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The Spiritual Cinema Circle grew out of a collaboration between film producer Stephen Simon and psychologists Kathlyn and Gay Hendricks. Stephen had produced several movies with spiritual themes, such as Somewhere In Time and What Dreams May Come, and had given talks and seminars on the emerging genre that he coined Spiritual Cinema. During that time, the Hendricks had created a non-profit foundation dedicated to creating a new consciousness in mass media.

Stephen says: "I knew of Katie and Gay Hendricks through their books on relationships like Conscious Loving, but I didn't meet them in person until 1998. I was immediately impressed by how dedicated they were to helping build a new kind of consciousness in the world and we became good friends.”

The concept for The Spiritual Cinema Circle actually came to Gay during meditation one day in 2003, after which he immediately called Stephen. 

Gay tells what happened: "In meditation that morning, I had a flash of insight: I saw exactly how we could create a community of conscious movie-lovers who could change the world. The insight came in a split-second, and after meditation here's what I wrote down: 'There are wonderful, inspiring movies being made by creative filmmakers all over the world, but hardly anybody is getting to see them because Hollywood isn't distributing them. The Hollywood studios don't seem to think there's a market for movies with heart and soul. At the same time there are millions of us around the world who aren't going to the movies much anymore because we're tired of the violence and mindlessness of the typical Hollywood stuff. Why don't we scout the film festivals, find the great spiritual-themed movies Hollywood is ignoring, and bring them to people at home on DVD?’

"After I wrote it down, I called Stephen and told him about the insight I'd just had. He agreed with me that there was a huge audience of people who wanted to grow and transform through the movies they watched, and they were frustrated because there weren't more movies that really mattered. Right there on the phone we sketched out a plan. Even with paying filmmakers, duplication and postage charges, we saw that we could still deliver tremendous value to people for a very low subscription fee. I had read that two people spend $30 or so to go to a movie theater (with the popcorn, sodas and candy accounting for more than half of that sum). I figured we could bring a whole package of great features, shorts and documentaries to people every month for a lot less than that!"

“None of us took any salaries in the early days—it was all done as a labor of love. Three months after we launched The Circle in March 2004, we got an enthusiastic write-up in Newsweek Magazine, followed by dozens of stories in other media outlets. It seemed that we had struck a chord with people around the world, because we soon had members in more than 50 countries."

We're deeply grateful to our global community of conscious movie-lovers and filmmakers who are indeed helping change the world... one movie at a time.

KATIE AND GAY HENDRICKS

Gay Hendricks and Kathlyn Hendricks have been pioneers in the fields of body intelligence and relationship transformation for more than forty years.

Through their programs, Katie and Gay have empowered hundreds of coaches around the world to add a body intelligence perspective to enhance fields from medicine to sports psychology, education and personal growth.

In 2003, Katie and Gay co-founded The Spiritual Cinema Circle, along with Stephen Simon, acclaimed producer of movies such as Somewhere in Time and What Dreams May Come. The SCC team has brought the work of hundreds of talented filmmakers to thousands of fans worldwide.

Katie and Gay have authored more than forty books, including such bestsellers as Conscious Loving, The Big Leap, Conscious Loving Ever After and The Joy of Genius. They have appeared on more than 500 television and radio programs, including Oprah, 48 Hours, CNBC and others. More information on Drs. Hendricks can be found at www.hendricks.com.

STEPHEN SIMON

Mentored by Hollywood legends such as Ray Stark (producer of The Way We Were, The Goodbye Girl, Funny Girl, and Annie) and Dino De Laurentiis (producer of over 150 films, including Serpico, 7 Days of the Condor, and King Kong), Stephen Simon is a highly regarded and well respected veteran producer and executive with over 40 years of experience in the entertainment industry, producing or being responsible for the production of over 20 motion pictures.

Stephen produced acclaimed projects such as the Academy Award Winning What Dreams May Come (Robin Williams, Annabella Sciorra, and Cuba Gooding Jr.), the romantic classic Somewhere In Time (Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour), All The Right Moves (Tom Cruise) and was an executive producer on fan favorite Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (Keanu Reeves).

In 2001, Stephen became so disillusioned with his inability to make more story-based, spiritual films in Hollywood that he not only left the mainstream industry, he moved out of California. 

Relocating to Oregon, Stephen wrote The Force Is With You: Mystical Movie Messages That Inspire Our Lives, a seminal book about the genre Stephen coined "Spiritual Cinema."

In 2003, Stephen made his directorial debut with Indigo, (starring Neale Donald Walsch).

In 2004, Stephen co-founded The Spiritual Cinema Circle with Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks.

In 2006, Stephen produced and directed the film version of Neale Donald Walsch’s New York Times’ Best Seller Conversations With God.

Along with Acquisitions Director Anna Darrah, Stephen continues to host the monthly film discussions on all SCC monthly DVDs.

ANNA DARRAH

Anna Darrah is Director of Acquisitions for Spiritual Cinema Circle, and co-host along with Stephen Simon of the monthly SCC film discussions. After licensing films for SCC and Gaiam for 12 years, she became an independent distribution consultant, helping filmmakers to better understand distribution and create strategic plans for their films’ releases.

Anna also loves making films. She co-produced Meow Wolf: Origin Story; produced and directed 2 short documentaries in the Zillow: Homemakers Series; and produced Sundance Channel Films American Waitress and Darren Vigil Gray; Counterclockwise. She is also the President of Santa Fe Network, the first place-based network.

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