Saturday, July 27, 2013


this is from the website for blackfish,  my film friday pick: "blackfish tells the story of tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. along the way, director-producer gabriela cowperthwaite compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.

this emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals."

please support this movie. another indie film that needs our help & our money and time. thanks so much and please share this on fb and twitter!!! blessings, annette

Sunday, July 21, 2013


okay today's film friday(sorry it's sunday) is the incredible documentary entitled 'the house i live in.' it's a stark and honest look at america's war on drugs. it's a movie about social justice as viewed through the criminal justice system, specifically the war on drugs and it's one of the best documentaries i've seen lately. it's also an important film, so please watch it and pass the word on to others. 'the house i live in ' isn't about how bad drugs are, or about the legal incarceration of criminals, it's not even about good vs. evil, it's a story about justice. and money. and injustice and broken systems. here's an interview with the talented director eugene jarecki and another one from a sundance interview with jarecki. let me know what you think about this week's film friday pick. blessings, annette

Friday, July 12, 2013


forks over knives is this week's friday pick. although most of my film friday picks are traditional docs and features, the information in this film is vitally important given the state of our planet and our bodies. i am currently on a retreat; an amazing juice & water fast retreat in northern california, and most of my days are filled with meditation, watching educational, nutritional videos and learning about cooking and wellness. i'm meeting people who are becoming really healthy and a doctor & yoga teacher in their late 60's still working, creating and living amazing, healthy lives. needless to say, i'm having a blast!

forks over knives is one of the most important health-related films i've seen thus far. i say this because it is science-based. the film explains how most degenerative diseases can be eradicated and/or reversed through diet. i know it's a bold claim, and many people poo-poo it as a solution to serious health problems, but the two doctors in the documentary, dr. t. colin campbell and dr. caldwell esselstyn, provide the hard science behind these claims. the film is based on their works: dr. t. colin cambell's the china study, which is regarded as the most comprehensive nutritional study ever done on diet and disease, and dr. esselstyn's prevent and reverse heart disease. the china study is a must read  for anyone interested in health or interested in healing from illness, and prevent and reverse heart disease is a must read for anyone diagnosed with heart disease! also read dr. t. colin campbell's newest book whole: rethinking the science of nutrition.

forks over knives focuses on the real information via scientific studies on nutrition and disease. the film is also a fascinating look at big agriculture, lobbyists, the USDA, FDA and the food industry. but the best way to sum up this film is from the forks over knives website itself:  "the science is clear. if you want to be healthy, change your diet."  blessings, xoxo annette