[I recommend going in numerical order with the Episodes. They build on each other.]
Episode 30 contains the full resource list.
Short 'Commercial' Break.
Below is a complete list of Film/Television Resources people have shared with me, in their attempts to understand High Control/Demand Groups:
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (Feature Length Documentary)
"Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a 2015 documentary film about Scientology. Directed by Alex Gibney and produced by HBO, it is based on Lawrence Wright's book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief (2013). The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. It received widespread praise from critics and was nominated for seven Emmy Awards, winning three, including Best Documentary. It also received a 2015 Peabody Award and won a Best Documentary award from the Writers Guild of America.
The film deconstructs the church's claims by presenting a condensed history of Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, examining how celebrities interact with the church, and highlighting the stories of a number of ex-members and of the abuse and exploitation that they described seeing and experiencing. The Church of Scientology responded vehemently to the film, complaining to film critics about their reviews and denouncing the filmmakers and their interviewees." - Wikipedia
The Path - TV series (Hulu)
"The Path is an American television drama series created by Jessica Goldberg and starring Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan, and Hugh Dancy. The show portrays members of a fictional religion known as Meyerism.
Eddie Lane lives in Upstate New York with his wife Sarah and their two children, Hawk and Summer. They are all members of the Meyerist Movement, which combines aspects of New Agephilosophy, shamanism, Scientology, Christian mysticism and Utopianism with a few elements from the Shakers, Sufism, Tibetan Buddhism and Freemasonry ritual. Eddie returns from Peru, where he had undergone a spiritual retreat designed to advance him further up Meyerism's spiritual ladder. Unbeknownst to his family, while in Peru, Eddie experienced a revelation which causes him to question his faith in Meyerism. Meanwhile, Cal Roberts, a friend of Sarah's and one of Meyerism's top leaders, is looking to expand their influence and deal with the imminent death of their founder, Doctor Stephen Meyer." - Wikipedia
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath - TV Series (A&E)
"Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath is an Emmy Award-winning documentary series that investigates the Church of Scientology through the experiences of the American actress Leah Remini and other former members. She was a follower of Scientology between 1979, when she joined at the age of nine alongside her parents, and 2013, when she left under acrimonious circumstances. She subsequently became an outspoken critic of Scientology and published a bestselling memoir, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, in 2015.
The show's first season was aired by A&E in seven regular and three special episodes commencing November 29, 2016. It received positive reviews from critics, recorded A&E's best premiere ratings since 2014 and maintained a consistently high viewership for subsequent episodes. The first season garnered two Emmy nominations, scoring one win. The series was renewed for a second season of ten regular and four special episodes commencing August 15, 2017. The Church of Scientology was extremely critical of Remini and the show and established a website attacking the show, its presenters and many of the interviewees." - Wikipedia
The Arrangement - TV series (E)
"The Arrangement is an American drama television series created by Jonathan Abrahams which airs on E! The drama features young actress Megan Morrison who auditions to play the female lead in a high profile film opposite action star Kyle West. She meets the leader of the self-help organization the Institute of the Higher Mind, and is presented with a contract that will change her life.
The show centers around the Hollywood actor and actress's relationship, and is an "'amalgam' of stories inside Hollywood about arranged relationships against the backdrop of self-help programs". Some say it was inspired by Scientology and the relationship between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes." - Wikipedia
Holy Hell - feature length documentary
"Holy Hell is a 2016 American documentary film by Will Allen about his experiences as a member of the Buddhafield cult for 22 years. The cult's leader, who has several names but is typically called Michel, is claimed to have abused his followers. The film uses footage Allen shot during his capacity as the group's videographer and new footage of interviews with former members and of the group in Hawaii." - Wikipedia
KUMARE - feature length documentary
"Kumare is an American 2011 documentary film directed by Vikram Gandhi. To record the documentary, American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi transformed himself into Sri Kumaré, an enlightened guru from a fictional village in India, by adopting a fake Indian accent and growing out his hair and beard. In the film, Kumaré travels to Arizona to spread his made-up philosophy and gain sincere followers." - Wikipedia
To be continued...
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