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Our film, An Amazing Brain Adventure is
facing marketing and distribution challenges throughout the US.
Many of you have seen and enjoyed "What The Bleep", a film that got
its start exactly in this way, entered in film festivals (first at the
Sedona International Film Festival in Sedona Arizona.)
But I - WE- need your help-- YOU.
I have invested TENS of thousands of dollars of my own money-
borrowed, actually-- to produce this film. My sale of Brain Books and
Music barely cover my living expenses, and minimum payments on the
Entering each film festival this fall, and there are a few dozen
opportunities this fall 2005 to have this film seen and distributed,
will cost between $30 and $90 for each festival. Sedona, for example,
is $45. The AFI festival, which we are entering tonight cost $85. The
Denver International Film Festival entered last week cost $50.
Besides the festivals, there are expenses
of produceing this film which all fell on my shoulders alone- and which I bore
all the expenses- thousands of copies of the DVD will need to be sold just to
Donations are being used to help pay back
equipment costs, time, and film festival entrance fees, as well as things like
postage, communications, travel, etc. You name it, it takes green energy.
One day we hope to show a profit on the
film- till then, your help is so important and valuable, you wouldn't believe...
And for every $10 ($30 minimum) you donate to sponsor
our film- you will receive an autographed copy of the
Sponsor a $30 fee, you get 3 COPIES. $40=4
DVDs, $70=7 DVDs etc
And you will get a
citing you as
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Plus- YOU ARE MY HERO!!! (well, you're that anyway for being in this
What do you say? I'm counting on YOU. The Brain Revolution is
something I can't do all by myself-- it takes your help
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We now have sponsors for Los Angeles' biggest film festival- the AFI
and the Denver International Film Festival. There are many more to go!
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Having been a student of film since I was 5 years old, and a screenwriter myself for the past twenty, I found Mirror to be a very provocative film. Why provocative? Because unlike many films I view, this one made me think! I find that very appealing in any film. Many films on the market today have just the entertainment value attached. I can usually go to a film and within the first thirty minutes discover the meaning and the ending. That’s sad not only for the storyteller but for all of us.
We all know the brain can tackle many difficult tasks, yet today it still remains a mystery to most of us. The compilation contained within this amazing brain adventure is just that…. AMAZING! You have managed to unlock our creativity with yours. Not only did it compete for my thought process, the cinema photography contained within this film I felt to be outstanding for not being a major studio undertaking.
The story, commentary and characters, I found not only to be exceptional quality, but people I would love to spend time with…. a welcome addition to any film.
Finally a film you can watch over and over and get a new meaning with every viewing. A film that I wished would never end.
In my mind you have scored a success with Mirror! I can’t wait for your next outing to appear.
James O’Brien Mullica
Screenwriter, Businessman, and Movie Enthusiast
back indoors and couldn't resist putting Mirror on my computer's DVD
player even though I was not sure I'd have time to watch it all. Some
synchronicity at work here: yesterday evening the tools appeared (thanks
to my wife) which enabled me to fix the sound system on my computer
which had been out of action for the last two months.
The Prelude is a delightful surprise and alone was worth the price of
the DVD. Plenty of amygdala clicks going on whilst I was watching this.
Particularly good to see the footage of T.D.A. Lingo and the Dormant
Brain Research and Development Laboratory.
Then the main feature. WOW! Sat there with a smile on my face and my
brain clicking all the way through it. Neil, it's AWESOME: gorgeously
shot, beautifully sound tracked, and Mind-Blowing in concept. Will set
aside some time this weekend to see it again, but this time on my TV and
Congratulations and thanks again.
movie reminds us to see the “Magical” side of life. Mirror shows
treasures are created from seemingly mundane things and moments when
clicked forward with positive intension. “Child Play” life is not
just fun, you can take it to the bank!
Great movie to watch with friends,
because it inspires frontal lobes thought, and conversation! An
interesting question to play with after the movie is, “how many
watchers are there with the big binoculars?”
Watch without the Audio Commentary
first, then with. There is meaning to every part of the movie, and it
reminds us to train our minds to notice everything.
It is not necessary but reading or
listening to “Mirror” in Frontal Lobes Supercharge may enhance the
experience. [Note: This is now included in the DVD, and it's nearly a
completely different additional 42 minute story].
Cover for DVD just being a
“Mirror” is very cool.
Sounds and soundtrack are really
really great. End of credits very funny. [Make
sure and wait till ALL the credits are done- there's a surprise].
Great Bike! Great old truck!"
Simpson, Boulder Colorado, IBM
WOW. Very moving."
have just received the book "Brain Magic" and love the DVD
Mirror An Amazing Brain Adventure... I have dissolved clouds and made
perfect circles within them I couldn't contain myself . Thank you and
thank you again for Mirror. - Leland Miller
Neil, I really like the film. It
is different, fresh, natural, and beautiful. It makes you think
and brings your forgotten memory of unexplainable experiences back.
Each time I watched it, I found something I had missed.
I like the way you present it.
The prelude not only indicates the origin and making of the film, but
also introduces the main theme -- reality is a reflection. To
watch the film is like to enjoy a understated multidimensional
symphony. The scenes move like continuum of impressionist
paintings, accompanied by pleasant music, almost without the distraction
of spoken words. Occasional dialogues are short and natural.
No shooting or kicking. No
screaming or cursing. Sparce speech and explanation. A
gifted girl naturally turned water into milk, junk into birthday cake,
or stick into a flute and healing wand, painted the wall without
actually painting, restarted a broken car with thought, or offered
friends different drinks they wanted. Yet, noting short of
miracle, the kind of miracle recorded in bible and other ancient
writings. The possibility of transformation between matter
and energy , expressed by Einstein's famous formula, has long been
accepted as truth. The film portraits such transformation as it is.
It tells Mirror's story in a relaxed way. In realty, the
occurrence of paranormal events is everywhere.
Mirror reflected this reality, indicating that paranormal is
The characters are natural and likeable. The
film did not create artificial conflict or tension, rather let people be
-- coexist peacefully, treat one another with respect, share, and help
one another whenever and wherever needed and possible.
Why not? We all have frontal lobes and are capable of clicking amygdala
I appreciate the care you took in
design each scene. The screw driver left on the road, the
long moral Mirror passed by, or the clean painting pad -- each
serves a different purpose in a quiet way.
I love that horse scene --- ten times
natural when they are gracefully running than they are pushed into
competition or battle field, and that dancing scene, framed
with painted boxes which themselves can easily walk into an
abstract painting :-))
Dr. Julia Lu
"Hey Neil, I saw the
rest of the DVD and I really liked it! It was all very cool indeed. I think you should wright a song about Erfie and
Chloe, a song where you sing in it, (I personally think that you have a
very beautiful singing voice), and put it on their website. Thanks for
creating the Mirror movie and the rest of the cool and interesting stuff
on the DVD. It's all awesome!
-Telah Bhavah Groove, massage therapist
Pro Film Critic Doug
Gerash adds his two cents- here's a few excerpts:
"...Mirror is the story of a young woman (Emily Choi) who, like Mr.
Slade, is endowed with unusual psychic power. The drama of the
story lies in the conundrum of the fact that she is largely unaware of
these powers. She has a good heart and finds herself applying her
magic to those who are in need, such as the Buster Keaton-like Mr.
Vincent (Eric Vincent). After a colorful romp in the mountains
with no one but herself, she discovers a stick. Using her creative
mind, she finally turns it into a colorful cane, which she presents to
Mr. Vincent. The cane imparts its healing energy to his gimpy leg,
and voila, he is made whole again....
The Magoffin in the show
is the pursuit of higher consciousness through a process of
"clicking" Mirror's brain into a cooperative and empathetic
level of consciousness. This process is the holy grail of Mr.
Slade's crusade to get humanity to transcend its current level of
humdrum toil and reptilian violence into a more human and kind
world....an excellent original music score...The electric cinematography
is truly excellent. Mr. Slade has utilized digital tape and applied a 24
fps progressive format creating a smooth, film effect, which indeed give
the show a fine depth and continuity that would otherwise be lacking in
a standard video format. He also uses adept editing...the overall
show has a pleasant and real feel to it. The characters all
touched by Mirror's gift, and we are left with a colorful, meditative
film from the heart that contrasts with the standard mechanical features
that are typical of American mainstream films. It is tempting to
say this film has some European nuances in it, a little Amelie, some
Fellini touches. Most importantly, it is a tribute to the New
Cinema, where an individual can take a story, and with some mastery of
some editing programs, create a personal vision on a scale unprecedented
in the past.- Doug Gerash"
Send in YOUR review to
neil @ neilslade.com
MID-PRODUCTION NOTES (from 2004)
Oh my GOSH-- the story takes twists
and turns that never fail to SURPRISE us. We think the story is going one way, and "Mirror" takes the reigns,
and says; "We are now going THIS WAY!!"
It takes every ounce of frontal lobes cooperative advanced intelligence energy to stay the track on such a
challenging ADVENTURE. It's not a PRETEND story-- its a REAL story. The pitfalls in exploration are many- entropy black holes, twisting serpent devils ready
to trip you up at every turn. But your forward clicked amygdala FRIENDS keep you on course, and the results
are better than anything you could even make up. After one particularly trying episode, I was ready myself to
hand in the towels. My cast and crew wouldn't let me! See the great bunch of Brain Explorers I'm talking about below.
film progresses steadily....Getting into fall, we are having a WONDERFUL
time with the daily adventure surrounding the process of making AND discovering
than a totally scripted out project, we are uncovering and discovering
things about our characters and the story as it unfolds in front of us.
We started with a basic story and outline, and then began the journey of
EXPERIENCING the story as the process of capturing it on film progresses,
almost in real time. It is really very different than the core story that
appears in the Frontal Lobes Supercharge, which was just the kernel
for the idea and this project. Mirror has really ceased to be merely only a
work of fiction, but more a unique melding of story and actual BEING THERE
while things happen, as we witness and delight in unforeseen and magical things happening
before us. Being WITH the film is like stepping into another dimension.
of our locations are artificial sets, but rather extraordinary places lying
at our feet- that we are recognizing as what they are, right around us.
Almost like sliding into the parallel universe that occupies the same space
we call "normal" reality.
Choi continues to bring something indescribably fantastic to Mirror. She really has a wonderfully different personality and presence that comes
across so well. I am totally serious when I tell
you that -literally- people driving by as we shoot exterior scenes pick up
on Emily's aura, and stop their cars in the street to comment upon it
Mor plays Mirror's mom in the
film, and has been friends with me for about ten years. Her daughter Ruti Mor sang in my rock
band The Brain Revolutionaries for a few years, and made an album with me. See Amygdala Brainbites. Ruti recently graduated from Columbia Universtiy
in NYC, but is back in Denver to record something new with me to be used for the soundtrack.
Poindexter plays various roles in the film.
In real life, he's a guitar player, fine artist, and landscape
architect, and has been my friend for over twenty years as well. He is
really one of the most talented people I believe I shall ever have the
pleasure to know. He has this extraordinary creative ability and
adds a wonderful natural spontaneity to the plot. His stage name is Eric
Vincent, and he plays Mr. Vincent in the film, as well as co-creating the soundtrack with me (Neil S.). See his webpage at:
Reginelli is now an undergraduate student
at CU and he runs the colleges radio station, as well as being a writer for a
nationally syndicated newspaper column. He was originally my guitar student when he went to East High School,
and later on I've hired him many times to help me with my book shipments
after big radio shows. He is the hardest working kid I have ever met in
my life, and I've found him extremely self-motivated and focused. He's
one of the principal sound hands for the project when he's not in front
of the camera. See Fun With Body Putty
Wells is one of our crew members and his brother Weston took piano and guitar
lessons from me for fourteen
years. Christian works for the city of Denver,
(and Weston is now in NYC perusing a career in film making.)
And WHO is the Watcher?....
And last, but not least- It's Erfie and Chloe! They are really the stars of this film, but don't tell the humans.
even have their own Dot Com!!
PHOTOS to come soon-- check back in soon!
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