“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.”
― Ingmar Bergman
My son, Andy Pickard and I began making films in 1990. Our first film was a very short documentary called called Jason-The Way We Live Today which we made at the request of a family with AIDS.
Jim and Gerri Briggs were both diagnosed with AIDS following their 6 month old son, Jason’s diagnosis and they wanted to do something to educate others about the disease.
When we got a grant to provide education on AIDS for church and community groups, rather than speaking a lot, I showed Jason the Way We Live Today. It had a dramatic effect on the audience, often..
FILMS ON DEATH AND DYING, LOSS AND GRIEF
TURNING TOWARD THE MORNING
2003 TELLY AWARD WINNER
A film of unusual power and beauty, Turning Toward The Morning brings to light stories of parents who have lost a child to illness, to accidental death and to suicide. Filled with the special wisdom of dying children and the heartfelt thoughts of their parents, its message is one of hope, not only for bereaved parents but for all of us. In the very short time since its release, Turning toward the Morning has brought solace and comfort to many hundreds of people.
“Turning Toward the Morning is a celebration of the human spirit. It is one of the most powerful expressions of love, compassion and transcendence I have ever seen. It is a reminder that we humans, for all our faults and failings, also contain the Divine. We are capable of great strengths, great visions, and great wisdom, which often surface in the wake of great pain. Watch this documentary with someone you love, and be prepared for magic.”
-Larry Dossey, MD, New York Times bestselling author of “Healing Words”
WE’RE ALMOST HOME NOW
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and her work with dying children
1993 GOLD PLAQUE AWARD INTERCOM-A DIVISION OF THE CHICAGO FILM FESTIVAl
Where are you going my little one, little one?
Where are you going my little one, my son?
I’m going with God to the land of the light,
the light we all shine in our hearts.
And why are you going my little one, little one?
Why are you going without me my son?
I’m going with God to the land of the sun.
My time here on earth is all done.
-from EVERMORE, a song by Shirley and Cory Enebrad
“It’s understandable that it’s very, very sad to lose a child. But parents need to know that their are children who have to pass very few tests, learn very few lessons, and teach a lot of unconditional love, and then they can graduate. And, to me, death is a graduation.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D. from We’re Almost Home Now
This very sensitive and moving video weaves together the stories of 6 families who have each experienced the death of a child along with the wisdom and knowledge of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Both families and professionals will come to understand more about the bridge of life, death and the healing process as this famed professional brings a message of hope to EVERYONE.
JASON THE WAY WE LIVE TODAY
Jason-the way they live today simply put, is a short film about living with AIDS, about being 22 and 24 years old, watching your baby die and knowing that you also are destined to die…of AIDS. More than that however, it is a story about courage, about appreciation and making the most of each day.
Because of Jason the way we live today, I learned about the power of film to educate, to inspire and to bring people together.
ANGELS WATCH OVER ME
The very emotional sequel to Jason the way we live today, this documentary follows the Brigg’s family through Jason’s death, Jim’s death and Gerri’s determination to continue on. As much about facing death with courage and dignity and coming to terms with great loss as it is about AIDS. If you’re ever feeling like the challenges you’re facing are too much, this is the film to watch!
“Maybe we are serving as a wakeup call to the entire nation..if other people can learn from our experience, maybe they connect with us more than some other people they’ve met, then I feel that we have a purpose in life.”
WE’RE ALMOST HOME NOW
AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
with music by
“We are not from here, we are from there
and all we do is just go home”
Filming this interview with Dannion Brinkley was to experience being in the presence of love-and not some phony imitation of love either, but the real thing which I felt as a combination of joy, humor, warmth, openness and the simple, straightforward truth about life and death.
For me, it provided an opportunity to ask of one who has died and returned, such questions as “What is it like over there?”, “How does it feel to die?”, “Why is there suffering?” and “How can we live through these times that are so often frightening and unsettling?” As It Is In Heaven answers these questions and many more.
Illustrated by images from our own lives-hospice patients we have cared for, beloved family members we hope to meet again when it comes our time to cross over and places we have traveled -it is interwoven with the incredibly beautiful music of Andreas Vollenweider. We hope it brings you the peace, inspiration and love that it brought to us as we worked to produce it.
~ Cindy Pickard, co-producer
|ABOUT DANNION BRINKLEYDannion Brinkley is a near death survivor and the author of the international bestseller, Saved by the Light as well as its companion, At Peace in the Light. He is the cofounder of Compassion in Action, an international organization which places volunteers with the goal of providing companionship in the last months of life. He lectures at universities and forums worldwide and lives in South Carolina|
WALKING US HOME
The Hospice Experience
Created for the purpose of providing education and information about hospice for health care professionals, patients and their families and the public, this uplifting documentary includes insightful and informative interviews with staff, patients and family members -filled with many lighthearted as well as serious moments. This video is helpful for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of Hospice-its philosophy and the services it provides, this video is also an excellent teaching tool for church and community groups.
NATIVE AMERICAN FILMS
The Prophecy of the 8th Fire
They will come to a fork in the road. One road will lead to Materialism and Destruction…..for almost all living creatures….The other road will lead to a Spiritual Way upon which the Native People will be standing…This path will lead to the lighting of the 8th fire, a period of eternal peace, harmony and a “New Earth” where the destruction of the past will be healed
STARBLANKET – A SPIRIT JOURNEY DVD and Companion CD
At the age of 24, Noel Starblanket was one of the youngest First Nations chiefs in North America. At the age of 29, he became chief of all Canadian Indians when he was elected president of the National Indian Brotherhood [now referred to as The Assembly of First Nations]. Outspoken, rebellious and sometimes outrageous, he was the subject of the 1973 National Film Board of Canada production titled simply, Starblanket. Now three and a half decades later, he shares with humor, honesty and emotion, his own healing journey and as he finds peace in returning to the teachings of the Elders, a greater appreciation of life through loss, and renewed hope for the future with the emerging Seventh Generation, his journey becomes the viewer’s as well. Through the universal language of image, music and emotion, Starblanket: A Spirit Journey brings to light in a very personal way, the ancient teachings and the extraordinary wisdom of the First Nations people while offering a much-needed message for our time
whose traditional name means LEADING EARTH MAN is an Elder and spiritual advisor from the Anishnabe Nation, Eagle Clan. Descended from a long line of chiefs and leaders of his people, he felt “Compelled by forces beyond his control” to quit his job as an educator and go on a ceremonial expedition of peace around the world.
Through his dreams, and visions, the experiences of others who have accompanied him on his journey and the words of the visionaries–past and present, we bring you THE 8TH FIRE One Earth * One Whole Circle * Again
A vision of hope…. for the future……for the Earth……for the children
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR, Larry Dossey, MD author of HEALING WORDS
There is an old saying: ‘If you want to hide the treasure, put it in plain sight.’ Then no one will see it. MANITOU API reveals the discovery of symbols and wisdom lying in full view but forgotten — until they are brought again into awareness by those who have not forgotten how to see. MANITOU API is reminiscent of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, but with a decisive difference: It is true. Ranging from Canada to Cambridge, this fascinating film deals with life-and-death issues — because if we do not attend to the wisdom herein, we shall likely have no future on Earth, our only home.
From – Diego Mulligan, KSFR Santa Fe Public Radio Host of “The Journey Home”
“Manitou API – Where the Sun Rises is by far the best Native American film I have ever seen. A MUST see
A First Nations Elder and an architectural historian together, uncover ancient symbols in a Canadian government building, symbols that validate a present day Native American prophecy that speaks of the Return of the People to the Center and the revealing of the 7 Sacred Teachings of the Indigenous People.
The return to the Center is to return to the heart. We¹ve all been called to wake from sleep to feel our power to dream again—a dream of peace.
–Elder Dave Courchene [Neeghani Aki Innin Leading Earth Man] Anishnabe Nation, Eagle Clan
This is a film for everyone who wants to learn more about off grid/sustainable living
ON THE LAND
Together with the Earth
“The Earth will bring people from all walks of life together”
-Jonathan Warm Day Coming, Taos Pueblo Artist
The messages of our ancestors are always around if we will only open our hearts to listen
–Ed Cardenas Social worker/teacher/author
“YOU CAN’T EAT MONEY”
–Victor Garcia Rancher/building craftsman
The new technology is here. It just needs to be implemented
– Mark Myers, Solar Designer
Representing the 3 primary cultures of Northern NM, seven stories of the land and its power to heal, provide and bring people together. From growing up on Taos Pueblo in the 50s to bringing back the old ways of planting and relating through a traditional bean field ceremony , to healing from a troubled and violent life, the land heals and sustains and provides all that is needed to live the good life Advice and practical suggestions are offered about how to make a ranch or home completely self sustaining, using solar energy and building from materials on the land.
Visually beautiful and with an equally beautiful soundtrack ON THE LAND is interspersed with humor and as well, features the Pueblo and Spanish art of northern New Mexico
The old ways are remembered and honored while respectfully blending them with new technologies. and the wisdom and teachings of the ancestors and grandparents are paramount and always present..
DRIVING TO UTOPIA
Award: Merit Award – Mature Media National Awards 1995
“A rich and precious story of 3 older women and their journeys with loss, isolation and discovery. A moving video for professionals, women who are bereaved and anyone interested in understanding the importance of staying young at heart…”
This captivating video takes viewers into the lives of three inspirational women who have each found peace in growing older. Despite the limitations and challenges brought on by aging and the loss of a spouse, they have persevered and found contentment and joy in their later years.
“Driving to Utopia offers an engaging and thoughtful window in the lives of three widowed women who have said ‘yes’ to life. They draw from the wellsprings of lives filled with faith and joy, compassion and humor. As well as being stewards to the memories of their husbands, they are keepers of dreams yet to be fulfilled. This a valued addition to our library.”