10 Great Conscious Films Of 2020 – If You’re Looking For A Good Film To Watch

What makes a film conscious and what makes a film entertaining are not always the same thing.

As the Founding Director of the Tribeca Film Festival, former Head of Content for GAIAMTV (Gaia), and now Founder and CEO of CGood TV and Conscious Good, I’ve always been on the pulse of consciousness elevating entertainment.

Placing a high value on both consciousness and entertainment in film, my team and I have chosen 10 films from 2020 that we would like to share with the Collective Evolution community to act as your guide this holiday season and beyond.

1. Sing-Me-A-Song

Sing Me a Song, the new feature from acclaimed documentary filmmaker Thomas Balmès (Babies, Happiness), follows Peyangki, a young monk living in a rural monastery in Bhutan. When TV and the Internet come to the remote country, Peyangki is lured by the power of smartphones, which now compete with the rituals of monastery life. Unexpected and profound, Peyangki’s journey challenges us to reassess our own perceptions of relatedness and self-worth in an age of unparalleled connectivity. As highlighted by Courtney Howard from her Variety review, “Thomas Balmès’ profound documentary explores the ripple-effect ramifications of a seemingly positive invention perverting an unspoiled community.” We are compelled to wonder if technology has really made us more evolved or perhaps it’s the other way around?

WHERE TO WATCH IT: On CGOOD TV from January 14th-30th 2021

2. The ReUnited States

The Reunited States is a hopeful and deftly crafted documentary that follows several individuals who are committed to finding ways to heal the deep divide within our country. The filmmaker, Ben Rekhi, respectfully shares the hearts, souls and stories of these individuals, true American heroes.  A few of the people profiled include Susan Bro, who lost her daughter when a car drove through a crowd in Charlottesville; Steven Olikara, the founder of the Millenial Action Project, a bipartisan coalition of 1,500 young lawmakers; Greg Orman, an independent politician who ran for Governor of Kansas in 2018; 

and David and Erin Leaverton, a Republican couple who travel to all fifty states in an RV to find out what divides us.  As we usher in a new year and a new President, this is an ideal film to enjoy and share with family and friends who may have differing world views.

WHERE TO WATCH IT: iTunes and Amazon on February 9th 2021 – Watch Q&A with the filmmakers HERE

3. My Octopus Teacher

South African naturalist, Craig Foster closely follows a female octopus for a year and the result is nothing short of astonishing.  We witness Foster’s obsession with his shape-shifting muse through a personal narrative that evokes a love-letter.  Through his eyes, we don’t just witness the life of this other-worldly creature, but become emotionally involved with her in a way that elevates the film from a scientific exploration to a completely immersive experience.  Co-director James Reed ponders this emerging kind of nature documentary: “Hopefully the lesson is that, actually, everywhere you turn there are complex personalities in nature that just haven’t been documented yet.”  What March of the Penguins did for the penguin – igniting a worldwide love fest – this film does for the octopus.  Fall in love with your new favorite.


4. The Secret: Dare To Dream

Starring Katie Holmes (Miranda Wells) and Josh Lucas (Bray Johnson), “The Secret: Dare to Dream” is inspired by the phenomenally successful 2006 book, “The Secret”, by Rhonda Byrne.  Like the book, the film is infused with the principles of the Laws of Attraction.  Without spoilers, the two main characters literally crash into each other in a minor fender bender, setting up a chain of events that involve a storm, a missing message, personal transformation, romance and humor.  Throughout the film, the enigmatic Bray’s musings on life echo the philosophy of Byrne’s book. The lesson is that in learning how to turn off automatic patterns of thought our minds become open to new and more empowering ways of thinking.  As Bray says, “we have to be careful because we get what we expect”, and therein lies the ‘secret’ to happiness.  Ultimately, this family film is a feel-good love story that draws you in and will warm even the coldest of hearts.


5. Kiss The Ground

Kiss the Ground is a full-length documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson that sheds light on an “new, old approach” to farming called “regenerative agriculture” that has the potential to balance our climate, replenish our vast water supplies, and feed the world. This film comes to us at a time when the health of our ecological systems are fragile. Understanding the root origin of how we thrive as humans is essential in empowering everyday citizens to make small but meaningful changes to their daily lives for the better.

WHERE TO WATCH IT: Netflix – Watch Panel with the filmmakers HERE

6. Infinite Potential:  The Life & Ideas of David Bohm

A transformational journey through the mystery of consciousness, Paul Howard’s film is surprisingly accessible for those of us who have never taken a physics course.  David Bohm, one of the 20th Century’s most brilliant physicists, was Albert Einstein’s spiritual son and the Dalai Lama’s “science guru.” Not only does Bohm discover through science Quantum Potential, he unites these discoveries with Eastern wisdom, firmly establishing the interconnectedness of all things.  Infinite Potential includes interviews with luminaries such as H.H. the Dalai Lama, esteemed artist Antony Gormley, Oxford philosopher and physicists Sir Roger Penrose, and many more who were influenced by Bohm’s revolutionary work.  Today Bohm’s work is finally being recognized for its potential to revolutionize human thought and our relationship to the planet.  If watching this film doesn’t spark your neurotransmitters, it’s time to up your consciousness-raising practice.

WHERE TO WATCH IT: GAIA – Watch a Q&A with the Filmmakers HERE

7. The Social Dilemma

The documentary examines the effect that a handful of leading digital social media platforms, including but not limited to Google, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have over the public; it is emphasized that a relatively small number of engineers make decisions that impact billions of people. The alarm bells have been sounded for years, but have been layered in tech jargon and a lot of consumer confusion. The Social Dilemma strips away the tech talk and speaks to the human impacts of these connected platforms that seem to be fragmenting society more than they are connecting them.


8. The High Note

Starring the always inspiring and entertaining Dakota Johnson as Maggie and Tracey Ellis Ross as Grace, The High Note is set in the dazzling world of the LA music scene and tells the story of Grace Davis, a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights. Maggie is Grace’s overworked personal assistant who’s stuck running errands, but still aspires to her childhood dream of becoming a music producer. When Grace’s manager presents her with a choice that could alter the course of her career, Maggie and Grace come up with a plan that could change their lives forever. A lovely film that reminds us that our stations in life are really just in our heads!


9. A Life On Our Planet

Growing up in the UK, David Attenborough inspired my passion for world travel and nature. Now 93, this icon who practically invented the nature documentary genre, lays bare his ‘witness statement’ for the environment.  In his lifetime, Attenborough has watched with horror as the planet’s biodiversity has degenerated before his eyes. His utter sadness is revealed in Close-up shots of a face that has seen the advent of global air travel, the first images of the earth from the moon, and the astonishing beauty of the natural world.  Yes, we grieve with him, but all is not lost.  This beloved man lifts our spirits and raises consciousness with solutions that will save the planet if we act quickly.


10. Happiest Season

Bringing an all-star cast together, including Kristen Stewart as Abby and Mackenzie Davis as Harper, The Happiest Season is a contemporary love story that will warm hearts and bring families together. Abby Holland and Harper Caldwell are a lesbian couple who have been dating nearly a year. Abby dislikes Christmas since her parents passed away, so Harper spontaneously invites Abby to celebrate the holidays with her family in her hometown. Things are looking bright and starlit until Harper reveals to Abby she actually hadn’t come out to her family, so back in the closet they go. Watch as The Happiest Season reveals how the key to our own personal freedom can’t be controlled by anyone, but ourselves.


Featured image photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels.

8 Powerful Lesser-Known Podcasts To Stimulate Your Mind & Elevate Your Consciousness

Regardless of your perspective on the current global situation, one thing is undeniable, that a good portion of us have, and continue to find ourselves, with more free time than we are typically used to. While we may be filling a portion of this newfound freedom with “productive” activities, a recent Visual Capitalist study revealed what is likely not very surprising: that we are all consuming more content.

Whether it be through online videos, broadcast TV, video games, livestreams, or binge watching a new show on our favorite streaming platform we are all taking in even more than we previously were, with certain age groups being drawn to particular forms of content more than others.

As the Founding Director of the Tribeca Film Festival, former Head of Content for GAIAMTV (Gaia), and now Founder and CEO of Conscious Good, I’ve always been a firm believer that what you watch, read and listen to, matters. Having already released a list of 10 conscious films and 10 binge-worthy TV series you need to watch, I wanted to now offer (with the help of my colleagues at Conscious Good) a list of 8 lesser-known podcasts to stimulate your mind and elevate your consciousness during these challenging times. Here they are in no particular order:

1) Ritual

As the name suggests the Ritual podcast is a unique exploration of the many patterns we as a humanity have developed over the course of history. Season one of the very interesting and thought-provoking show focuses on the quest for immortality and how we all cope with understanding death. LEARN MORE & LISTEN NOW!

2) The Exploding Human With Bob Nickman

Hosted by long-time comedian, actor and writer Bob Nickman, whose writing credits include Freaks and Geeks and Mad About You, The Exploding Human podcast interviews a variety of people in the field of healing mind, body and spirit. Bob thrives at making the content easily digestible and the range of topics that he and his guests cover is beyond fascinating. One of his more recent guests includes Conscious Good’s very own Sue O’Callahan. LEARN MORE & LISTEN NOW!

3) On Being With Krista Tippett

Despite having been played and downloaded over 400 million times, On Being with Krista Tippett still makes this lesser-known list because I’m amazed by how many people still do not know about it. Winner of a Peabody Award, the show explores deep philosophical topics including but not limited to answering what it means to be human, and how we want to live. LEARN MORE & LISTEN NOW!

4) The Collective Evolution Show

Hosted by this website’s founder, The Collective Evolution Show offers a very unique blend of current event coverage and consciousness. With topics ranging from disclosure to alternative medicine to technology and so much more, every episode offers some incredible food for thought on how we can all rise up. LEARN MORE & LISTEN NOW!

5) America Meditating

America Meditating is the top ranked radio show focused on meditation hosted by a dear friend of mine Sister Jenna. While the show prominently explores the powerful impact that regular meditation can have on your life, it also dives into consciousness and spirituality as a whole with powerful guests like Marianne Williamson, Alanis Morissette and Whoopi Goldberg. LEARN MORE & LISTEN NOW!

6) The Kamp Solutions Series

At well over 100 episodes released, The Kamp Solutions Series is a powerful podcast that has interviewed some of the world’s biggest thought-leaders including Richard Branson, Deepak Chopra and Robert Kennedy Jr. As its name suggests the podcast is focused on providing tangible solutions as part of each episode’s exploration and is a must-listen for all those hoping to help make this world a better place. LEARN MORE & LISTEN NOW!

7) 11:11

Hosted by the power duo of super model and actress Rachel Hunter and best selling author and activist Emma Mildon, 11:11 is both unique and punchy. As their motto outlines, it’s interviews with soul where world leaders and celebrities are invited to share what they believe adds magic to life. LEARN MORE & LISTEN NOW!

8) The Spectrum of Health Podcast

Partnered with Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, Dr. Christine Schaffner offers The Spectrum of Health Podcast an exploration of chronic illness and everyday health concerns -including beauty. Guests include fellow esteemed practitioners and healthcare experts that all provide listeners with the insight necessary to be both proactive and reactive to our health and wellness. LEARN MORE & LISTEN NOW!

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10 TV Series With Conscious Themes – If You’re Looking For Something Good

As the Founding Director of the Tribeca Film Festival, former Head of Content for GAIAMTV (Gaia), and now Founder and CEO of Conscious Good, I’ve always been on the pulse of consciousness elevating entertainment.

Within each of these positions there has been one constant: the privilege of getting to watch thousands of hours of the best conscious content the world has to offer annually. In hopes of saving you the time of having to put in those same hours, in December of 2019 I put together a list of 10 of the best conscious films from 2019 that I personally believe you need to watch in 2020. I’d now like to present 10 of the best TV Series with conscious themes that my colleagues (Mark Allan Kaplan, Betsy Chasse and John O’Callahan) and I believe you should make the time to watch over the course of this year.

While some of these titles may seem surprising, I encourage you to both read in full detail the conscious themes I found and, in some cases, to push through the initial episodes to get to what I truly believe to be binge-worthy.

1. Game of Thrones


Undoubtedly one of the most infamous and celebrated series of all-time, Game of Thrones is also quite groundbreaking in terms of the valuable conscious lessons it offers its viewers. Including how the series represents the largest scale attempt to capture a specific stage of human development with the intent of taking us not only deep inside it, but ultimately through it.

While the dark, violent and overtly sexual nature to a great deal of the series may seem counterproductive to some, it can also be seen, at some level, as necessary to connect with the masses and ultimately wake us up. Honestly, I struggled to watch the first four seasons, but thereafter, the storylines and characters slowly begin to ascend. With the series now officially concluded after 8 very successful seasons, it is fully available for us all to view from start to finish through the lens of conscious messaging.

2. Messiah


Freshly released on January 1st, 2020 the new Netflix original series Messiah is an integral informed exploration of the messiah archetype. Starring Mehdi Dehbi (Tyrant, London Has Fallen) and Michelle Monaghan (The Path, True Detective), the entire first season of the show is filled with clear and profound examples of how to capture deep shifts in our consciousness as well as our paradigms of the self, others, and the world.

While the series is still likely in its infancy, it is a complex and layered work that unpacks the interrelationship of religion, consciousness, culture and society. It is also deeply reflective of what is seemingly happening in the world right now by elegantly journeying into and through multiple dimensions of the culture war and civilization-wide paradigm shift we’re facing.

3. The Good Place


Having recently wrapped up airing its fourth successful season, The Good Place, starring Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and the infamous Ted Danson (Cheers, Becker), is an easy to watch dramatic comedy with deeper messaging than one would anticipate. The show regularly explores the existential questions that many humans face, including but not limited to: why are we the way that we are, is change/growth possible, and can we heal/forgive past trauma? Best of all, it does it in a very accessible, and often hilarious, way through relatable and down to earth characters.

4. Undone


With its eight episode first season coming to a close in September of 2019, the relatively new animated fantasy series Undone starring Rosa Salazar (Alita, Bird Box) and Angelique Cabral (Life in Pieces) is must-see TV. The series explores what many millennials are facing: struggles with life, their family relationships, a desire for a deeper connection to themselves, and their belief that there is something more to life.

With the show officially being renewed for a second season, now is your perfect chance to begin immersing yourself in what should be a long and unique ride.

5. Cheer


I have never liked cheerleading. Like beauty pageants, it seemed like a weird, unnecessary and sexist vestige of a bygone era. So, Cheer, a Netflix documentary that chronicles the 2019 season of Navarro College’s competitive cheer team, is not a show I’d normally add to my queue.

In the end, though, like any good story it’s the characters that make Cheer great television. The backstories of the featured cheerleaders and their coaches are heartbreaking, elevating, illuminating and inspiring. What seemed a pointless exercise to me, cheerleading, becomes a vehicle for self-redemption, reflection and fulfillment. Cheer is almost a metaphor for life itself. Yes, we are all going to die. But don’t you want to make it “on mat” before you (pun intended) graduate?

6. The Kindness Diaries


What do you do when you’ve hit the pinnacle of your career, but realize that financial success isn’t everything? If you are Leon Logothetis, you pack a bag, buy a motorcycle and travel across the world surviving on the kindness of strangers. And you make a TV series out of it, of course.

Everywhere Leon travels, he connects with kind and generous people, renewing both his and our faith as the viewer that, at our core, human beings are inherently good and eager to make a positive contribution. The cherry on top of each episode is that Leon repays people’s kindness in unexpected and inspiring ways.

7. Green Frontier


Green Frontier is a beautifully shot, sexy and supernatural thriller (from Columbia) that celebrates indigenous cultures and spiritual beliefs. Yes, believe it or not, all of these elements are successfully rolled into one series.

From the opening scene of the series we are immersed into a world that we rarely see portrayed authentically in American television. The underlying theme is that we have lost our connection –our interconnection –with nature, and for that we are suffering greatly.

8. Running Wild


For the past decade I’ve been a huge Bear Grylls fan. I admire how he is in love with the natural world and how he honors and respects nature and our planet to the highest degree.

In Running Wild, he shares that love with well-known public figures such as President Barack Obama while he was in office. In every episode, Bear celebrates how we are all interconnected, including every plant, animal and mineral, and always manages to offer at least one surprise that often makes me crack up, be in disbelief, or be filled with gratitude for his offering.

9. Little America


Little America is a beautiful collection of true stories of immigrants coming to the United States from all different parts of the globe and walks of life. In each episode, the main character overcomes a challenging situation – most often a lack of belief in themselves – in order to realize their own version of the American dream.

The show has an innate ability to make me laugh and cry in under thirty minutes, all while providing a realization of what I’ve personally taken for granted as being born Caucasian in the United States – the privilege of never knowing life without freedom or liberty or a belief that I can make my dreams come true.

10. The Politician


The first season of the Netflix series The Politician is an acerbic study of emptiness, ambition and the search for validation. In this initial season, the main character, played by Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect), has assembled a trusted team of friends to win his high school student body election for president, presumably the first step on their road to the White House.

The Politician is acidly funny and, at times, quite touching. The show exists in a kind of hyper reality; the stakes are absurdly high, the characters broadly drawn, the plot lines wildly over the top. In this surreal landscape, the characters thrash about and try to “win” and, in the process, hold up a funhouse mirror to our own travails.

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10 Great Conscious Films That Aired In 2019 – If You’re Looking For A Good Film To Watch

As the Founding Director of the Tribeca Film Festival, former Head of Content for GAIAMTV (Gaia), and now Founder and CEO of Conscious Good, I’ve always been on the pulse of consciousness elevating entertainment.

This includes getting to watch thousands of hours annually of some the best shorts and features designed to impact us in a bigger way than your average Hollywood blockbuster. Knowing that time is our most precious resource, I’d like to save you (the conscious media viewer) from having to sift through everything that 2019 had to offer by sharing a list of 10 of my favorite 2019 films you need to watch in 2020.

From deep spiritual messages, to unconventional yet profound journeys, to eye-opening documentaries here’s what really stood out to me in what was a truly great year for conscious cinema (in no particular order):

1. Harriet

Starring the incredibly talented Cynthia Erivo (Genius, Broad City), Harriet takes the viewer through Harriet Tubman’s incredible escape from slavery, as well as her heroic efforts to assist others in doing the same. Whether or not you are familiar with Harriet Tubman’s prolific role in our history books, the film is beautifully shot and in my opinion does a wonderful job at shining an even brighter and justified light on the incredible woman that she was.

WHERE TO WATCH IT: Currently playing in select theaters, pre-order it on Amazon.

2. The Biggest Little Farm

Directed by Emmy Award Winner John Chester (Super Soul Shorts), The Biggest Little Farm follows the story of John and Molly’s move to a 200 acre farm outside of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and has since gone on to win several audience and critic awards at festivals worldwide. Whether or not you’ve ever considered or currently live away from a populous city, The Biggest Little Farm offers a unique perspective on alternative living.

WHERE TO WATCH IT: Buy or rent it on Amazon.

3. Free Trip To Egypt

“Two cultures, one world” is the tagline paired up with the incredibly unique and powerful film Free Trip to Egypt, which follows one’s man quest to change the perception of Americans, concerned about an Islamic threat. How does he do this? By offering them a free trip to Egypt! This feature length documentary is an absolute must watch that will change the way you process judgement, regardless of how open-minded you may consider yourself to be.

WHERE TO WATCH IT: Find a screening in your area, or request a local screening on their website.

4. The Twelve

Quite possibly one of the most insightful and thought-provoking documentaries you will ever see, The Twelve gives a voice to the wisdom of twelve elders that all have a message to share in hopes of helping humanity through the troubling times we currently find ourselves in. What truly makes this film so remarkable is how unified the messages shared by each of these geographically and demographically diverse individuals are, and just how much their perspectives can impact our view of humanity.

WHERE TO WATCH IT: For FREE on their website!

5. Fantastic Fungi

As the name suggests, Fantastic Fungi explores the incredible history and current day application of fungi in the magical, mysterious and medicinal world. Directed by visionary director Louie Schwartzberg (Moving Art, Disneynature: Wings of Life), the film explores both the incredible role fungi has already played and will continue to play in healing and regenerating life on the planet. I had the privilege of organizing a special screening of the film in California and was deeply moved by the unique perspective that it offers.

WHERE TO WATCH IT: Currently playing in select theaters, visit their website to find a screening.

6. Honeyland

Never has our relationship with our buzzing and honey-producing flying friends been more important than it is now. The eye-opening documentary Honeyland is the perfect exploration of that, as it chronicles the life of the last female bee-hunter in Europe and her on-going struggle with nomadic beekeepers. Winner of 3 awards at Sundance, Honeyland is a must-see for all ages.

WHERE TO WATCH IT: Buy or rent it on Amazon or iTunes.

7. Brittany Runs a Marathon

Starring the hilarious and talented Jillian Bell (Bless the Harts, 22 Jump Street) Brittany Runs a Marathon packs more of a punch than your average light-hearted comedy. It follows the story of a young woman that decides to make some drastic changes to her lifestyle in order to be able to participate and complete the New York City Marathon. It’s ability to serve an important message while still being genuinely funny makes it a great watch.

WHERE TO WATCH IT: On Amazon Prime.

8. The Farewell

Starring Shuzhen Zhao (The Story of Ming Lan) and Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians, Oceans Eight) The Farewell tells the story of a family that learns that their beloved grandmother only has a short while left to live. Rather than tell her about her fate, the family opts to keep it from her and go to all means necessary to make the most out of what remains. This heartfelt comedy touches on love, family and loss in a beautiful way.

WHERE TO WATCH IT: Buy or rent it on Amazon or iTunes.

9. Marriage Story

With a star-studded cast that includes Scarlett Johansson (Lost In Translation, The Avengers), Adam Driver (Star Wars, Paterson) and Ray Liotta (Goodfellas, Narc) Marriage Story explores a reality that is far too real for many of us in a beautiful way. It showcases all that typically comes with a marriage breaking up, but a family opting to stay together, and is simply a must-see.

WHERE TO WATCH IT: On Netflix in many geographic regions.

10. Dark Waters

It’s time to expose what to many will be a hard to swallow truth. Starring Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada, The Dark Knight Rises) and Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers, Spotlight) Dark Waters is a hard-hitting drama that tells the story of a defense attorney’s attempt to take on an environmental lawsuit against a massive chemical company. With the growing uproar and record-breaking lawsuit against Monsanto still fresh in most of our minds, this film is timely and a powerful watch.

WHERE TO WATCH IT: Currently playing in select theaters, pre-order on Amazon.

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