The Fifth Sacred Thing Film Planned

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  June 10, 2011 — 29 Comments

At her blog, Pagan author and activist Starhawk has announced that a movie adaptation of her novel “The Fifth Sacred Thing,” a story about an ecologically and spiritually advanced oasis community existing in dystopian future California, is in the beginning stages of being made into a film.

“So, where are we now? We’ve got structures for the legal and financial stuff, although there’s always endlessly more of those to put in place. We’ve got artwork, character drawings, wonderful support from major artists who will allow us to use their work and images. We have that screenplay—finally down to the size it needs to be! We have a letter of interest from Olympia Dukakis, who is my dream choice to play Maya, the old woman/storyteller. Within the next couple of weeks, we’ll have our website up and already our Facebook Page is up. Please check it out and Like it if you can!”

You can find the Facebook page for the film, here. A Kickstarter campaign for financing and an official website are going to be unveiled soon. At her blog, Starhawk talks about how she feels like the time is now for a film adaptation of her work.

“I so strongly believe that the world needs a positive vision of the future right now. I can’t think of any movie that projects a positive vision of a future here on earth. How can we create it if we can’t envision it? A friend confessed to me the other day that she and everyone she knows thinks it’s already too late, that we’re past the point of no return. I don’t believe that. I believe that the earth is resilient and creative—and we are agents of that creative force called to reinvent our way of life right now. If we can give people some hope, some direction and some inspiration, it seems worth all the risks and the work!”

Films made by and for modern Pagans is a newly emerging phenomenon. Recently, film projects like “Our Pagan Heart,” “Dark of Moon,” “Tarology,” “The Spirit of Albion,” and the recently completed “To Dream of Falling Upwards” have woven explicit Pagan and occult themes into visual storytelling. Considering the popularity of Starhawk’s novel, this may be the biggest project of its kind to ever be undertaken. We’ll keep you posted as things develop on this project.

Jason Pitzl-Waters

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