MILTON'S SECRET - THE MOVIE - from the book by ECKHART TOLLE

author of THE POWER OF NOW, and ROBERT FRIEDMAN, publisher of CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD
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Milton's Secret
Film
Vancouver
Canada
11 Team Members

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A dramatic feature film based on the book by Eckhart Tolle and Robert S. Friedman. Milton's Secret is a coming of age story about an 11-year-old boy growing up in an economically depressed suburb, and the elderquest of his grandfather. Milton's troubles seem to be coming from every direction. His mother and father are workaholics with marital and financial problems, and he is being bullied at school. Fear and dread are everywhere. When his unconventional grandfather visits, Milton learns that rehashing bad experiences and worrying about the future are preventing him from finding true happiness in the Now.

Author: ECKHART TOLLE # 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Power of Now and A New Earth, two of the most influential spiritual books of our time.

Co-Author: ROBERT FRIEDMAN - The visionary co-founder of Hampton Roads Publishing, and the publisher of Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch.

Scriptwriters: DONALD MARTIN and BARNET BAIN

Director: BARNET BAIN

Producers: BARNET BAIN, STEPHEN HUSZAR, RYAN LOCKWOOD

Attached Cast: Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner PETER FONDA

"This is a surprisingly strong script. Admittedly, I had preconceptions about a script based on a book by Eckhart Tolle, a spiritual author. Instead of a didactic piece, Milton's Secret is a well-written, slightly absurdist coming of age dramedy written with wit, emotional resonance, and some pathos."
-Astral Network's Harold Greenberg Fund *
"I like the way in which it has grown from the original foundation of the book, and how it in a way has become more contemporary than the book. The screenplay is really directed to this time period - it reflects the challenges that so many people go through. It shows that ultimately the true resolution of these challenges do not lie at the external level, the true resolution lies on the inner level."
-Eckhart Tolle

* Our award-winning script was developed with the support of Astral's Harold Greenberg Fund

We decided to turn to crowdfunding to reduce our dependence on traditional film business interests, to build valuable awareness for our project and to offer fans the opportunity to become involved and co-create this project with us, while protecting the integrity of the subject matter. Director, Barnet Bain explains it in his own words below:

LETTER FROM BARNET BAIN:

Over the years, no matter where I went, I'd always hear the same question: "Why aren't there more movies for people like us, people who are interested in spirituality, healing, green issues, and personal development? We like entertainment too." I've made a career focused on creating transformational movies, and they have trickled out; oh, so slowly including... What Dreams May Come (Oscar Winner), Homeless to Harvard (Emmy Nominated, Best Picture), The Celestine Prophecy (Milan Festival Award Winner), The Linda McCartney Story, The Lost & Found Family, and Quantum Project.

The hard truth is that transformational entertainment has not been on the radar of the big companies who need to reach the most possible people with the least amount of time and resources expended. No movie studio or financier believes there is a profitable business case for our brand of movies, so it has always been a struggle to make them.  Then, not long ago, things began to happen that made me think it could be different.  Oprah Winfrey started her own television network. A few exceptional corporations - Whole Foods, Patagonia, IKEA, Toyota, and others - started practicing conscious capitalism. Meanwhile, authors like Eckhart Tolle, Jack Canfield, Neale Donald Walsch, and Deepak Chopra sold more than a billion books. Spirituality was going mainstream.

So, I made the industry rounds again with my pet project, Milton's Secret. Although everyone was very supportive, I found that their same old requirement to make it appeal to the broadest possible audience would totally change what our movie is about; its characters, plot, who could be cast in it, and, yes, especially all that "power of now stuff". There was a time when I would have found this terribly discouraging. Now I realize it is a Godsend. Maybe I am growing up.

We want to make this movie exactly as our transformational audience wants to see it, without anyone insisting on changes so it can be shoehorned into their worldview. This movie is no tutorial. It is an entertaining family drama, one where people of all ages will walk away with coping skills for keeping curiosity, compassion, and enthusiasm alive. It is a story infused with practical tools that enable children and parents alike to manage stress and to pay attention to what really matters amidst the frantic pace of life... to be captivated by what really matters.

It is about the power of Now. In a very tangible way, Indiegogo is about the power of Now, too. And it's about the power of co-creation... That's why we are taking the leap! This is scary. If we fall flat, we fall flat big and publicly. Yeah, I have those issues. On the other hand, we could show that making feature films about love and transformation is an idea whose time has come. We could send the world a message. So with your help, we can be off and running.To paraphrase the great man, "We can be the message we wish to see..." So let it be!

Love,

How we create this movie is as important as what we are creating. Crowdfunding offers an opportunity to consciously create the world around us - to support projects that matter to us. If you feel that it's important for transformational films like this to be made, then we invite you to BE THE CHANGE and co-create this project with us! Share this with your friends, your networks and communities - and if you feel compelled to jump in as one of our financial co-creators, please check out all the amazing rewards we're offering on the sidebar, and find the level that feels right for you. Then, all you have to do is "click" and we begin this creation together, right... Now.

The more support we receive from you, the more effectively we can co-create this movie in a way that holds true to it's values and core messages.  Our goal is to raise $1,000,000, though less than that is sufficient to meet the shortfall in our finance plan. All monies raised through this campaign will be supplemented by a combination of private equity, government tax credits and other funds. This is enough to produce the movie at a budget level of approximately $2M - $3M. What if we raise more than our initial goal? We may proceed independently of third party participation, as well as increase production value and attention to detail. In other words it will look better, sound prettier, and most important, reach more people and screens.

TRANSFORMATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT

This video features Eckhart Tolle and Barnet Bain as they discuss their vision for Transformational Entertainment. "There is now the possibility for movies to embody that arising new state of consciousness."  -Eckhart Tolle

MILTON'S SECRET TO CONSCIOUS PARENTING

This video features clinical Psychologist Dr. Shefali Tsabary, Actor / Director Amanda Tapping, Transformational Leader Karen Hoyos, Health & Wellness Entrepreneur Lara Kozan, and Director / Producer, Barnet Bain. Our interviewees were asked: How do you connect with your children in the moment? What are some ways you bring mindful teachings into your family. We hope you enjoy it!

WHERE DOES BULLYING BEGIN?

Eckhart Tolle, Dr. Shefali Tsabary, and Karen Hoyos delve into answering the following questions: Why does a child bully? Is bullying a learned behaviour, conditioned by their upbringing? Can we prevent bullying?

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    Thank You!

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    Movie Script

    A Digital Download of the shooting script available after film production.

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    Special Edition copy of Movie

    Digital Download of a special edition copy of the finished film when it becomes available.

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    Film AND Script

    Digital Download of a special edition copy of the the finished film AND the digital download of the script.

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    Special Edition DVD!

    Receive your very own Milton's Secret special edition DVD! You will also receive a digital download of the film and script.

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    Production Diary & Movie

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    Receive 3 special edition DVD's of Milton's Secret. Perfect for gifts and sharing this film with others. You will also receive digital downloads of the film and script as well as the digital photo book.

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    Discover Hidden Creativity

    All of the above plus 5 hour long audio seminar course with support materials led by Barnet Bain and featuring Barbara Marx Hubbard PLUS a copy of The Third Story ebook, written by Barnet Bain.

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    Solutions to Bullying

    DVD & Educational Guide that Provides Practical and Spiritual Solutions to Bullying. Perfect to donate to a school of your choice! Please write in the comment section (once you purchase) which school you would like to donate to.

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    All of the Above PLUS we will give you a “Special Thanks” on the finished film AND a personalized digital booklet with exclusive photos from set with quotes from the cast and crew.

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    Vancouver Premiere

    Two Tickets to the Vancouver Premiere - walk the red carpet and mingle with the stars. (Flight & Hotel NOT Included). Also ALL the digital downloads!

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    Two Tickets to the LA Premiere - walk the red carpet and mingle with the stars. (Flight and Hotel NOT Included). Also ALL the digital downloads!

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    Vancouver Premiere AND Party!

    Two Tickets to the Vancouver Premiere PLUS the after party which will be attended by Cast & Crew (Flight & Hotel NOT included) Plus ALL the downloads and digital copies of all the photos taken that night!

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    Two Tickets to the LA Premiere PLUS the after party which will be attended by Cast and Crew (Flight and Hotel NOT included) Plus ALL the downloads and digital copies of all the photos taken that night!

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    Milton's Secret Team Dinner

    Dinner with the Director, Producers and some cast one night during filming. This will be an intimate setting where you can ask questions and gain insight into the world of movie making and Mindfulness. Meal and drinks as well as transportation from your home/hotel (in the city of the dinner - most likely Vancouver) to the venue will be provided. (Flight and Hotel NOT provided).

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    Featured Background Performer

    Be a Featured Background Performer! You will spend the day on set, be placed in a scene as close to the camera as possible and eat lunch with the cast and crew! You will also receive 2 tickets to either the Vancouver or LA premiere of the film AND all the Digital Downloads (Flight and Hotel NOT included)

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    Milton in YOUR Town

    We will rent out a theater in your home town for you and up to 50 friends to watch "Milton's Secret" on the big screen! The screening will be followed by either a live or skype Q&A (depending on where you live) with the Director and select cast. All people in attendance will also receive a digital download of the film and script.

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    Speaking role in the Film

    Spend the day on set, eat lunch with the rest of the cast and have one line to say. You will be on camera when you're speaking and we'll do our very best to make sure you make the final cut of the film. AND get a photo with the director and actors who are in the scene with you! You’re in the film so you get two tickets to either the Premiere in Vancouver or LA and two tickets to the afterparty. (Flight and Hotel NOT included) Also includes ALL Digital Downloads

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    Associate Producer credit

    You will get to spend an entire day on set like a real producer! Meet the cast, crew, director, producers, and have your own chair in Video Village and of course get an onscreen credit in the film and on IMDB! ALSO 4 tickets to the premiere in either Vancouver or LA and the After Party. As well as an invite to our exclusive film wrap party. Transportation from your home/hotel will be included (flight and hotel NOT included). PLUS all the digital downloads.

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    Full Experience

    Spend the day on set (Travel and hotel NOT provided) and experience all the excitment of making a movie! ALSO you and a guest get an entire weekend experience surrounding the Vancouver Premiere plus 4 more tickets for friends. This includes Flight (from anywhere in North America) and Hotel, unlimited yoga classes, Dinner at a local Vancouver hot spot with the director, producers and some cast, Spa Services as well as tickets to the premiere and after party.

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