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Spiritual Cinema Circle

"movies that will warm your heart, expand your mind, and stir your soul"


Got Netflix? Or maybe you've bought into some kind of streaming service or magic black box. Those of us with only [gasp] over-the-air broadcast television get a few movies on the national network channels. Of course, cable subscribers and satellite dish owners get all those HBO-Cinemax-Starz-Encore-Lifetime-FX-Showtime channels where they can choose from millions of movies, right?!?!?

Well.... the issue still boils down to just what type of movies appear in those venues. Have you ever wanted to watch something other than the latest exploding end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it disaster flick? Welcome to the club. And what a club it is; it's the Spiritual Cinema Circle.

Steven Simon, producer of such films as Somewhere in Time, What Dreams May Come, and Indigo, took up the challenge. Through his connections in the film industry, Simon tracks down an incredible variety of good films not always blessed with the ticket-and-popcorn sales required by major distributors before they fund production. Simon's outcome? A monthly subscription service, called the Spiritual Cinema Circle, that provides three to five full-length features and shorts on DVDs you never need to return. In fact, the goal is for you to pass them along to friends and expand the audience.

About the Circle, Simon notes: "I'm not exaggerating when I say that some of the best movies made every year go virtually unseen. The major distributors won't touch the most heartful, soul-satisfying movies, because they don't think there's enough money in it for them, and even the independent distributors often overlook quality films. Remember, the mainstream movie business literally runs as much on popcorn sales as ticket sales. Big, violent, action movies bring in audiences that eat those huge $7 boxes of popcorn and those 32-ounce $4 cups of soft drinks. That's why theater owners want them, and that's why Hollywood makes them."

Full-length and short movies are selected each month for the Circle based on the love and passion of their makers and their message. Many have been seen only by attendees at worldwide film festivals, but they don't have the commercial appeal for wide release in the United States.

If you liked Whale Rider or What the Bleep, you'll like the films selected for the Spiritual Cinema Circle. If you look forward to watching films with powerful, uplifting, life-enriching content, this monthly subscription service — where the DVDs are yours to keep and share forever — may be just the gift you can give to yourself and your friends all year long.


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