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JCF In Conversation with poet and screenwriter Sjón about his 2021 film, “Lamb”

[caption id="attachment_6492" align="alignleft" width="268"] Courtesy of A24 Films.[/caption] Author and JCF Associate John Bucher interviews renowned Icelandic poet and screenwriter Sjón about his new film, Lamb (2021). "Lamb (Icelandic: Dýrið, "The animal") is a 2021 Icelandic drama film directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Sjón. The film stars Noomi Rapace, and marks Valdimar...

Finding Joe

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...

Persian mythology comes alive in animated ‘The Last Fiction’

Animated re-tellings of mythological stories can be powerful ways to engage people of all ages in the ancient tales that humankind has been telling for centuries. "The Last Fiction" aims to do just that. A recent review of the film in the LA Times states, "Astonishingly ambitious in breadth, 2-D...

China’s Rich Mythology Harvested for Films

Chinese mythology has become an abundant source of inspiration for film productions, and this year is no different. Click here to read more about the specific projects utilizing Chinese myths for their framework.

‘Valley of Gods’ Explores Navajo Mythology

"I’m always interested in ancient societies and mythologies. I’m interested in archetypes. I’m interested in what is the underlying foundation of us humans and the juxtaposition of this with what is offered today and how bastardized versions of the myths are sold via the box office, those endless reproductions of...

The Emerald Forest

American Bill Markham (Powers Boothe) has taken his family to the jungles of Brazil, where he has been hired to design a dam. Unexpectedly, a native tribe abducts his son, Tommy (Charley Boorman). Bill spends an entire decade looking for Tommy, only to discover that the boy has adopted the...

MICHAEL MEADE Mosaic Voices

Amid the rattling of cultural institutions and radical changes in nature, it may be time to turn again to valuable traditional methods of cultural healing and individual mentoring. Shaping new forms from separate, estranged, or even broken pieces is a dynamic remedy for the personal isolation and spiritual dislocation that...

Finding the Gold Within

In Finding the Gold Within, filmmaker Karina Epperlein follows six young men as they enter their first year of college. Each has personal circumstances to overcome as he works to escape the straitjacket of contemporary stereotypes, and each has participated from sixth- grade on in a myth-centered mentoring program that...

Peter Brook’s The Mahabharata

This video recording of Peter Brook's stage epic is stunning both in its sweep and its theatrical simplicity. Taking an epic poem--the heart of the Hindu tradition, one chapter of which is the Bhagavad Gita--and dramatizing it in three two-hour segments, Brook and his astonishing company of international actors give...

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller

This really needs to be on the list! A collection of folk tales and Greek Myths presented in storyteller format as only Jim Henson was capapble of doing. Truly his highest moment as an artist. A must for all interested in myth and legend. Cheers, Clemsy

The Princess Bride

It's not just a kids movie. It has so many elements that Campbell points to in the archetypal hero's journey. Plus, it's a lot of fun.

The 13th Warrior

The 13th Warrior, a film starring Antonio Bandares, has gotten many poor reviews. However, I feel that it is an excellent film for anyone to watch after reading Joseph Campbell’s, The Hero With A Thousand Faces. This film tells the hero journey in a simple way, as Antonio descends into...

Mindwalk

Fascinating dialogue between a poet, polititian, and scientist. Their approaches shed light and considerations to each other's expertise.

Baraka

Great film visually stunning and thought provoking. this film does not have any dialog but will promote reflection on lifes journey. A truelly wonderful experience.

My Dinner With Andre

A two hour conversation about art, life, ritual and talking to plants. What makes it work is that Andre repeatedly will spend several minutes praising some guru or ritual practice... only to turn around and, with a sentence or two, de-value everything he just said. The film provides lots of...

Princess Mononoke

Set in a fantastical medieval Japan, Miyazaki's original story envisions a struggle between nature and man. The march of technology, embodied in the dark iron forges of the ambitious Tatara clan, threatens the natural forces explicit in the benevolent Great God of the Forest and the wide-eyed, spectral spirits he...

Star Wars

Aside from his devotion to advancing digital cinema, editing, sound, and projection technology (not to mention his educational contributions), I love George Lucas for the same reason we all should: he created a myth for our time. In 1977, Lucas refashioned an old story in a way that spoke to an...

Rumi: Poet of the Heart

This one hour program presents Coleman Barks, the preeminent contemporary translator of Rumi's poetry, in live performance and intimate conversation. Joining Coleman to celebrate the earthly, joyous, spiritual passion of Rumi's poetry are Robert Bly, Deepak Chopra, Michael Meade, Huston Smith and others. Musical performances by oud virtuoso Hamza El...

A Man Called Horse

Depicts individual undergoing a sacrificial ritual to enact a myth, that isthe overcoming of the ego for the service of the tribe. Directed by Elliot Silverstein. Starring Richard Harris. "In 1825, an English aristocrat is captured by Native Americans. He lives with them and begins to understand their way of...

Dances With Wolves

Swept the 1990 academy awards with 7 oscars.  A stunning American Epic set in the Dakota Territory during the Civil War.  Union officer Lt. John Dunbar's befriending of a tribe of Lakota Sioux while assigned singlehanded to man an outpost and his dramatic transformation into the Warrior - Dances With Wolves.

Pan’s Labyrinth

Inspired by the Brothers Grimm, Jorge Luis Borges, and Guillermo del Toro's own unlimited imagination, Pan's Labyrinth is a fairytale for adults. Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) may only be 12, but the worlds she inhabits, both above and below ground, are dark as anything del Toro has conjured. Set in rural...

The Seventh Seal

After a decade of battling in the Crusades, a knight challenges Death to a fateful game of chess. More than forty years after its initial release, Ingmar Bergman's stunning allegory of man's apocalyptic search for meaning remains a textbook on the art of filmmaking and an essential building block in...

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