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Anne Hathaway & Psychedelics On The Big Screen Together In Dan Fogler’s ‘Don Peyote’

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As our world changes and minds open, what we see in our common culture tends to shift right along with those changes. In the past few years I’ve seen things in music, movies and said by “big-name” people that I never would have thought I would see due to he fact that these topics are mostly fringe or very underground. But as that all changes, these once taboo subjects are now becoming a lot more accepted and for good reason; much of this stuff can truly help not just people but humanity as a whole.

Stuart Braunstein of New York Natives told me about a film called ‘Don Peyote’ earlier this year. As we were intrigued by the name and subject matter, Stuart hooked us up with Dan Fogler, the lead Actor & writer of Don Peyote, to get some questions answered about the film and the inspiration behind such interesting subject matter.

Be sure to check out the trailer at the bottom of the interview.

1) What is the film about?

Warren Allman an aimless Everyman bumps into a street prophet preaching 2012 is the end, and Warren gets obsessed with that concept. It sends him off collecting interviews from wise-men trying to figure out major life questions for a documentary to save the world all before he gets married and before the possible Apocalypse! Warren becomes consumed with the fear even though everyone tells him that he will manifest his reality and he needs to stay calm or he’ll contribute to the problem. He can’t help but dive head first down the rabbit hole and he emerges on the other side a changed man. He transforms into Don Peyote, street prophet. He is the 100th monkey that is the herald for a change of consciousness.

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2) Tell us about the inspiration behind making the film around the subject matter it contains.

This is a group effort and the film really made itself at its own pace. At certain points in history all the main collaborators involved with the film, separate or otherwise, really wanted to make a movie like Don Peyote. In my portion of the journey of making of this crazy film -it was before 2012 & I was turning 33 and entering a very existential period as were many folks at that time before 2012. I was getting stressed, getting married and very much as confused as Warren was at the beginning of his journey. The film parallels events in my own life obviously -and I needed to finish whatever my journey was and the only way to do that was to document it. I was changing with each interview. The movie was changing me and others involved in the film.

When we began we had no budget, no cast & a pretty lose script. I turned to Mike & Yang and said let’s make a film we’ll all wear a lot of hats. We’ll shoot with whatever camera was available. I always was interested in the street prophet journey. How did that person get that way?  The very next day Mike introduced me to Stuart and Collective Hardware and Daniel Pinchbeck and the universe conspired in our favor to help finish the film.

3) Looking around the world with all that is going on these days, with all the people looking for answers. Seems the film was very timely, was this intentional?

 I was one of the wave of many people waking up right before 2012 through to today. I wanted to capture that and the movie became a volatile time capsule. During the course of the film it became my patriotic duty to help wake up as many people as I could with this film and reach as wide an audience as we could.

4) The film seems to dive into the rabbit hole on a number of subjects, and is it meant to get the viewer thinking or is it purely for entertainment only?

 It’s both. I describe watching the film as “taking the sugar with the medicine.” I knew the only way to get these theories out there to ‘Joe’ public was to make the film funny-and of course we infused the cast with many talented mainstream actors. This movie is “waking up 101”. We want folks talking  and thinking about the film after it ends, not wondering where they’re gonna go for desert.

5) If you have one thing you want someone to take away from this film, what would it be?

Fear is an illusion. We have a choice to help manifest a better world or we can help contribute to the chaos. We are the captains of our own happiness and destiny  and it is our patriotic duty to question authority and the reality presented to us. We as individuals are more powerful than we realize.

6) There are a number of interesting people and stars in the film. What was it like bringing them all into the film like this and working together?

The synchronicities were abundant during the making of this film. From meeting Stuart who introduced us to Daniel Pinchbeck instantly at collective hardware, to accepting my tony award from Anne Hathaway- bringing everyone together for this project was incredibly easy. The actors that appear in the film are friends or have become friends or they were people who were already intrigued with the subject matter. It was a dream. They each dove head first into the organic process and we got gold.

7) When and where can the viewers see the film upon its release?

On VOD and on demand late April and in select theaters in May.

8) Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to tell the viewers about?

Hysterical psycho our first feature from studio 13 is out now on demand and the spin-off graphic novel moonlake volumes 1&2 are out in bookstores now while st13 is currently cultivating their next project.

Dan can be seen in Barely Lethal this summer with Sam Jackson and on TV in Untapped.

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Woody Harrelson Shares A Powerful Video: ‘Thoughts From Within’ He Calls It

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  • The Facts:

    Woody Harrelson shares some spoken word with a deep message.

  • Reflect On:

    How do you view our current world? Does it truly resonate with you? Is it something you want to support? If you could put your energy into a world of thriving abundance, would you? Then why so much energy into the way things are?

I sit here today having been reminded of a Woody Harrelson video after watching a movie he acted in. I recalled the first time I saw this video. It was one of the first realizations I had, about 9 years ago, that many celebrities also go through life with trials and tribulations of the average person. Perhaps not in all ways, but certainly in many. This is an obvious thought of course, but sometimes not all that common.

When I saw this video, I remember thinking, wow, I love what he is sharing, and coming from his place of influence this truly has a powerful message. This is an awesome video made by Woody Harrelson sharing some powerful thoughts from within.

In the video Woddy lays out a spoken word masterpiece that touches on all of the main aspects of our current society. If you truly take the time to listen, there is much to reflect on. And of course, there is an inspiring side of it all too.

This one is a bit of a throw back, but it’s a good one. Enjoy it!

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Josh Radnor From How I Met Your Mother Just Started A Conscious Band with Ben Lee

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You might be here because you are a fan of the hit TV show, How I Met Your Mother, or maybe you have fond memories of blasting “Catch My Disease” in your car on a hot summer day. Whatever the reason may be, you are about to discover a lesser-known side to actor-writer-director Josh Radnor and Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee—who now form the musical duo Radnor & Lee.

In this very first episode of Uplifted Life’s new Redefining Success Podcast, Kosta Stoyanoff and I had the privilege of having a conversation with both of them over Skype only a few days before they left for their Brazil tour. We talked about their new musical venture, the effects of having achieved success and fame at a young age, what true success ought to be, spirituality, meditation, self-development and more! Playing the hosts was definitely out of our comfort zones, but we are glad we did it and were able to extract some valuable insights from these two amazing human beings.

There is a rumor circulating that they are a religious born again band because they don’t shy away from using words like word God in their lyrics. The truth is that they do not subscribe to any particular label and are simply fascinated by life’s bigger questions. In our 30-minute conversation with them, we found them to be incredibly grounded, intelligent and wise individuals who simply strive to get back to the basics of what really matters in life and care about becoming the best and most compassionate version of themselves. It was awesome to chat with two public figures who choose to use their influence to spread a positive and conscious message through their art!

Our intention with the Redefining Success Podcast is to collect gems of wisdom from individuals who see beyond our culture’s materialistic idea of success and have discovered a more fulfilling, whole and healthy view of what it means to lead a truly successful life. We believe that doing our part in helping rewrite the cultural story surrounding success can inspire a positive change in how we lead our lives—from our relationships to the way we do business.

Like Uplifted Life for more uplifting content and stay tuned for more episodes!

Hope you enjoy the conversation and make sure to share it to inspire others!

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The Oldest Song In The World – A Sumerian Hymn Written 3500 Years Ago (Listen)

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Music is a very special gift that people from all around the world, from various cultures and from every socio-economic class, enjoy. Human beings have been creating and listening to music for thousands of years, it is almost an essential part of our being.

Music has the power to evoke powerful emotions, it can lift us out of a bad mood and put a smile on our face, give us the energy and encouragement we need to get that workout done and more. We connect over music, we make music together, we meditate and zone out to music, and we even ‘trip out’ to music. What would our lives be like without music? Most likely Rather dull , and it seems as though  the ancients felt the same way.

Below is a video of a hymn that is said to have been written thousands of years ago, it may even be the oldest song in the world. This version is played using computerized tones, but if you can, imagine it being played on stringed instruments. Either way, it still has a joyous and almost comical feel to it, check it out.

Is this something you could jam to? Or at least is this something you could imagine your greatest ancestors rocking out to? Regardless of how you feel about the song, it’s pretty awesome that we actually have the equivalent to sheet music that was turned into a potential soundtrack for the ancient times. Essentially, this gives us the ability to glimpse into the past, an opportunity we may not have otherwise received. Sometimes what is put into words isn’t as powerful to our senses as actually hearing the same song that our ancestors may have listened to.

Here’s A Little History

In 1972, after 15 years of research, Professor of Assyriology from the University of California, Anne Kilner, was able to transcribe one of the oldest known pieces of music notation in the world. The music was inscribed on clay tablets that contained signs of the “Hurrian” language. These tablets had been excavated in the early 1950’s from the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit – now known as Ras Sharma. One of the tablets contained both words and music and has now come to be known as the oldest preserved music notation in the world.

Kilmer was able to transcribe this piece of music into a modern music notation, other people have also attempted to transcribe this music and the interpretations tend to differ a little bit. The tablets date back to around 1400 B.C. The music is a hymn to the moon God’s wife, Nikal. The tablets also happened to contain instructions for a singer as well as a harpist and how to properly tune the harp.

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