December 22, 2014

Tales of Everyday Magic

Tales of Everyday Magic is an anthology of hour-long films, which explore the magical events in our everyday lives that align with fate and lead to our self-discovery and ultimate destiny. Similar in format to Twilight Zone as well as Krzysztof Kieslowski’s The Decalogue, (a collection of films each based on one of the 10 Commandments), Tales of Everyday Magic is an ongoing series of dramatic fables, inspired by Hay House authors that vary in genre and address a variety of metaphysical, spiritual and psychological subject matter. The intention of the series is to explore meaningful philosophical ideas through intimate and intense character-driven stories.

Great acting, intelligent storytelling and beautiful filmmaking come first and foremost, but buried beneath the surface of this collection of tales there is something more: questions, ideas and concepts that will hopefully resonate through and inspire people. The first four films were shot in 2011 and are now available through Hay House. More films to come soon…

“Painting The Future” (Episode 1)

On the second floor of a low-income apartment complex lives Jonathan Page. Once an established painter, Page now lives out his bitter days terrorizing the joy of his neighbors’ lives as well as his own. From the courtyard below, nine-year-old Lupe Saldana takes notice of Jonathan. Determined to save up for a dream quinceañera dress, Lupe extends herself as hired help for all the personal errands and daily chores that Jonathan can no longer do himself. Through this proposition, a friendship begins to blossom, and Lupe’s optimistic innocence slowly breaks down the wall of Jonathan’s guarded brokenness.

Inspired by the writings of best-selling author Louise L. Hay, “Painting the Future” reveals how the thoughts we choose create the life we live.

“My Greatest Teacher” (Episode 2)

Dr. Ryan Kilgore is a college professor struggling to take his career to his desired level of success, while battling the very demons that are keeping him from achieving it. Kilgore is tormented by the memories of his father’s abandonment, yet his wife and child are the ones who pay the price. Upon losing his grandmother, Kilgore desperately seeks the closure that he needed so long ago as he puts his future in jeopardy for a journey into the past. Through a series of mysterious and serendipitous events, a path opens that leads Kilgore to his father—and to making the choice to rebuild everything he has destroyed as a result of what has been destroying him.

Based on the true life story of best-selling author Wayne Dyer, “My Greatest Teacher” is a compelling drama that explores the transformational power of forgiveness.

“Entanglement” (Episode 3)

When a daunting premonition takes U.S. art student Jack Franklin hostage, he is consumed by the thought of the danger his twin brother, Charlie Franklin, may be in. Separated by the war in Afghanistan and the constraints of modern-day technology, Jack defies the laws of science when he taps into the unexplainable physics of the Divine Matrix to try to save the life of his brother, as well as the lives of others serving with him.

Based on the writings of best-selling author and visionary scientist Gregg Braden, “Entanglement” explores the possibility of quantum entanglement and our connection to “the Divine Matrix.”

“The Magic Hand of Chance” (Episode 4)

Filmed in Vienna, against the backdrop of a Spiegeltent colored by a traveling Russian Circus troupe, “The Magic Hand of Chance” is the true story of a clumsy magician whose life is turned around when two clowns trick him into thinking he has received the highest honor by a fictitious Magicians Society in America. Because he starts to believe he is great . . . he ultimately becomes great.

Based on the common underlying theme of the writings of Louise L. Hay and Dr. Wayne W. Dyer—the notion that if you change your thoughts, you can change your life—this film beautifully illustrates the magical power of belief.

Fun Fact from Michael: This film is based on a true story, which I was told on a subway platform at 3 AM in Vienna by my good friend Evgeniy Voronin, star of “The Graf Show”. I loved the story so much that I pitched it to Hay House and after working out the script with another good friend Ethan Lipton, I headed back to Vienna to shoot the film with the performers from Palazzo as the main cast.)