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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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|Q:|| Can I get “What the #$BLEEP*! Do We Know?” on DVD or Video?|
We have been besieged with questions about the DVD release of “What The
#$*! Do We Know”. As you know we are in the midst of our theatrical release, which is the most effective way to get this information out into social consciousness. We want to make a splash in the marketplace. That way Hollywood will wake up and start making films that are worth watching. Once the theatrical run is over, the DVD will hit. It'll be a 3 or 4 DVD boxed set. We are sitting on 60 hours of interviews, so there will be much more depth about the science and mystical perspecitives introduced in the film.|
So you will have to wait, but we promise it will be worth the wait. In the meantime if you want more information, check our book recomendations click here. Keep watching for more about the special "Rabbit Hole" Directors Edition of the Film.
|Q:|| When is “What the #$BLEEP*! Do We Know?” going to be in a theater near me?|
|A:|| The movie is NOW OPEN in a number of theaters. It’s soon to be playing in even more. CLICK HERE FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF THEATER VENUES.|
|Q:|| Will the movie be in my local theater?|
|A:|| Call your local theater to find out if they will be showing it. If not, tell them you want it to play there. The most effective method to get film locally is to call your local theatres and tell them that you want to see THIS film in THEIR theatre. This really works! For more ideas on what you can do to promote the movie, see this page.|
|Q:|| I heard I can get free postcards and posters and to help promote the movie. Is this true?|
|A:|| Yes. You will be able to get posters, postcards and other promotional pieces. Stay tuned.|
|Q:|| Is “What the #$BLEEP*! Do We Know?” available for non-theatrical screenings?|
|A:|| While we are mostly concentrating on theatrical screenings, the film is available for selected conferences, institutions, and corporations.
to send your request.|
|Q:|| What is the film rated?|
|A:|| The film is not yet rated.|
|Q:|| Since it is not rated, would it be appropriate for my children?|
|A:|| We recommend that children under the age of 13 have a parent present during the film due to some strong language and one brief semi-explicit sexual scene. We recommend parents see the film first and then make their own decision as to whether or not their children will be able to handle and understand what they are seeing. The film is not suggested for children under 13.|
|Q:|| How have audiences reacted to your film?|
|A:|| We’ll let them tell you. Click here for the guest book. |
|Q:|| Why was the name of the film chosen?|
|A:|| The name was first floated out of the filmmakers’ exasperation in trying to find a way to combine all the information and elements in an engaging, entertaining manner. Then the title took on a life of its own, as we realized, “What DO We Know?” and “Who are WE to Tell You Anything?” We are not offering the ultimate solution to life’s mysteries, but inviting viewers to ask themselves the “What do I Know?” question and figure it out for themselves.|
|Q:|| How long is the movie?|
|A:|| The finished film is 111 minutes long.|
|Q:|| Where was “What the #$BLEEP*! Do We Know?” filmed?|
|A:|| Most of the footage for the narrative story was shot in Portland, Oregon. Interviews were taped in Washington State; Washington, D.C.; San Francisco, Philadelphia, Connecticut, Arizona and Oregon.|
|Q:|| How long did it take to make the film?|
|A:|| While William Arntz first dreamed of making the movie over 10 years ago, most of the active work producing the film took three years.|
|Q:|| Why was Marlee Matlin, a deaf actress chosen to play the lead, Amanda, in the film?|
|A:|| Ms. Matlin became interested in portraying Amanda after reading the script. The script had been written with the emphasis on showing the dramatic part of the story, more than explaining it in clever dialogue. However, in modifying the script, we saw that Marlee’s deafness does suggest the question: “What slices of reality are WE deaf to?”|
|Q:|| Why is the film not available in closed caption?|
|A:|| We are a small independent film company and are lucky to be in theaters competing against the big boys at all. The film will be closed captioned for its DVD release, as well as made available in multiple languages.|
|Q:|| Why are the names and titles of the Scientists and Mystics only revealed at the end of the film?|
|A:|| For artistic reasons primarily, but also because we felt it was important for the audience to be able to focus on the message being said and not its messengers.|
|Q:|| How authentic is the science in the film?|
|A:|| How “authentic” is any science? Newton’s theory of gravity is very authentic, and very incomplete. Just ask Einstein. The quantum physics, neurology and molecular biology is authentic based on current findings. The Water Crystals work is gaining ground in scientific circles. Dr. Emoto’s work has been published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, February, 2004.|
|Q:|| Why is the film controversial?|
|A:|| It suggests a change to the current paradigms and positions of power and that’s what the world does – makes a “controversy” out of it. The filmmakers are happy to be able to address any controversy surrounding the film. Click here to go to our Reviews Page where some writers have raised some controversial questions about the film.|
|Q:|| My religion does not adhere to the concepts of this film. What do you say for us who are not in agreement with what the film espouses?|
|A:|| It’s not that your religion doesn’t adhere – it’s that what YOU believe in doesn’t adhere. The fact that your set of beliefs includes a particular religion is just one example in your list of beliefs. Everyone has his or her worldview. In our view, there is not “One Way”, but six billion Ways.|
We direct this film and its concepts to everyone’s innate ability to decide for themselves what is real and true. Our hope is that people think about their beliefs and paradigms, instead of just blindly accepting them. In the end, we decide for ourselves. As Bob Marley said, "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds."
|Q:|| What are the spiritual influences of the filmmakers?|
|A:|| The list is long and varied.|
William Arntz’ first influence was his college physics classes, studying quantum mechanics and relativity. The lack of fundamental explanations sent him toward metaphysics, and first Rudolf Steiner and the Theosophists. From there it was reading as much as possible – his favorite being Carlos Castaneda. In 1982 he met his first teacher – Rama, and studied various forms of Buddhism for 13 years. Then, in 1996, he followed a friend out to Washington and was introduced to Ramtha, with whom he studies currently. Click here for bio.
Betsy Chasse “thought I didn’t have a spiritual bone in my body”. But after a highly successful career in film production, she became disgusted with the meaninglessness of the films being made and pulled the plug on that life. She spent months sitting alone thinking she just wanted to make a film that would change people’s lives. She started attending classes at SRF (Self-Realization Fellowship – founded by Paramahansa Yogananda). It was there that the door to the unseen worlds began to open, and in walked Mark Vicente with a script for “What the #$*! Do We Know?!” Betsy took on the project, moved to Washington, where she met Gordie and Ramtha. She married Gordie and became a student of Ramtha. Click here for bio.
Mark Vicente knew from a young age that media and motion pictures in particular are the most powerful way to reach people. I always pondered the question “What if this powerful form was used to uplift people rather than keep them trapped in the corporate and religious food chain, merely consuming products and dogma without the knowledge to create life on their own terms?" He arrived on the planet as a Christian; performed a brief stint as a New-Ager - until he realized that the latter was: “a bit like being a Democrat – well intentioned, politically correct but lacking balls.” His dream drew him from his native South Africa to California where he became aware of Ramtha’s work in the early 90’s and has been a student at RSE (Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment) since. Click here for bio.
|Q:|| I see all three filmmakers are students at RSE. Is this a recruitment film?|
|A:|| The short answer is No. During the making of the film it was decided that what was important was the message, not the messenger – whoever that may be. Some people may be inspired to check out RSE, and some people may be inspired to major at MIT in quantum teleportation.|
In this film we invite viewers to entertain the concepts espoused by all the wonderful beings we interviewed. All of whom are connected with, or have been connected with, a major U.S. university such as Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, UCLA to name a few. Ramtha does say “we create our reality,” which is part of what he teaches, but Fred Alan Wolf, John Hagelin, Amit Goswami, and Bill Tiller also say it. It’s the message, not the messenger.
|Q:|| How was the film funded?|
|A:|| In the early 90’s William wrote a piece of system management software called “AutoSys”. He sold it and his company, then did another software startup, which he also sold. The profits from these sales were used to fund “What the BLEEP”. As he said at the opening, “I guess I’ll find out soon whether I’m a visionary, or just have a VERY expensive hobby.”|
|Q:|| I heard there is a text version of the film. Is this true?|
|A:|| It is true! Or it will be this summer.|
|Q:|| Why are you calling them “the filmmakers?” Most films seem to have writers, producers, and directors with little overlap. Why is this film different?|
|A:|| The three “filmmakers” joined forces to make this film to communicate the ideas to a world out of balance. And it was only in that topsy-turvy, best of times/worst of times, spirit of get-beyond-your-Ego-to-do-the-best-for-the-film collaboration that the movie emerged. Maybe that’s why the film is different….|
|Q:|| Can I send the filmmakers a message telling them I support their making of this film?|
|A:|| Yes. A special email address has been set up for this very purpose.
to send your message|
|Q:|| What inspired the filmmakers to do this film?|
|A:|| Click here for A Letter From the Filmmakers.|
|Q:|| Who is the composer and can I get the soundtrack?|
|A:|| Christopher Franke was chosen to compose the music for this hypnotically beautiful and moving soundtrack because of his early work with Tangerine Dream, his subsequent solo career, and his resonance with the subject matter. When originally asked if he would work on the project he said “I think I’ve been writing the music for this film all my life. But I never thought a movie would come along that would actually do it”.|
The soundtrack will be available this summer. It is a great soundtrack to accompany yoga, visualization, meditation, and prayer.
|Q:|| I saw the movie, and during the subway scene, I was moved to learn more about Dr. Emoto’s work. Is there anywhere I can go to find out more?|
|A:|| Yes. If you would like more information on Dr. Emoto’s “Messages from Water,” Click here.|
|Q:|| In the scene in the movie where Amanda marks herself with blue hearts, what is going on?|
|A:|| She has realized how thoughts affect the body, and like the messages taped on the bottles of water, her message (i.e. the blue hearts) communicates directly to the world of thought, or intent, that she loves her body. But if you really want to know – apply the scientific method – and try it.|
|Q:|| I am curious about the wedding reception scene. I see the attitudes of gluttony, victimization, lust, anger, resentment, shame, covetousness, and tyranny played out by the characters and underlined by the hospital IV’s. Is this another take on the Seven Deadly Sins?|
|A:|| Deadly addictions maybe, but sins – no. According to the science, emotional addictions are like any chemical addiction – once you’re addicted, you’ll do anything for a fix. We make a point in the film that these addictions are part of the human condition, and that it’s up to each human to decide whether or not to stay addicted.|
|Q:|| I found some of the depictions of women in the wedding reception scene to be unflattering and misogynistic. Can you explain this choice?|
|A:|| The wedding reception is a very exaggerated scene, like a cartoon. It explores the territory of emotional addiction, whether it’s to food, victimization, power, alcohol, or sexuality. The filmmakers felt it was important, for the sake of clarity, to exaggerate the temptations, and presented the actors as characterizations for Universal Human Truths. They felt that with broad comedy, the point that we all have our demons to overcome could be made and laughed at, instead of suppressed and protected. The attempt was to “let it all rip,” expose human nature in all of its weaknesses, and note that we are all in on the joke, not holding ourselves above this human dilemma in a sanctimonious state. The filmmakers here employed the old adage that “laughter is the best medicine.”|
|Q:|| I have a topic I’d like to present and discuss with the “What the #$BLEEP*! Do We Know?” community. How can I find the online message board? |
|A:|| An Online Discussion Forum is now set up. Discuss the movie, the symbolism, the acting, the music, and more. Read what others have said and post your own insights and thoughts. Click here to visit it now.|
|Q:|| Where can I find more materials to understand the scientific concepts presented in the film?|
|A:|| There are a great number of books available, some of them by the scientists and mystics interviewed for the film. We have a section on this web site to help you find books and other resources related to the subject matter of the movie.|
|Q:|| What does it mean when Reggie says “How far down the rabbit hole do you want to go?|
|A:|| This film endeavors to ask the same questions that sages have asked for eons. There are a great number of mystical traditions and spiritual practices, many paths that lead people to wholeness and peace of mind. This web site does not attempt to dictate what is right for you. It will, however, direct you toward possibilities for courses, workshops, books, tapes, videos, and DVD’s that are available today to help you on your own particular journey. |
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I want to know how God created this world.
I am not interested in this or that phenomenon,
in the spectrum of this or that element.
I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details.
- Albert Einstein
I have yet to meet a single person from our culture,
no matter what his or her educational background,
IQ, and specific training, who had powerful
and continues to subscribe to the materialistic
monism of Western science.
- Albert Einstein
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mystical. It is the source of all true art and science.
- Albert Einstein