Bleep 2 – The Prodigal Movie

A few years ago I made the announcement that filming had commenced on the follow-up movie to What the BLEEP Do We Know!?. At that point the film was being called What the BLEEP: Now What!?. Working once more with Betsy Chasse, we wrangled many of the “stars” from BLEEP, added a few new ones, rolled the cameras and even did some posting on Facebook about the progress.

And then silence.

What happened? Did the prodigal movie get lost out there in the land of creative machinations? Did the movie wave function decide to NOT collapse and the potentials are still awaiting the Observer?

Well, yes and no. I started out thinking that BLEEP 2 would be a ground-breaking update covering ideas and discoveries in quantum physics, brain neurology and consciousness studies introduced over a decade ago. What was new? How had the discussion from WTB (What the BLEEP) moved and evolved? Where were we now?

Unfortunately, after six months of editing interviews, I realized we were just hitting the REPLAY button, doing a new film like the old film with a few updates and not much of anything new. Nothing exciting about that. And since experience has taught me that making a film is so much hard, hard work you’d better be very inspired with it (more like obsessed) to stay the course, I put the interviews on the back burner to marinate. Where they still sit until something exciting shows up.

That said, those interviews were/are extremely valuable to me. What emerged from them was not a Grand Theory of How It All Fits Together, but rather how the Mystical Experience (something talked about through the ages) interacts with and affects our modern world—or not.

While interviewing American psychologist and parapsychologist Charlie Tart, he talked about “the bright shadow”—how the taboo of mystical perception is upheld throughout different areas of society and the ramifications of that. Many scientists told me about “behind the napkin” discussions they’d had with colleagues about “weird” and “spooky” events they’d witnessed, but couldn’t talk openly about. In reflection I came to see that the bright shadow was not just individual, but also societal.

If the direct Mystical Experience is a valid way to receive information (which philosophers of science like Erwin Laszlo and mathematical physicists like Sir Roger Penrose believe is the foundation of existence) and that mystical pathway to information is cut out of our world, then the result is — well look around. Life out of balance.

And that’s where BLEEP 2 sits: On hold with some 60 hours of interviews in the can. It does keep rattling around in my head and who knows … I never thought I’d make the first BLEEP. So we’ll see.

Beyond Words Joins BLEEP

Thirty years ago, Beyond Words started along their path to changing how people view themselves and the world. From coffee table books to international bestsellers like Hidden Messages in Water and The Secret, and now to partnering with revolutionary filmmakers like Will Arntz and Betsy Chasse, Beyond Words is always on the lookout for what will take peoples’ lives to the next level.

Cynthia Black and Richard Cohn have worked diligently to create a company that draws the first and best in the world of transformation, and the fact that Will and Betsy came to them was no accident. A shared commitment to give people new access to why they are who they are and to give them new actions to take to live a life of their dreams, compels Will, Betsy, and Beyond Words to work together for the release of the 10th Anniversary edition of What the Bleep Do We Know?! This film was revolutionary in its time and Beyond Words is just the company to herald this milestone in the film’s history.

Working together to bring an updated and expanded version of What the Bleep?! to it’s fervent and faithful audience, Beyond Words, Will, and Betsy have marveled every step of the way at the passion, insights, and revolution this film brought about in it’s time. We continue to be excited at the reach and profound impact this film had and is still having on our society today. Ideas that were once almost unthinkable are now every day, explanations that once went over the heads of many of the people in theaters are now a topic of dinner table conversations. Just how influential, we may never know, but we know for sure that What the Bleep?! is a classic in the transformational DVD lexicon, and it will endure for years to come.

Beyond Words is thrilled to be a partner to Will and Betsy in spreading this message to a new audience, and rekindling the fervent hop and belief the film brought to the world 10 years ago.