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July 24, 2011 by Lain

As Eastern Canada endures a long hot spell, with humidex numbers consistently in the 40s, here in Edmonton we’re sloshing our way through one of the wettest summers in recent memory. If cancelled barbecues and rained out events are frustrating you, why not take in a few good Pagan-ish films?

The Wicker Tree

Robin Hardy’s long awaited sequel to the cult classic Wicker Man, is British Lion’s The Wicker Tree. Although not yet officially released to theatre yet, the reviews are trickling in. Jason, at The Wild Hunt, points out that,

All the reviews point out that this is a far more broadly comic film than it’s spiritual predecessor.

Based on Hardy’s 2006 novel “Cowboys For Christ”, I’m hoping it’s a better rendition than that Nicolas Cage version!

Agora

The 2009 Cannes and 2009 Toronto Film Festival entry, Agora, if you haven’t seen it yet, is an interesting look at the story of the historical figure Hypatia, a member of Alexandria’s Pagan aristocracy, and her efforts to protect the famous library. Originally released in Spain, in October 2009, Agora has been available here in Canada since early 2010, and despite some bad reviews, the New York Times seemed to like it, and since I’m a fan of historic films with sweeping panoramic cinematography, I really enjoyed this film.

American Mystic

One of my favourite new films concerning spirituality is Alex Mar’s 2010 Tribeca Film Festival entry, American Mystic. This documentary looks at three young people of vastly different spiritual paths. Kublai, a Spiritualist, Chuck, a Lakota Sundancer, and Morpheus, a Wiccan Priestess. Although there seems to be no cinematic release date for this film, it is available on dvd through Amazon.com.

Fifth Sacred Thing

Starhawk’s 1993 post-apocolyptic novel  is now in the planning stages for a movie adaptation. Currently, there is a “Kick-Starter” campaign to raise funds to bring this dream to fruition, which is already over two thirds to the campaign goal of $60,000 . You can help Starhawk reach her goal by donating at the “Kickstarter”, learning more at the Facebook page, and following coverage of this important project at The Wild Hunt, and, of course , by following this at Starhawk’s blog.

That’s all for now. Enjoy the rest of July in “Sunny Alberta”!

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