How much of what people see is perception or reality?
This question and many others are answered in the new docudrama, "People V. The State of Illusion;" written and produced by local resident Austin Vickers.
Vickers was once a practicing attorney in the state of Arizona until he was inspired by a movie to follow a dream.
"Eleven years ago I watched the film ‘Tuesdays with Morrie,' and was literally so moved that I quit the practice of law to pursue what I really wanted to do," Vickers said.
This two-year project all started with the idea that Vickers wanted to create a movie that could actually change someone's life.
Allison Cabral, a master life coach, has seen the movie several times now and believes it is something anyone can benefit from.
"I work with people daily on change," Cabral said. "This is unlike any movie out there, the world is in turmoil and this is exactly what people need right now, it shows change is possible."
The story is a documentary/drama that contains the expertise of eight leading thinkers in the fields of neuroscience, biochemistry, psychology, quantum physics, sociology, and consciousness theory. Within the documentary there also lies the story of Aaron Roberts, a single father who is arrested and tried, which also results in his daughter being sent to a state home. In this story we watch Roberts and his daughter experience the trial of their lives. It is a mix of factual information and a captivating story.
"I was kind of blown away with this film," said Todd Hartley, president of the video marketing company WireBuzz. "It provides a valuable opportunity to leave your normal thinking process and look at things from a completely different perspective."
The documentary-drama has been No. 1 at Harkins Camelview for three weeks and is now expanding to both the Chandler Fashion and Superstition Springs Harkins theaters starting today, Oct. 14.
For the three weeks it has been in theaters, the movie is nationally ranked as one of the top three films for opening weekend success.
For more information on this film and how to purchase tickets, visit www.thestateofillusion.com.
• Haley Buntrock is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a sophomore at Arizona State University.