keanu Reeves for The Star, exploring why audiences are drawn to the vengeful hero archetype. Reeves shares his knowledge of Campbell and what he thinks it does at a subconscious level to the viewers.

Jeff Bridges “Follow your Bliss”
November 30, 2016

Melissa Parker conducts a fantastic and genuine interview with Jeff Bridges for Smashing Interviews. During the talk, Bridges brings up the famous quote from Joseph Campbell "Follow your bliss" when asked how he lives his life.

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