Film to Inspire
Two current theatrical releases
serve up inspiration
BY FELICIA TOMASKO
Seeking the teachings of mythologist
Joseph Campbell through film
“Follow your bliss” may be one of the phrases for
which mythologist, college professor, teacher, and writer Joseph Campbell is most famous. In the dramatic
documentary, Finding Joe, filmmaker Patrick Solomon
seeks the trail to bliss.
For 38 years, Campbell taught at Sarah Lawrence
College in NY. In 1949, his seminal work, A Hero with
A Thousand Faces, was published. Hero influenced
George Lucas, and Campbell’s description of the mythological hero’s journey served as the template for the Star
Wars series and Luke Skywalker as archetypal hero.
Commercial director and documentary filmmaker
Pat Solomon was also inspired by Hero and by Campbell’s appearance on Bill Moyer’s six-part 1988 PBS
series, The Power of Myth, filmed before the author
died in 1987.
In Finding Joe, Solomon explores the teachings of
the man who brought myth to life. The film explores
bliss (known in Sanskrit as ananda), the hero’s journey,
and transformation. Finding Joe is infused with such
spirit that viewers are left with a message of powerful
Solomon features a range of provocative leaders in
action – including surfer Laird Hamilton, drummer
Mick Fleetwood, skateboarder Tony Hawk, author
Deepak Chopra, Twilight director Catherine Hard-
wick, author Gay Hendricks, entrepreneur Brian
Johnson, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Aki-
va Goldsman, Tai Chi master Chungliang Al Huang,
Joseph Campbell President Robert Walter, playwright
Lynn Kaufman, and more.
Finding Joe opened in theaters on September 30.
For more information visit: Findingjoethemovie.com