ECKHART TOLLE — BEST KNOWN for his bestselling books, The Power of Now and A New Earth, and recognized for his regular appearances on Oprah — is now bringing his spiritual message to the big screen with the support of Indiegogo’s crowdfunding platform and the sponsoring support of The Dalai Lama Center.
Milton’s Secret will star Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Peter Fonda and it will be directed by Barnet Bain (What Dreams May Come).
Based on Tolle’s book for children, Milton’s Secret is a coming-of-age story about an 11-year-old boy growing up in an economically depressed suburb, and the elder quest of his grandfather. His mother and father are workaholics with marital and financial problems, and he is being bullied at school. When his grandfather visits, Milton learns that rehashing the past and worrying about the future are preventing him from finding true happiness in the Now.
Vancouver-based Hulo Films have teamed with Tolle to create a progressive story about mindfulness and compassion in an equally progressive way, turning to Indiegogo’s crowdfunding platform to protect the integrity of the message.
“We’re making a different kind of film in a different kind of way,” says Hulo Producer Stephen Huszar. “We are fortunate to be associated with thought leaders like Eckhart Tolle and organizations such as The Dalai Lama Center with this new form of audience engagement, allowing fans the opportunity to get involved with something that matters to them.”
Bain, who also co-wrote the script, says, “Milton’s Secret matters because the world can be a scary place. Now is the moment for new images and models to meet the stresses and challenges of our increasingly chaotic world.”
Tolle is a film lover who has spent time talking to Hollywood on the merits of using film to expand awareness and transform consciousness.
“Movies really have replaced what traditionally were mythologies,” Tolle said. “Every culture had their mythological beliefs and their collective ‘stories’ and there is now the possibility for movies to embody that arising new state of consciousness.”