Technology’s promise of 24/7 instant access was seemingly my greatest gift.
It’s now my worst nightmare…
Hi, my name is Lori R Taylor and I’m 100% addicted to overdrive with my iPhone serving as my pimp.
I’m a self-diagnosed “iphoneoholic”.
As our society has quickly morphed from one of entitlement to instant gratification, there is no doubt my iPhone has become my form of crack cocaine. Its sexy allure of streamlining communications is just a ridiculous disguise for the predator of precious time it truly is.
Struggling to resist the daily temptations of endless possibilities and other shiny pennies being tossed my way, I keep waiting for someone to pinch me so I can wake up from the crazy rabbit hole I seem to have fallen into.
Or is it just me???
What’s really sad is the only antidote I’ve found even remotely successful at unplugging me from my digital world happens to be the TV.
My previous “drug” of choice is now the antidote to the never ending razzle, dazzle, frazzle of social media.
Am I really so pathetic as to have to resort to using TV to detox my brain so I can slow my locked-into-overdrive, busy and buzzing brain down to the college roar pace of my family?
(Wow, I must say, that looks even crazier typed out loud….)
Do you find it completely insane that my litter of 5 freaking kids could actually feel slow paced? Oh, how I wish I was just being dramatic…
As multimedia companies find faster and more ways to distribute content and other distractions, I fear it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
Your computer, phone and inbox will continue to become infested with endless marketing messages and more games than you could possible play, unless you learn to stay focused on what is truly important.
The good news is, despite the noise, you really can use technology to transform your life into something magical.
For example, Culture Unplugged a site with socially & spiritually conscious films have recently launched a killer free iPad app “Film Festival TV” to deliver unbelievably motivational documentary style films straight to your fingertips.
However, before you download this life changing app let me offer some words of caution…
WARNING #1 NOT FOR TEENS
These films are NOT the latest popcorn and bubble gum blockbusters.
(Not that there is anything wrong with thrillers, comedies and romantic feel good stories, she mumbled quietly…)
In my opinion, as the traditional movie model continues to struggle, Hollywood has gone into the fetal position. Their willingness to take risks on anything outside of what they know sells, has been dramatically reduced.
Quite frankly, it’s depressing at times, but I do understand the expense of producing movies and the diminishing returns on movies that don’t hit home runs. What I don’t understand is why Hollywood has adopted such low expectations of movie goers when a serious film like Precious knocks it out of the park.
Has it really just come to what will get 14-17 year old boys butts in the seats?
Say it isn’t so…
But with the big bucks continuing to be generated from 14-17 year old boys, it makes it very difficult for those craving “more” eye opening and inspirational films. Like any other industry, as fun as it might look, the movie-makers must monetize to stay in business.
(Although I must say, Green Lantern recently just did that for me – and I got to go with my 14 year old son, chew bubblegum and eat popcorn the whole time – nice!)
The point is, if you are 17 or under these films may not be for you.
WARNING #2 NO PUNCHES PULLED
Mainstream news junkies beware…these are the NOT the same old stories you see on the nightly news.
These stories are coming directly from the people directly affected giving you a rare inside look at both natural and man-made disasters from a more human point of view.
It’s not about how many tickets sell (remember it’s free) – it’s about how many lives they can transform!
WARNING #3 NO YAWNING ALLOWED
Film Festival TV is the OPPOSITE of churned and burned formulaic movie making.
Boasting a line-up of films and documentaries from around the world this is such a truly awesome opportunity for anyone living anywhere to enjoy the experience at their convenience. These insightful films are created by truly caring people striving to make a difference in the world around them. Audiences who give them a chance will find them to be both refreshing and transformational.
Is Film Festival TV right for you?
If you’re like me, enjoying a nice life in middle America (or anywhere in the world)…
Thirsty for more meat from your movies…
If you want to see what has only been available to the “filmies” who attend the exclusive Culture Unplugged Festivals…
Then say “Amen sister” because your prayers have just been answered with the app Film Festival TV.
These films, with carefully crafted and powerful messages woven throughout, will inspire and enlighten you. The experience draws you in, feeling as if you are right there beside them on their incredible journey no matter where you live.
CulturedUnplugged’s mission is eloquently stated as…
“A philanthropic offering to uplift our collective consciousness. We all share the dream of a more compassionate humanity and hope for global harmony-an interconnected world.”
Wow. A big message perhaps? I don’t know…
But what I DO know is the free Film Festival TV app is for people who want to know more and be more. These films are being watched by people who are ready to open their minds and hearts to see what’s really going on in the world.
By giving you a raw unfiltered glimpse into the lives of people who live, laugh and often times suffer, you get a gift of a lifetime.
Pay attention to your mind being opened by seeing disasters, unknown to most of the rest of the world.
The stories are pouring in from over 100 countries including Jordan, Viet Nam, Senegal and Israel…it’s simply incredible.
There is no doubt it’s utterly refreshing to see these stories unfold from the eyes of heart-centered filmmakers with no agenda other than to spread the word. What do you think?
Check out one of these awesome movies, “The Yes Men,” (below) and share your thoughts here…
The Yes Men Fix the World :
Director: Andy Bichlbaum & Mike Bonnano | Producer: Andy Bichlbaum & Mike Bonnano
Genre: Documentary | Produced In: 2009 | Story Teller’s Country: France
Tags: Environment, Global, Globalization, Politics
Synopsis: Equally shocking and hilarious, “The Yes Men Fix the World” is directed by the “Yes Men” (Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno) in collaboration with “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 911” editor Kurt Engfehr, who co-directs. Through this blistering feature documentary, we nervously follow the daring political pranks of two gonzo activists as they take on the fake identity of corporate executives in a bid to highlight the greed and brutal selfishness of some of the world’s biggest and most powerful multi-national corporations.
(And don’t forget to download the Film Festival TV app here at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/film-festival-tv/id437050049?mt=8)
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