“Time is Art” is ultimately the story of an artist’s search for inspiration in a money-driven society that shuns creativity, and of the human search for meaning in a seemingly meaningless world. Presented as a cinematic meditation along the lines of Waking Life and Samsara, this unconventional documentary film takes an experimental approach that allows us to experience a reality less concerned with linear storytelling, and more open to the cyclical patterns of nature, the hidden meanings of symbols, and the dreamlike overlapping of people, places, and moments.
For those paying attention, we are living in extraordinary times. People have always made extraordinary art and overcome extraordinary challenges so why is now any different from the past? Where traditional media has failed to inform us, independent voices have risen to educate the people about what is really going on. Technology puts content and the ability to make content within reach for anyone that has curiosity, creativity and discipline. The documentary film, Time is Art, was born from that combination of necessity and opportunity, seized by passionate creatives looking for a hungry audience with the hope that such important ideas are considered more and more legitimate in the mainstream. While it’s true that many of the claims we make are esoteric and mysterious in nature, if you check into any one of the artists, scholars, activists and scientists featured in the the film Time is Art, you’ll see they have very strong legs to stand on. Their books, such as Rupert Sheldrake’s “The Science Delusion”, have a backing in science’s rigorous methods. We are making this film because it is imperative that these ideas get out into the mainstream if we are to continue to create a more balanced world that cares for the well being of the planet and it’s people. Self-awareness empowers the shift towards a more sustainable way of life where we are more connected to nature and to ourselves.
It’s rare when everything lines up for the underdog documentary project and it’s under resourced creative team. It is also rare for an artist to be able to pinpoint the exact source of their ideas or even how they ultimately end up executing ideas that were once completely abstract. There is obviously vision and talent involved, but sometimes there is something more to it – what many artists call a “divine spark” of inspiration – that which is mysterious and oftentimes, unexplainable. It is important to note that this entire transmedia project has been a co-creation between a group of talented artists, each contributing an important skill throughout the production process and trusting the very phenomenon we were documenting; synchronicity. This mysterious phenomenon is a template, a guide, to our creative process that allows things to just happen, to breathe and flow as opposed to forcing the outcome. The exploration of the nature of time has truly become the driving force behind many of our artistic choices.
Visionary art, that which is ahead of its time, is often misunderstood and overlooked. Yet over time it eventually reveals its secrets to the world. Although we are at a very peculiar moment in human history, the time feels right for telling a story of this kind. Millions of people buy books, read articles, and watch documentaries about spirituality and supernatural experiences because they’ve had something unexplainable happen to them and want to explore it further. We have come to realize over time that we all share this connection and we call it the “collective dream”. The spiritual path we follow can be better understood through art, community, and conversation. Thus, the transmedia project becomes a tool we can use at conferences and retreats for individuals who want to explore these topics more in depth. We plan to develop and facilitate workshops around the world, screening the film and assisting groups of people in co-creating transformative projects together. This type of direct action is happening all over the world. People are starting schools, retreat centers, community centers, wildlife sanctuaries, permaculture farms, building earthships and ecovillages. The time feels right and we are confident our film can reach an international audience itching for this kind of experience.
Produced by Things Are Changing Productions
Katy is a Brooklyn based filmmaker that received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Transmedia from the University of Texas at Austin and has always seen herself as a multidisciplinary artist. Her first short films were screened at the Dallas Video Fest, SXSW, and more recently, the Red Hook International Film & Video Fest, the International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts, and the Radar International Independent Film Fest. She also runs a record label, maintains a music catalog, and contributes in any way she can, whether it be music, writing, behind the camera, editing or animation and graphics. She and her husband Joel formed Things Are Changing Productions for “seekers of conscious media”. Katy is a student of spiritual philosophy and was inspired to create her first feature documentary film after reading a book by Jose Arguelles and visiting sacred Mayan sites and temples in 2012. She has spent the last three years researching the subject of synchronicity, consciousness and related fields.
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Joél is a Brooklyn based creative artist, entrepreneur, and social activist with a tendency to speak about the future in optimistic terms. A thought leader, his multidisciplinary approach to manifesting new projects has a lot to do with his observation that technology is giving birth to new social movements. Society’s attitude towards new forms of storytelling has lead him towards transmedia activism, where collaboration is key, and changing what we don’t like around us is a prime directive. Agitating and disrupting, while also empowering and enlightening, are strong incentives for an artist like Mr. Mejia. He is most passionate about the potential of art to document the human condition. Joel focuses on themes of personal transformation, shamanic initiation and the synthesis between technology, spirituality, economics, and sustainability. Each of those themes can be found in most of his work, including his current feature film, Time is Art: Synchronicity and the Collective Dream. This film is the artist’s latest foray into transmedia storytelling, a limitless medium to explore in the form of compelling stories.
Maia is an award-winning, internationally broadcast TV and Film Director/ Producer and passionate Human Rights and Environmental Change Agent whose aim has been making a positive difference through the power of Media. Seeking to build bridges of tolerance, understanding and peace she’s traveled 3 continents producing/ directing over 60 hours of Emmy award winning documentary series including among others, NBC’s Genealogy/Family History series “Who Do You Think You Are” with Brook Shields & Susan Sarandon, PBS “History Detectives” featuring Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, “Voices of DreamTown” a story about race equality in sports commissioned for Frontline World, Make a Wish foundation special for TLC and MTV’s multiple emmy award winning series “True Life”: inspiring stories of teens over coming drug addiction, transgender prejudice, body dismorphia, obesity and phobias. One of Maia’s True Life stories on Teens addicted to Crystal Meth was awarded the 2007 Prism Award: The Art of Making a Difference. She has taught at various film schools and volunteers for many NGO’s including Lifenets – Save Darfur, Coalition for Peace and Justice, Success for Kids and Sustainable Intentional Eco community projects. Documenting challenging subject matter with a sensibility for capturing personal character driven stories with universal human themes, Maia’s passion has continued to be working to transform social misconceptions, inspire compassion, human dignity and UNITY through a deeper understanding of our world.
Jennifer Palmer is a writer and a producer. She worked as General Manager of Evolver and Reality Sandwich through the Fall of 2012. Her essay about interdependence, telepathy and Twitter is in the Penguin anthology, “Toward 2012: Perspectives on the Next Age.” Her writing is also featured in “The Sync Book: Myths, Magic, Media and Mindscapes” and most recently, “Exploring the Edge Realms of Consciousness: Liminal Zones, Psychic Science, and the Hidden Dimensions of the Mind.” She is currently working on ‘Time is Art’ the book.
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