Docudrama ‘People v. The State of Illusion’ Coming Friday, July 12
TELLURIDE – This year’s Telluride Yoga Festival will feature an emotionally compelling film and presentation focusing on the power of the imagination, and how it can help us break free from the prison within our own minds.
The docudrama People v. The State of Illusion will be shown at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village on Friday, July 12, with a special presentation from its producer, Austin Vickers. Released in theatres 2012 by Samuel Goldwyn Films, as well as being shown on PBS stations nationwide, People v. The State of Illusion explores the nature of reality and the prison walls of habitual thought and behavior that we humans create within ourselves. The film emphasizes the importance of realizing the impact of one’s perception versus one’s reality – how we appear versus how we are.
“The film goes into the science and power of imagination of perception,” Vickers said, in an interview with The Watch last week. “What I describe for people is the story of a guy who goes to prison and the transformation that takes place. It helps to teach people the mechanics of perception and what are the patterns of perception and how much imagination plays a role in perception.”
Vickers, the film’s writer and producer, weaves interviews with leaders in the fields of neuroscience, biochemistry, psychology and quantum physics together with explanations of how the principles of hope and perception can cultivate a life of purpose and self-awareness. It addresses the central questions, Vickers said, of “What is real?” and “Can we really change?”
“People really walk away [from the film] with a lot of hope, and there are a lot of reasons to have hope for the future,” he said. “Whenever people are experiencing limitations or negative consequences in their lives,” he said, being able to understand the role of their own perceptions in that experience, “and being able to change it, should bring a lot of hope to people in the future.”
Vickers, a certified yoga instructor who has been teaching these lessons for the last 15 years, says his film’s themes fit perfectly into the Telluride Yoga Festival.
People v. The State of Illusion begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit thestateofillusion.com/showtimes.