A new documentary about crop circles, Saturday
On Saturday November 21st, The Visionary Edge will screen a sneak preview of What on Earth? Inside the Crop Circle Phenomenon! The event will be co-hosted by and presented at the Community United Methodist Church in Half Moon Bay.
Filmmaker Suzanne Taylor is part of an international community of visionary artists, scientists, philosophers, geometers, educators, writers and farmers who marvel at crop circles. This documentary tracks her interactions with these ‘croppies,’ in England, where they converge every summer and go circle-chasing, indulge in circle- analysis, and talk about why they have changed their lives because of this phenomenon.
Saturday, November 21st. Doors will open at 7:00pm, event begins at 7:30 at the Community United Methodist Church, 777 Miramontes Street (at Johnston), HMB. The event is free; donations will be accepted to cover the costs of screening. Call 650-207-3440 for information and reservations.
A big question that is repeatedly addressed is why something so startling and so spectacular is so largely ignored. Croppies express their opinions and their frustrations about how the hoaxing of some circles, and the limitations on our thinking imposed by a worldview that’s grounded in scientific materialism, deflect attention from the phenomenon and hamper serious investigation of it. Evidence is presented that defies the idea that the circles all are made by people, and the possible motives of the hoaxers is a subject for speculation.
The circles are looked at as art, as instigators to reexamine ancient knowledge lost to a culture separated from nature, and as coming from a source that is aware of us, delivering formations that point to events on Earth and in response to whims and wishes that individuals and groups express. The most startling revelations we get from the circles come from their shapes. Mathematical information encoded in the formations is seen to deliver a virtual curriculum in number and geometry, and leads to questions about who or what is delivering the circles and why they are being created.
Croppies speculate about what the effect would be if it was ascertained that the circles aren’t being made by us, whereby we’d know we aren’t the only intelligent occupants of the cosmos. There is talk about how that likely would humble us to where we might think as a planet and work cooperatively to solve the problems we all share. We see that ‘contact,’ established via the circles, could create a new beginning for humanity – the start of an era when awe and wonder would supplant the dangerous oppositional behaviors that are so prevalent today.
According to John Michell, author of The Cereologist “A great power has arisen, directing thoughts and perception towards a more complete and satisfactory view of reality than the modern conventions of materialism have previously allowed. Gently, subtly, with no disturbance or panic, we are being guided across a watershed, from one worldview to another. And this is in no way arbitrary, but a purposeful process, in accordance with the interests of eternal nature and the necessities of the present.”
Paul Horowitz, Project Director, Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) states that “If we were to discover extra-terrestrial life, it would show that we are not intellectually unique in the galaxy. Man has a tendency to think he’s very special. We consider ourselves morally, culturally, and intellectually unique. But if we were to find a signal from another star system, another thinking being, we would know that none of that is true. A connection with another intelligence would be the first bridging across four billion years of independent life in evolution. It would be the end of Earth’s cultural isolation in a galaxy and a universe surely containing millions of other civilizations. It would be without doubt the greatest discovery in the history of humankind.”
Producer/Director, Suzanne Taylor, has been involved with films since she graduated Phi
Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from NYU. Having been an actress, she crossed over to
the other side of the camera as the Executive Producer of the award-winning feature documentary, CROP CIRCLES: Quest for Truth, released in 2002. She began production on
her feature documentary, What on Earth? in 2003 which is being released In November 2009.
Says Taylor, “Crop circles have been occurring all over the world for at least hundreds and perhaps thousands of years. Usually appearing overnight in anything that grows, they are beyond remarkable, displaying advanced geometries in formations as big as two football fields. Why has something so startling and spectacular been relatively ignored? Or silenced?
My film was made out of a passion to correct the ideas held by a misinformed public. The source of many crop circles is unknown, but the public has been misled – perhaps by a deliberate disinformation campaign – and now thinks they’re all made by people.
Could they be the marks of another intelligence? Could these marks trigger the biggest shift in our worldview since Copernicus and Galileo challenged Earth’s place in the cosmos? Have the governments of the world been keeping us in the dark, thinking we weren’t ready for such a leap?
If you can’t account for every crop circle as coming from human beings, where do they come from? The answer could change the world.”
Documentary producer, Suzanne Taylor, has had a personal involvement with the circles since the late 1980s. What on Earth? was shot over several summers in southern England. The film engages her fascinating visionary scientists, educators, philosophers, artists and mathematicians from around the world who converge at this epicenter of the crop circle phenomenon to study it and document it.
What on Earth? deals with the profound effect the circles have had on these people. And the effect they might have on the world. Suzanne is devoted to getting her film seen so that peer-reviewed articles in science journals – which attest to the circles being of unknown origin – can no longer be ignored.
“Evidence suggests we are being signaled by an intelligence that’s not our own. That people ignore what is occurring is as unbelievable as the phenomenon itself.
We need a massive change of mind in the world. We struggle with overwhelming problems. Our thinking has created many of them, and it stands in the way of solving all of them. As long as we think the same way, how can we change the results we get?
What could revolutionize our thinking so we would make the radical changes we need? This movie will plant seeds. Interact. Be part of a conversation about what can get us where we need to go.
And let’s get attention paid to the circle phenomenon. If there’s other intelligence besides ours, we’ll take our place in a much bigger reality than we know now. Our small-mindedness will have to give way, and that could be what saves us!”
Copies of What on Earth DVD will be on sale at the event.
Babysitting will be provided for $5 per child for the evening with a 24 hour advance reservation.
Located in Half Moon Bay, The Visionary Edge produces events to inform, inspire, and empower us all to create a wiser, sustainable and more compassionate world.
Running Time: 83 minutes