Jim Carrey (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”) used humor, honestly and humility to raise the question, “Where are the Heroes?” last night at the GATE 3 entertainment conference in Beverly Hills at the Saban Theatre. To hear Jim Carrey’s views of today’s heroes, Lance Armstrong, Ray Lewis and the Super Bowl, watch our HD VIDEO: Jim Carrey talks Fool’s Gold at GATE 3.
In a packed theater of entertainment industry professionals, authors, musicians and spiritual leaders, Host Louie Anderson kept the show on track with some very funny jokes (They should have all shows run by comedians!) GATE = Global Alliance Transformational Entertainment, and everyone was there to talk about how we can use entertainment to send out positive messages and inspire change. The leadership team includes Founder John Raatz, Honorary Founder Jim Carrey and Honorary Founder Eckhart Tolle.
Louie Anderson opened with LOL jokes about living in Las Vegas that made it hard to hold the camera steady. While Louie is trying to eat healthy, he said there is no kale in Vegas. Louie added, “It was such a beautiful day, I almost went for a walk, seriously I came this close, and then I got to the front door and I go, I don’t really know this place.” And then after a guy handed him a bumper sticker to read, Louie explained with a big grin that many people just saw it because, “You know we’re streaming. There’s over 60 people watching. (LOL)”
Jim Carrey then welcomed and wowed the crowd with some deep thoughts about heroes. After telling everyone to avoid TV, and only watch documentaries on Apple TV, Jim shared, “There’s so much disappointment….I don’t want to name names (did bicycle riding impression)…Lance, I don’t want to get on anybody. But, is there a hero out there?”
And then when speaking about the hyper-inflated Super Bowl heroes, Jim added, “I want Ray Lewis to do well, I want him to get his Super Bowl Ring, but I don’t know who he is, he’s a monster. Who looks like that?....So I don’t know what to do. Hopefully, there’ll be some pretty girls at the Super Bowl Party to talk too.” He then compared our current success values to Fool's Gold, and encouraged everyone to "trust the universe" because "it will give you something good, if you do it right."
In my opinion, there are everyday heroes all around us if you look deeper than the headline news. And in the entertainment world, the Sundance Film Festival is full of them. One of the many heroes in Park City just a few weeks ago was Kalyanee Mam, Director of “A River Changes Course.” Her documentary won the Grand Jury Prize, and she went to great lengths to tell the story. Kalyanee covers how the challenges of climate change in Cambodia push girls to work in the factories for money when they can no longer farm. Her documentary is raw and real, and takes you there in a way that I’ve never seen. And then you have the 1,830 Sundance Film Festival volunteers and staff who make the festival work – these people behind the scenes are my heroes.
Director, Writer, Producer Jeremy Kagan (who has served as the Artistic Director of the Sundance Film Festival), spoke about how we can all shift stories towards the positive. He reflected, “Each one of us as individuals is a collection of stories…sometimes those stories can negatively impact the present and sometimes inspires.” He then showed a graphic of a new film he is working on with John Raatz called, “Shoot” with blood all over a white page. While this graphic has different meanings to different people (horror vs. safety), Jeremy added, “Our challenge is to change the story.”
Some of the other GATE 3 speakers during the day and evening events included Adam Leipzig (Speaker and Former Head of National Geographic), Anthony Meindl (Professor, “At Left Brain, Turn Right”), Dara Marks (Author), Charlie Lustman (cancer survivor who singes to cancer patients in hospitals), Gail Larsen (Author), John York (Musician), and David Korten (Author, Publisher, YES Magazine.)
Along with these speakers, we spoke to several celebrity guests on the green carpet, including Cody Linley ("Dancing With The Stars"), Dr. Michael Beckwith (Agape), Don Miguel Ruiz (Author, “The Four Agreements”), and Ricardo Chavez (Latin America soap opera star), Chris Jordan (“It” artist of the green movement), James Van Praagh (spiritual leader), Ed Gerhard (Musician) and Mitch Earle (voiceover artist) with TV Host Tamara Henry.
In the end, Jim Carrey asked everyone to, “Stay Open. Stay Hopeful,” and that is what this crowd is best at doing. Look for the everyday heroes behind the scenes who are changing our story, and take time to thank them. For more information, visit http://gatecommunity.org