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Spiritual Cinema Night to show 'I'm Fine Thanks'

This month’s Spiritual Cinema Night, sponsored by Symphony of Life Spiritual Center and Casa de la Luna Retreat, will feature I’m Fine, Thanks, a documentary on pursuing one’s own dream, instead of “the American dream.”  The film features the stories of people who have left “the good life” behind to follow their passions—and the quiet desperation of those who haven’t quite made the leap.  The screening will take place on Friday, October 26, at Casa de la Luna. 

Director Grant Peelle was a theater major in college and dreamed about making films as a kid. When he got married and started having kids of his own, he told himself his dream “wasn’t realistic,” so he put it away for a “sensible” career in real estate. Soon he’d acquired all the trappings of the good life—but felt that he himself was only acting, reading someone else’s script instead of living his own life. He also realized that many of his associates felt the same way.

He joined forces with a few film-making friends, launched a crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter.com, and within a year had made his movie. More than that, he’d launched a movement.  Here is the fledgling movement’s manifesto: 

“We believe that the stories we captured deserve to be told - and that by sharing them we can inspire thousands and thousands of people to take action and change their lives for the better.

“Our goal is to ignite a movement of people who are tired of settling for mediocrity. We want to eliminate ‘getting by,’ ‘doing fine,’ ‘could be worse,’ and ‘can't complain’ from the vocabulary of our modern culture.

“We want to rally together a like-minded group of people who are fed up with living life through someone else's script - and ready to live life on their OWN terms.

“Together, with your help, we believe we can challenge people to dig back up their childhood dreams... to tap back into their deepest passions... and to take action to make those values more of a priority in their life moving forward.”

A discussion will follow the screening.

Doors open at 6:30 and the movie begins promptly at 7:00 p.m.  Although the event is free, donations are gratefully accepted and go to Casa de la Luna Retreat, whose state-of-the-art multimedia studio is ideally suited to these and other gatherings.  Casa de la Luna Retreat is located at 710 S. La Luna Ave., in Ojai (between Baldwin Road and W. Lomita Ave.).  There is parking on the property. 

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