Amanda (Marlee Maitlin) is a divorced woman who makes a living as a photographer. During the Fall of the year Amanda begins to see the world in new and different ways when she begins to question her role in life, her relationships with her career and men and what it all means. As the layers to her everyday experiences fall away insertions in the story with scientists, and philosophers and religious leaders impart information directly to an off-screen interviewer about academic issues, and Amanda begins to understand the basis to the quantum world beneath. During her epiphany as she considers the Great Questions raised by the host of inserted thinkers, Amanda slowly comprehends the various inspirations and begins to see the world in a new way.
Interviews with scientists and authors, animated bits, and a storyline involving a deaf photographer are used in this docudrama to illustrate the link between quantum mechanics, neurobiology, human consciousness and day-to-day reality.
Disc One features some of the key bands/artists from the film, including ambient artists/composers Jonn Serrie (musical contributor to NASA projects), Christopher Franke (Tangerine Dream) Michael Whalen, Patrick O’Hearn, and the John Digweed-fronted UK act, Bedrock. Additionally, the reunited band Animotion contribute their hit “Obsession” (from the wedding scene), Los Angeles indie band Aeon Spoke supply “Emmanuel,” and the film’s co-star Elaine Hendrix performs the Bleep Rabbit Hole’s end credit song “What The Bleep.”
Disc Two allows listeners to settle into a calming space as it begins with a 20-minute meditative sequence featuring a mixture of music from the film’s composer, Christopher Franke, and ambient artist, Jonn Serrie. Rounding out the soundtrack is a series of spoken word vignettes with! each cue comprised of a quote taken from the film’s dialogue, mixed with a musical cue from Franke.
Will the Real Pimps and Hos Please Stand Up! examines the interplay between Pimps and Hos and how that dynamic is the simplest expression of how power is wielded in the world. The film utilizes documentary footage, animation, satire and dramatization to illustrate examples culled from the Hood to Wall Street be the players real-life pimps or corporate executives repeating the same power dynamics. The film includes interviews with notable entertainers and thinkers, such as Dr. Cornel West, Ice-T, KRS-One, Too Short, John Perkins, Cynthia McKinney, William H. Arntz (co-director) and Norman Lear. Of course, it also includes a colorful contingent of street characters, with names such as Filmore Slim, Hook da Crook, Mac Breed and Lo Da Show.
Created in 1979 by William Arntz and John Katchmer (as John’s Master thesis at BU Film School) Beat the Deva was a foreshadowing of What the BLEEP. It was part documentary, part animation and part dramatic story. The film centered around the Russian Composer Alexander Scriabin and his quest to bring in a new age of spiritual awakening in the form of a grand artistic work: The Mysterium (pictured here). Beat the Deva received art theater distribution and was awarded The Cine’ Eagle and first prize at the Canyon film festival (where viewers voted for the prizes). Long gone from the public eye – it can be viewed here.