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My life in the gift economy attracts an amazing number of adventures that I would have never ever thought of in the past. This January 2016, Maji, a dear friend of mine, invited me to join her at the Küstendorf film and music festival. This festival comes out of the creative mind of filmmaker, actor and musician, twice Palme d’Or winner, Emir Kusturica. An fascinating context that inspires me to share some thoughts about filmmaking.

Storytelling, our most ancient and natural way to embrace reality

Writing appeared quite recently in human history, while speaking takes us to the origins of humankind. 50,000 years ago we already shared stories. We can consider storytelling as the oldest and most natural way to share reality and build a social experience of it.

Stories, but what stories? Some of them operate as the founding pillars of cultures. They travel from one generation to another and they spread across civilizations. We designate them as myths or tales. Snow White for instance has spread all across Europe, in different variations, long before modern media would make it a worldwide tale. Mythologies, ancient and modern, always offer an ecosystem of stories that describe how we see and understand the world that surrounds us. They socialize the experience we have of the ultimate nature of reality, and how we can grow in this given reality. Do myths belong to the past? Certainly not. The adventures of Ulysses in the Odyssey, or the story of evolution from atoms to stars to humanking, don’t have much difference. Both reflect our current understanding reality in metaphoric ways. The words “particle” or “wave” or “field” in modern culture have no more and no less abstraction or belief in them than “Zeus” or “Olympus” in the past.

 

Build the right myth, you will steer the crowds

Storytelling has many, many advantages:

  • Everyone can tell a story and everyone remembers a story, even at an early age. It has nothing to do with how much diplomas we have in our pocket.
  • Stories don’t force you believe into something. You can relate to a story in your own personal way. It inspires you according to your sensitivity and your maturity.
  • If they come in the form of myths or tales, stories contain many layers: factual data of course, but also archetypes, memes, initiations, universal truths, alchemy, sacred geometry, science, etc.

Movies like Star Wars, The Hobbit or Harry Potter have spread specific world views and human experience all across the planet. I see the people creating these stories as having the most important power on Earth. Build the right myth, you will steer the crowds.

The Küstendorf Film (and music) Festival wants to support and give visibility to young engaged filmmakers out of the mainstream imperialistic cinema, hence the reason why it awards short films rather than mainstream blockbusters.

 

How can stories manipulate you, make you regress or evolve?

The power of Myths and Tales

What evolutionary filmmakers should know today

I feel quite amazed that many

What do I call an evolutionary filmmaker?

Collective intelligence

Short definition, object links, etc.

For story writing but also how to build CI around filmmaking itself.

Invisible architectures

Maps of consciousness

Examples through spiral dynamics & ego-socio-world-kosmic

 

Why not create a festival about evolutionary storytelling?

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