By Alan Scherstuhl
By Amy Nicholson
By Charles Taylor
By Stephanie Zacharek
By Brian Feinzimer
By CAROLINA DEL BUSTO
By AMY NICHOLSON
By Amy Nicholson
It was May 1. We had arranged for a premiere at the Playboy Mansion for May 15, and we didn't have the money to finish the edit. Enter angel No. 4, Dr. Mark Fortune, whose contributions saved the day. But we needed the days and all the nights to finish. I remember being stuck in Lakers' NBA Finals traffic at 5 p.m. on the 10 freeway, and the premiere [was scheduled] at the mansion at 6. The sound engineer called to say that my company credit card didn't process, and he couldn't release the master he had just finished. That hole in my stomach didn't fill until a courier handed me the master at Hef's gate with less than a half-hour to screening. We had so many angels help out in this production that I truly feel this film was destined to be made, with or without me.
Nihi screens at Edwards Island, 999 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach. April 17, 1:30 p.m.; and at the Orange County Museum Of Art, 850 San Clemente Dr., Newport Beach. April 17, 3:30 p.m.
I had a bit of luck with investments and founding a few banking firms, which I sold to Fidelity and E*Trade, so it seemed right to give something back through our nonprofit organization and try to resurrect some ancient wisdom. Hey, the world needs it! It was Plato who coined the term "Great Year" to describe the cycle the Earth and man go through during the 24,000-year precession period, where the equinox can be seen moving through each of the 12 houses of the Zodiac, one every 2,000 years on average. Astronomers and astrologers alike agree we are at the dawning of the "Age of Aquarius," and the ancients said this is a time of positive change—although change is often preceded by misunderstanding or turmoil.I've never taken astrology very seriously, but one of the things I liked about your film was that it wasn't pushy about it, and you obviously tried to be as scientific as possible. What inspired you to take that more rigorous approach, instead of the more typical, mystical approach?
I never thought much about astrology myself, but it is clear the electromagnetic spectrum of our nearest star [the sun] has a profound effect on life on Earth. So, it did not seem that far-fetched to think that if we are in a binary system and moving in and out of the EM [electro-magnetic] field of a nearby star, it, too, might have an effect on man much like our own sun causes the seasons. Turns out there is a whole bunch of highly acclaimed research papers to support various facets of this hypothesis. I just thought it time to tell the story.How did you go about securing James Earl Jones to work on this film? I did find myself wondering, "Does he believe in all this stuff?"
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