We are proud to announce that our film, “The Forgiveness Journey” is as an official selection at the 6th Annual Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles from September 11-21st!
“The mission of the Awareness Film Festival is bringing awareness and to open eyes to some of our world’s pressing issues: Ecological, Political, Health/Well Being and the Spirit. We showcase both Documentary and Narrative Features, as well as Short Films, Music Videos and Public Service Announcements. We have filmmaker Q&A’s, filmmaker Panels, as well as conscious art and music. Zen Den takes place with healing treatments and classes.
The Awareness Film Festival was formed by Heal One World, a non-profit charity. This Festival is also a fundraiser for Heal One World. Any net profits from this event will go completely to charity.”
Please join us in Los Angeles in September. We are so excited about making The Forgiveness Journey available to a spirit filled, eager Los Angeles audience. We also love the opportunity to share this powerful film to as many people as possible. Our mission at Metamora Films is to “transform hearts and minds through film“, and we think the Awareness Festival is a perfect fit for our film.
For more information on this charitable film festival, visit: http://awarenessfestival.org
Film Producer, Heather is getting arrested on July 29th at Noon! (Okay, not really…but read on).
Heather is going to have a bad day on July 29th at Edible Arrangements in Draper, Utah. Come by at high-noon to help her post her bail! “Guards” will then take her to a local holding cell where her bail must be raised for her release!
All proceeds go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. What is Muscular dystrophy (MD)? Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a group of muscle diseases that weaken the musculoskeletal system and hamper locomotion. Muscular dystrophies are characterized by progressive skeletal muscle weakness, defects in muscle proteins, and the death of muscle cells and tissue.
Metamora Films will be there filming Heather’s mock arrest at Edible Arrangements in Draper, Utah. We invite you all to come and help raise money for the MS Society.
Heather was nominated as a community leader with a “big heart.” My wife is amazing worker with a huge work ethic. Congratulations honey!
“I have been held captive twice in my life. Once at the hand of another, and later by the
unresolved pain and shame of my past.” – Liz
Our first official studio interview is with Liz, an amazing, powerful woman. I had only talked with Liz once before the interview, but from the start I could tell that she had faced pain in her life. Perhaps I had known this because I had also faced pain in my own life…and many mistakes. I was nervous that she was going to judge me for my crime but my thoughts were proved wrong by Liz’s non-judgmental and kind heart. Though much different, our pain has been difficult to forget for both of us (and forgiving ourselves and others) while trying to move on to a future that holds no shame and guilt.
Liz, who recently wrote a letter to The Forgiveness Project, writes about her past, “When I was sixteen one of my best friends and her mother were brutally murdered. They were killed by her stepsister’s estranged and abusive husband when he showed up at their home distraught about the separation. My friend’s death added to the spiraling depression I was already experiencing and I was later hospitalized for attempted suicide.”
I interviewed Liz in my small home studio about what had happened to her throughout her troubled life. She opened up for the cameras for the first time in her life about the abuse that she endured, her guilt, shame and most importantly, her recent transformation. Our short interview was brief. We could have been there talking for hours about the events of her life, how she dealt with her attempted suicide, and much more.
What’s amazing about Liz is that she’s taken these horrible experiences and turned them around and is now helping others in her community that have dealt with similar issues. Liz loves charitable work. And fudge. She is the organizer of The Love Fudge, a “not-for-profit fundraising entity” with all proceeds supporting various community charities, projects and causes, including, Utah’s Woman of Worth, which is “dedicated to empowering women who are committed to rebuild their life.”
Liz ads in her forgiveness story, “Recognizing the choice, I forgave once more. I choose to no longer be held captive by the memories of my past. By releasing others I am free. Forgiveness is the key that liberates the captive!”
We both agreed before the interview that if it wasn’t for both of our troubling pasts, we would not have had the chance to transform and to help others. We both hope that this interview opens hearts and minds, just like Metamora Films’ mission states.
I would like to offer a very special thanks to Liz for sharing her story with me and our viewers. If you have experienced a similar past as Liz , please don’t hesitate to reach out for support. Please check the links on this blog post for additional information.
On Tuesday, April 7th, we are posting our 1st MetamoraTV studio interview with Liz Stone. Liz survived several difficult challenges in her life including being held captive. Today, she is an author writing about her experiences and fund raises for various charity organizations including her own nonprofit fundraising entity, “The Love Fudge”. Her organization says, “The Love Fudge is a not-for-profit fundraising entity. All proceeds go to support various community charities, projects and causes.“