LOS ANGELES, CA – Devolver Digital Films is proud to announce the digital VOD release of the important new documentary, Exile Nation: The Plastic People, presented by Edward James Olmos who also narrates the film. Written, photographed, and directed by Charles Shaw, the powerful film follows U.S. deportees, struggling to survive in Tijuana, living in cardboard shacks and sewer pipes, in an ever-expanding underworld of exiles. The film’s digital VOD release is scheduled for December 16, 2014 via iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, PlayStation, Xbox, VUDU, Vimeo on Demand, VHX, Gumroad, Google Play, and others. For additional information, please visit http://exilenation.org/the-plastic-people.
“Are We All One? – social engineering and the “Alternative Culture”
In the wake of the Holocaust, Western Elites set themselves to the task of studying and understanding the origins of Fascism and the kind of racial and ethnic hatred that led to the extermination of nearly 11 million “undesirables”.
Through the Macy Conferences held in New York (1945 – 1953) and work pioneered at the Frankfurt School and the Institute for Social Research, The Stanford Research Institute, The CIA’s “Human Ecology Fund” (Cornell Univ), and the Esalen Institute, the blueprints for the New Age Religion & Movement were laid.
Although begun benignly, with the intention of creating world peace, after the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the Fascist “counter-revolution” over the next 30 years – with the emergence of the New Left and the secret mind-mapping studies of the Pentagon and the CIA (known as PROJECTS MKULTRA & ARTICHOKE) – a psychological profile was developed, which would serve as the basis for engineering an entire culture whose sole purpose would be to contain and control the left leaning (right-brained) personality that originally gravitated towards revolutionary ideas.
It was introduced amidst a flood of army-produced LSD as “Flower Power” and “The ME Generation” and eventually morphed into the multi-billion dollar commercial New Age market’s “Culture of Narcissism”, all the while convincing the adherents that they were participating in a revolutionary subculture that was “Evolving” the human race.
ENTHEO SCIENCE 2014 | SEPT 12-14 BERLIN
The Congress “Entheo Science” deals with topics related to mind-altering plants and substances. The adjective – entheogen – is composed of the Greek terms (s = in), (theos = God) and (genesthai = cause) together. For a spiritual experience is called, which is perceived as an all-unit and is often described with use of certain drugs. A cultural study of Felicitas Goodman / Erika Bourguignon shows that 437 out of 488 companies have in different parts of the world have institutionalized, culturally shaped ways to experience altered states of consciousness.
OPEN MIND CONFERENCE | 2014 – SEPT 20-21 COPENHAGEN
For the third straight year the Open Mind Conference on alternative history and research returns to Denmark, this time in the beautiful historical capital, Copenhagen. Open Mind brings together free thinkers from around the world to educate and inspire a new generation of free thinkers. This year our keynote speakers are Max Igan & Charles Shaw.
AYA2014 |SEPTEMBER 25-27, IBIZA, SPAIN
In the last decade, the interest and use of ayahuasca has expanded exponentially. This phenomenon has both activated the advancement of scientific research into its effects, risks and therapeutic potential, as well as serious legal, ethical and sustainability challenges. The World Ayahuasca Conference 2014, organized by the ICEERS Foundation, aims to be a multidisciplinary event that brings together leading scientists, legal experts, practitioners. environmentalists and other experts involved in the ayahuasca field, facilitating the interchange of experience and knowledge, and the birth of new synergies and collaborations through the formal presentations and round tables, workshops and debates, as well as the informal events of the conference.
The Phoenix Project will follow the life stories of a collection of people in the US and UK (EU) who have all undergone massive trauma at one point in their lives, plunged to the depths of despair, had a moment of awakening and a turning point, and then proceeded into a long healing process, emerging at the other end a recovered individual, engaged in art, community, and social justice.
While Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium depicts a highly exaggerated science-fiction future, and Charles Shaw’s The Plastic People presents the grim conditions of the all-too-real present, the inspiration for both films came suddenly and unexpectedly from the same brutal streets of Tijuana, Mexico.
“A documentary, at its best, challenges an audience to unpack their biases and face the facts on the ground. The camera remains the most effective arbiter of virtual presence. Its lens pierces through the obfuscating fog of distance and assumption, letting the truth shine through. From our comfortable positions in our own Elysiums, we step into the gutters of El Bordo, we squeeze into the dusty alleys between the squalid shanty houses. We witness the suffering of fellow human beings. We listen, we learn. Strangers become momentary acquaintances. Instead of calling for the mass deportation of “illegal aliens”, we are forced to look one young man in the eye and tell him that he shouldn’t be allowed to see his wife and child. In a real conversation, in real human terms, there is hope. This is something we can fix.”
“I’m here to tell you that apathy isn’t it. And we can all do something if we try.” ~ John Lennon
“I just considered it part of my job. If you were gonna be a revolutionary, you were gonna have to go to prison.” ~ John Sinclair
John Sinclair is best known as the Sixties marijuana activist who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for giving two joints to an undercover policewoman. He was eventually freed when John Lennon and Yoko Ono spoke out on his behalf. Less understood is his role as the founder and chairman of the radical anti-war group, The White Panther Party, an offshoot of the Black Panthers.
What do the movie Fight Club, Woodstock ’99, and the Battle in Seattle all have in common?
Revisiting the “Might-geist” of the Millennium
a short film by CHARLES SHAW