en Wilber’s acclaimed and globally popular book, Grace and Grit, has been made into a feature film starring Mena Suvari and Stuart Townsend, with Frances Fisher, Rebekah Graf, Nick Stahl, and Mariel Hemingway – produced, written, and directed by Sebastian Siegel. The film adaptation explores Ken and Treya’s courage, commitment, transcendence… and their discovery of love beyond life.
Watch as Julia Ormond interviews Sebastian Siegel at the 2020 Integral European Conference about the film adaptation of Grace and Grit. Bence Ganti facilitates, with an introduction to Ken Wilber. They discuss book-to-film, acting, directing, producing, characters and set, filmming, and pivotal elements of production.
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About Sebastian Siegel
Sebastian Siegel is a British-American screenwriter, director, author, and actor from Oxford, England. He often credits gratefulness to theatre, zen, rigorous exercise, authors Alan Watts, Ken Wilber, James Hollis, other philosophers and artists, and friend and mentor James Whitmore.
About Julia Ormond
Julia Ormond is the internationally acclaimed actress and activist who achieved stardom in a series of A-list films with such Hollywood leading men as Brad Pitt, Richard Gere, Sean Connery, and Harrison Ford. Fiercely devoted to the plight of international refugees, she has been lauded for her activism by renowned human-rights organizations, and continues to play a pivotal role in successfully lobbying for relief funding and other resources for displaced peoples.
A great book, “Grace and Grit,” and a great interview here, less focused on the technicalities of film-making such as in previous interviews with Siegel (on Daily Evolver, I think) and more on the content of this particular movie, which I look forward to seeing, Bear hugs to Ken Wilber for the soft heart and vulnerabilities he still carries, around these particular years and events, which I resonate with, having had a different kind of shake-you-to-the-core set of circumstances in my own life. To be touched and changed so deeply, although it doesn’t feel that way at the time, how lucky can we get?
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