Founder & Executive Director
Spiritual Cinema Alliance
It is a film that uplifts and inspires, that explores higher realities and the spiritual potential of man and woman.
It is a film that exalts the worth of the individual and shows the triumph of the human spirit over adversity. It is a film that differentiates between light and darkness and affirms light as the essential nature of all things spiritual.
It is a film that leads people, through images, music and messages, to create inner and outer worlds of beauty, truth, love, harmony and happiness.
It's A Wonderful Life
Directed by legendary Frank Capra - one of the most inspiring spiritual films ever produced powerfully illustrating the value of a single human life and the importance of community. Capra said, "There are no rules in filmmaking, only sins. And the Cardinal sin is dullness." Spiritual exalting films do not have to be dull!
Another Frank Capra masterpiece-- showing the dream of Shangri-La, a Utopian society, and the love of "Twin Souls"
Somewhere in Time
Produced by Stephen Simon starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, a love story that transcends time
An absolutely beautiful rendition of Charles Dickens classic novel. Produced in 2002, it features a spiritually and morally exalted hero whose love and decency overcomes opposing forces of hatred, greed, lust and treachery.
Illustrates the continuity of the life of the soul
Starring Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald with a beautiful story of the enduring love of "Twin Souls" that surpasses time and place
A look into the world of fairies and magic - produced by Wendy Finerman who also produced "Forrest Gump," and by Mel Gibson's production company Icon Productions. Look for a cameo by Mel.
Life is Beautiful
Film critic Roger Ebert says: "Life Is Beautiful'' is not about Nazis and Fascists, but about the human spirit. It is about rescuing whatever is good and hopeful from the wreckage of dreams. About hope for the future. About the necessary human conviction, or delusion, that things will be better for our children than they are right now."
George Lucas's first Star Wars film is the classic story of the Hero's Journey, a spiritual journey we are called to take to reach our spiritual potential. "The Power of Myth" as taught by Joseph Campbell was foundational to Lucas's creation of this masterpiece that deals with universal themes and archetypes
starring Michael Keaton, a tremendous story of personal growth and transcendence
Joan Holman with Dean Mitchell who is recognized as one of the finest painters in America and who has been awarded almost every major painting award in the country. Coming from poverty and raised by his grandmother, Dean has risen to the heights of the art world. His work, which deals with the universal themes of life, death, family and psychological and spiritual revelations, has appeared in numerous publications and can be found in private, corporate and museum collections across the United States.
Dr. Reatha Clark King and Joan Holman at Martin Luther King Breakfast
Harvey Mackay, New York Time bestselling author, successful entrepreneur, popular business speaker and a syndicated columnist and financial supporter of Legacy of Achievement television program with Joan Holman
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The New Peter Pan Movie is Truly Spiritually Uplifting!
I want to shout from the rooftops! At last, a film with such beauty,
such magic, such magnificence!! That film is the new Peter Pan!
The world needs such spiritually exalting films.
I laughed, I cried, my spirit soared.
When the film was finished, I was so full of joy, so spiritually
uplifted, so happy that I simply could not leave the theater. I
literally felt my heart open at the end of this movie.
The final credits rolled. Everyone else had left the theater. And I
stood there, transfixed. And my husband and stepdaughter patiently
waited as they could see that I was really quite overcome and that I
wanted to savor the feeling.
I was high, really high, and I stayed high for hours and hours after
There is a moment in the film in which they repeat over and over "I do
believe in fairies, I do! I do!" And I now find myself repeating that
statement over and over and it brings back the joy and exhuberance from
the powerful, magical moment in the movie.
If you have children, take them. If you do not, proceed at once with
your own inner child and go to this film. Personally, I will be going
back to see this film again and will purchase it when it comes out on DVD.
Some of the reviews I have read indicate it might be best for children
six and over since Captain Hook and the pirates and some scenes with
them might be a little frightening for smaller children.
Happy New Year!!!
"The Spiritual Power of Movies"
Article on Neale Donald Walsch's "Conversations with God" web site. Neale states:
"Art is the first and last hope of humanity. Performing artists observe life more deeply and they transform life to others through their art....People are not aware that what they believe is causing how they behave. Beliefs create behaviors. Good art causes us to change our opinions about who we are."
Joan Holman Message to Filmmakers About Using Their Art to Create A Better World:
"Let's use film to create a future world with a Golden Age of peace, beauty and truth. Let's take people to this world -- on the screen -- and implant these images into their consciousness.
Let us paint the beautiful pictures, play the beautiful music, and unleash the power of collective visualization to outpicture the world we all hope for. We know that we create what we imagine, what we visualize. And, wherever we put our attention is where our light, our life force, our creative energies, flow.
By giving our light, our life force, to creating and viewing futuristic films that show darkness, despair, destruction, we are, in fact, creating that very future for this planet. That is the future through the eyes of a pessimist. That is the future through the eyes of people who embrace death, and not life.
The word 'image' represents the concept of 'i-magic,' or 'eye-magic.' When you have thousands, millions, hundreds of millions of people holding their attention on dark images of the future, that is what will be created for the future.
So, let's accept the challenge from Hollywood producer Stephen Simon. He says that people are ready for positive futuristic movies. He spoke about the mythical 'Lemurian dreamers,' people who would dream realities for other people. Let us be the dreamers who dream a reality of absolute magnificence, and who transform the face of the entertainment industry in America and the world!
Of course, we must still adhere to the structural patterns of great storytelling, and these movies must be, as Christopher Vogler says, (author of "The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Storytellers & Screenwriters') 'dramatic, entertaining, and psychologically true.'
See you in the future - and that's a glorious future!"
"Joan Holman has a relentless focus to produce something positive to lift
the human spirit. I can't say enough to describe the GREATNESS of
Joan Holman other than she is in in simple terms a GREAT HUMAN BEING and for
that she will always have my friendship and support."
Dean L. Mitchell, acclaimed artist
"Joan Holman is a truly gifted leader and outstanding community servant. She is creative, sensitive, and committed to the best products, to do the most good, for the most people. She clearly cares for enhancing opportunity for the disadvantaged. Her work is uplifting to others, substantive and inclusive of all races, ages, gender and cultural backgrounds. This is just the kind of person Joan is."
Dr. Reatha Clark King
Chairperson of the Board of Trustees
General Mills Foundation