Published on June 26th, 2013 | by Publisher, Natural Awakenings New Mexico0
July Publisher’s Letter
I’m still flying high from this spring’s spectacular Albuquerque Film and Media Experience. There continues to be much to celebrate. Co-producers Lainie Sevante Quirk and Ivan Wiener stepped out in style to set the event apart by its focus on consciousness raising films and discussions. It brought more than 5,000 people to Duke City from around the world that, like me, returned home infused with memories of the experience.
The Poetry in Motion evening with Thomas Dolby at the Lobo had people dancing in front of the stage as he performed tracks from his latest CD, A Map of the Floating City. The sponsors’ party in the surreal setting of Gertrude Zachary’s former house in downtown Albuquerque made a splash, with gorgeous models in bathing suits surrounding the swimming pool to the beat of live music. (For a moment there, I felt transported to Miami’s renowned South Beach.) Conversations with leading lights, Actor Robert Redford and Robert Lynch, CEO of Americans for the Arts, proved surprisingly intimate and, of course, unforgettable. The following night, Redford’s wife Sybill Szaggars-Redford graced the stage with her artwork accompanied by a live piano performance by Norwegian Composer David Thor Jonsson.
I had the pleasure of screening some of the enlightened films and then interviewing the filmmakers: Leon Stuparich created the documentary Road to Peace about the Dalai Lama’s London visit; Michael Perlin introduced spiritual seekers to a new era in consciousness with his movie 3 Magic Words; German Director Oliver Hauck celebrated our beautiful Mother Earth in The Blue Jewel. As if that wasn’t enough, I also enjoyed interviewing Dolores Cannon, renowned hypnotherapist, UFO investigator and author of 17 books.
All in all, the festival was a great kickoff for summer, which Natural Awakenings is now following up with our July Food Watch issue. The banquet includes interviews with Supermodel Carol Altman, here to demystify a raw food diet, and cookbook author Kris Carr, jazzing things up with her take on a Sexy Crazy kitchen.
Our August themes are “Rethinking Cancer” and Children’s Health”. Whether you provide a service or sell a product or–please let our community know the kind of informed support that is available to people—right here in New Mexico.
Finally, I invite you to enter to win a DVD of the captivating and thought-provoking movie, The Blue Jewel. Simply “Like” us at Facebook.com/NaturalAwakeningsNewMexico sometime this month; we’ll draw 5 names on July 31st and hope to see you soon at another wowzer event around town.