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Documentary “HEAL” Premieres at Maui Film Festival

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The new documentary, “HEAL” makes its premiere at the Maui Film Festival on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the Castle Theater, and will continue to unveil at various film festivals across the country.

The 105-minute documentary embarks on a scientific and spiritual journey and theorizes that the power of belief is everything. The film follows two people on healing journeys who gain powerful revelations on the incredible influence the mind has on our ability to heal, and on our overall health.

Audiences discover that we are not victims of our family genes, but truly have the power to heal virtually any “dis-ease” through our thoughts, beliefs, perceptions and emotions.


Director/writer/producer Kelly Noonan Gores and producer Adam Schomer reveal that we have more control over our health and life than we have been taught to believe.

HEAL film poster. Courtesy image: Maui Film Festival.

The film features interviews with Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Marianne Williamson, Michael Beckwith, Gregg Braden, Anita Moorjani and other leading scientists, teachers and experts on the mind-body connection, who describe and highlight the relationship between spirituality and science.

“One of the biggest influences I had in why I decided to make this film was reading Anita Moorjani’s book, “What If This is Heaven,” and her amazing recovery from Stage 4 cancer,” said Gores. “I learned that it’s never too late for the body to heal. I realized that I must do something to send this powerful message to as many people as I can.”


Director Kelly Noonan Gores spent 20 years in front of the camera before deciding to turn her attention to filmmaking (previous projects include Tooken (2015), Beneath (2013) and Take a Seat (2011). Her co-producer Adam Schomer, who has been meditating since he was 18, decided to join the project once he heard about Gores’ passion and vision, as well as his personal heroes that would be behind the film. Schomer has worked on a number of films and series including, The Highest Pass (2012), The Polygen (2014), One Little Pill (2015) and The Road to Dharma (2017), that bring insight into important issues and ourselves.

“I really connected with this idea of empowering people to take charge of their own health outcomes,” said Schomer. “I believe in what we’ve accomplished with the HEAL documentary, and that is to really open audiences’ eyes to the science behind mindfulness. There is a deep connection between our immune system’s ability to function and our brain function.”

At the core of HEAL, we uncover that everything starts in the mind. The authentic healing journeys in the film demonstrate how healing can be extremely complex and deeply personal, but it can also happen spontaneously in a moment. Through following a handful of inspiring and emotional stories we find out what works, what doesn’t, and why.


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