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Spiritual Cinema: ‘Movies with a message’

Terri Harmon of Penn Valley believes in community, of all kinds.

A coach, facilitator and teacher of compassionate communications, Harmon likes to help and inspire people. Thus, for the past three years, she has been developing another community of sorts by showing non-mainstream films that are different from the usual fare.

“They aren’t necessarily spiritual,” she said, “but are movies with a message that touch our humanity and heart.”



The showings first took place in her Nevada City office and now at Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains on S. Church Street in Grass Valley. Some audiences are just a handful of people; sometimes she has had to have a couple of showings of movies that are in the public eye. “Conversations with God,” “The Secret” and “Fierce Grace (Ram Das)” are films that have been real popular she says.

Harmon is a member of Spiritual Cinema, so once a month she receives two or three shorts, a feature film and a documentary. This has been taking place since 2004.




She says it gives her pleasure to share the movies with others (“At least every month,” says Harmon, “a person says ‘Thanks, I’m so glad this is here.'”), but also to “support the people who make these kinds of movies.”

Harmon says she’ll stay after the screening if people want to discuss what they’ve just seen. And while she’d love taking movie recommendations, she makes the point that what films she receives is all up to Spiritual Cinema; she has no control over that.

Anyone can join Spiritual Cinema and not only receive the DVDs but also get to e-mail in questions for such experts at Deepak Chopra and Rev. Michael Beckwith who answer them on conference calls that hundreds of folks sign up for.

Visit spiritualcinemacircle.com for details.

The films that Terri Harmon is showing this Friday are:

• “Letting Go” – As a father realizes that his son is maturing and growing up beautifully on his own, he battles with the feeling that all parents have at one time or another: The sad joy of watching our kids grow up and out of childhood.

• “If I Never See You Again” – Winner of six Ariels, the Mexican equivalent of the Academy Awards. A group of old codgers would rather be playing music in night clubs than sitting, bored, in a retirement home. Film not recommended for children.

The screening is from 7 to 9 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, 246 S. Church St., Grass Valley. While admission is free, donations are accepted.

Reach Harmon at 432-7818 or to receive her monthly e-mail notice of the movies she shows once a month, send an e-mail to terri@livingcompassion.com.


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