Spiritual movie premieres

The movie focuses on the “indigo children” mystery.
Friday, January 28, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 1:42 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Missouri Theater will be one of more than 700 venues worldwide hosting the premiere Saturday of an independent film about a child with extraordinary spiritual abilities.

“Indigo” is directed by veteran Hollywood producer and filmmaker Stephen Simon, who said the movie is part of a new genre called “spiritual cinema.” Simon coined the term in his 2002 book, “The Force Is With You: Mystical Movie Messages That Inspire Our Lives.”

Spiritual cinema focuses on the healing power of love, the afterlife and the nature of reality and self-discovery, Simon said in a press release for the film, adding that such movies should not be confused with films with traditional religious themes.

“Religion,” Simon said, “reflects the teaching of a particular organized group that, in general, presents specific rules, regulations and rituals that must be followed in order to experience a connection with the divine.”

“Spirituality,” he said, “generally entails a more personal, inner-directed and individual experience of the divine.”

Simon corrals such diverse films as “The Matrix,” “Back to the Future,” “The Sixth Sense” and “What Dreams May Come,” which he also produced, into the broad category of spiritual cinema.

“Indigo” is a film about so-called “indigo children,” whose intuition, creativity, nonconformity and almost-regal sense of entitlement are explained by a mystical spiritual quality. According to the book “The Indigo Children: The New Kids have Arrived,” by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober, an indigo child “displays a new and unusual set of psychological attributes and shows a pattern of behavior generally undocumented before.”

The film stars writer Neale Donald Walsch, who wrote the best-selling “Conversations with God” series, as the patriarch of a troubled family whose problems are healed by his 10-year-old “indigo” granddaughter.

The film was originally set to premiere at the Interfaith Center, but demand for tickets quickly surpassed the center’s 60-seat capacity, said the Rev. Marci DeVier, its director and founder.

In addition to renting the theater, DeVier also had to rent a DVD projector, which left her no money to market the film. Nonetheless, the film has generated a lot of interest, DeVier said, because it reflects a message that will resonate with mid-Missourians.

“People are looking for encouragement and empowerment,” said DeVier “It’s time for a generation of a lot more awareness and a lot more love.”

The film begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $11. Additional showings are Sunday, at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., at the Interfaith Center, 4006 W. Broadway.

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