Transformative Media Panel

Human beings are made of stories; the myth and meanings which weave our worlds – they thread our social fabric, reinforces our beliefs and help us makes sense of our connection to each other and place.

In the United States, we have gone from 90% of media being owned by 50 companies in 1989 to that same 90% being controlled by 6 companies by 2011. We are in a quickening, becoming ever more influenced by a dangerous consolidation of capitalist driven dominant narratives.

Join a panel of storytellers who currently occupy the fringes, contributing evolutionary narratives to the noetic web by weaving new myths, which inherently afford human beings the possibility to believe and perceive of a more beautiful and regenerative future.

Ian MacKenzie is an award-winning filmmaker & media activist based in Vancouver. His work has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic TV, CBC Documentary, The Globe and Mail, Adbusters, and film festivals around the world. He co-produced Velcrow Ripper’s feature film Occupy Love (2013), and more recently released the short film Reactor (2013).Sacred Economics (2012) is one of his most popular web films, in collaboration with author Charles Eisenstein. Ian’s previous short The Revolution Is Love (2011) was named one of the top 10 Occupy films to watch 2011. His newest featured documentary Amplify Her, exploring the rising feminine in electronic music, will be released in 2016.

John Wolfstone is a new paradigm filmmaker, rites of passage guide and cultural designer
based in Northern California. Over the past 9 years, he has used filmmaking, the somatic arts, and community building as tools of conflict resolution and peacemaking in conflict zones from rural Guatemalan villages, to Middle Eastern refugee camps and inner cities in the U.S. In 2016, he co-founded the media collected, Re/Culture Media which is dedicated to telling the stories of the regenerative culture, and producing their latest feature, Healing of Love, about the revolutionary work of the Tamera Peace Research Village in Portugal. In addition John has produced three “love schools” on the West Coast in collaboration with Tamera. John presents his work internationally, and continues the research through curating events at the intersection of myth, ritual, and village, and regular community practice in Northern California. John also mentors youth part-time in Wilderness Rites of Passage in Oakland, California.

Julia is a filmmaker, photographer, performance artist and community builder based in the San Francisco Bay Area. A roving documentarian, she empowers the rising feminine movement across the globe through visual storytelling. From the darkness, co-producing films alongside Oscar nominated filmmakers about subjects such as child soldiers and Wikileaks – to the light, now making her first feature film called UNION about evolutionary love, alternative relationship paradigms and Burning Man culture. She is also multi-lingual, a Master NLP Practitioner, Orgasmic Meditator, and a Sensual Surrealism image maker.