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'Conversations' pre screening at metaphysical library

The Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library and Event Center will participate in the sneak preview weekend of "Conversations With God." Before the film opens in theaters nationwide on the weekend of Oct. 27, residents of Ashland will get to see it first.

Adapted from the books by Neale Donald Walsch that inspired and changed the lives of millions worldwide, "Conversations With God," tells the true story of Walsch (Henry Czerny) who, at the lowest point in his life, asks God some very hard questions.

The answers he gets from God/within become the foundation of an internationally acclaimed book series that has sold over 7 million copies and been translated into 34 languages.

The film chronicles the dramatic journey of a down and out man who inadvertently becomes a spiritual messenger and bestselling author.

The movie will be shown at 6pm and 9 p.m. on October 20 and 21 and at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on October 22 at Southern Oregon University's South Campus Art Department's Meese Auditorium on the corner of Siskiyou and Indiana streets across from the 7-11.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at or at RVML or the Music Coop both on A Street near Ace Hardware.

"Conversations With God is a compelling, emotional and dramatic movie that shares deep spiritual messages without proselytizing," explains Jordan Pease of the Rogue Valley Metaphysical Library. "This is exactly the type of meaningful entertainment we believe in and we are thrilled to be able to present this screening to the good people of Ashland.

"Conversations With God has been in my head and most importantly, my heart for almost 10 years. For the past decade, I have dreamed of making this movie," explains producer/director Stephen Simon, a veteran Hollywood producer (Somewhere In Time, What Dreams May Come).

During the past decade, Neale Donald Walsch received offers to turn his book and life story into a film.

"Just five years before I wrote about my experience, I was homeless, with a broken neck, living in a park. I spent my days collecting cans to sell for 5 cents each just to have enough money to eat. It was important to me that this story not become Hollywood-ized," Walsch explains.

Thanks to Walsch's enthusiasm for "What Dreams May Come," the Academy-Award winning film that Stephen Simon produced in 1998, Walsch and Simon became friends. Walsch says that Simon has "an extraordinarily high level of artistic integrity, vision, and willingness to collaborate" and he finally agreed to have the "Conversations With God" story told on the big screen.

For the 90 million Americans who consider themselves "spiritual," but not necessarily "religious," a new genre of film is rapidly emerging, inspiring and uplifting films with heart and soul, called Spiritual Cinema.

"Conversations With God" is a movie that will appeal to people from all walks of life and is a shining example of the best that the genre of Spiritual Cinema has to offer.

Stephen Simon, () a Hollywood Executive and Producer for nearly three decades, is the author of two books: "Spiritual Cinema: A Guide To Movies That Inspire, Heal and Empower Your life" (Hay House) and also "The Force is With You: Mystical Movie Messages That Inspire Our Lives," (Walsch Books/Hampton Roads). He has become the leading spokesperson for Spiritual Cinema a term he coined to define the genre.

He is also the co-founder of The Spiritual Cinema Circle, America's fastest growing DVD club that specializes in uplifting features, documentaries and short films.