People v The State of Illusion: An interview with Writer and Producer Austin Vickers
May 14, 2012 12:38PM
● By Linda Sechrist
Austin Vickers, writer and producer lawyer, along with award-winning Director Scott Cervine, offer everyone a metaphorical shortcut to some of life’s biggest questions in their documentary, People v The State of Illusion.
The film tells the story of Aaron Roberts, a single father who is arrested and tried on charges following an incident that claimed a woman’s life. The docudrama calls as expert witnesses leading thinkers in the fields of neuroscience, biochemistry, psychology, quantum physics, sociology and consciousness theory: Thomas Moore, Ph.D., Candace Pert, Ph.D., Debbie Ford, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Robert Jahn, Ph.D., Peter Senge, Ph.D., and Brenda Dunne. Their evidence helps answer the film’s central questions: What is real, and can we really change how we see our world?
What do you feel helps people identify with the movie’s theme and characters?
The script was intentionally written with multiple layers and messages, as well as many nuances. I understand the neuroscience, quantum physics, and psychology in the film and wanted to show people how they could apply them. The story, which is a mixture of fiction, brain science and quantum physics, takes people on a journey with nothing controversial to stumble over. The film leads them to conclusive truths that can have an obvious impact and metaphorically shows them how they can escape the limitations they create.
Is any of the storyline taken from your coaching experience?
Some of the lead character’s dialogue came from a “presence exercise” I did in a phone coaching session with a client, who was sitting in his truck in a parking lot. I asked him to look around and tell me what he saw that was beautiful. He found nothing. After coaching him for five months, we had a similar conversation. This time he talked for 20 minutes about what was beautiful. A shift in presence can make even a prison cell like Aaron’s look inviting.
For more information about the film, visit TheStateOfIllusion.com.