From Fear speaks to people living in fear. The National Institutes of Health says millions of people in the United States suffer with uncontrollable fear. It holds them back from living their life with freedom. But, there is hope.
Watch Rachel overcome her debilitating fear of heights; documented before, during and after Kalliope guides her through a process. When Kalliope lets go of her hand, Rachel is finally free from fear as she stands on a ledge overlooking a valley, with arms wide open—an inspiration to us all.
Kalliope is an award winning producer, director of Kalliope’s From Fear to Freedom and bestselling author of Phobia Relief: From Fear to Freedom. She founded Phobia Relief Day and trains others to learn the skills through Building Your Best International Training.
Kalliope makes her debut as a director in her documentary From Fear to Freedom and already winning awards. When she realized professional golf was not her calling, she decided to use the same peak performance skills of creative visualization to guide people to overcome their fears. She’s recognized by media outlets as the world’s leading fear relief expert. Because she wants to help people worldwide, she documented people overcoming their fears with her, with Red cameras. The result—a valuable contribution to those who live and fear, offering them hope. It was our pleasure to interview her for LA Indies.
What was the inspiration behind the making of your film?
Since the media outlets called me The World’s Leading Fear Relief Expert, the work I do guiding people to overcome their fears was the inspiration behind making the film, Kalliope’s From Fear to Freedom.
Because the process I guide people through has an enormous impact on the rest of their life, I wondered how much hope and inspiration it could offer to those who suffer in fear to see others lose their fear and gain more freedom.
What is the most challenging aspect of working in this genre?
There’s only O N E take! So the cinematographers, the sound person have to be on their A game making sure that the process is documented in real time. The process I guide people through happens very quickly and documenting it means every one has to be in the right place to make the film. There’s no dumb slate, no clapperboard… everyone on set had to act smart and be ready for anything, including a ten foot python on set.
When did you realize that you wanted to work in media and make films and what was the first film project that you created as a director?
It all started during my college days at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and filming New York City. So much of what I learned there in terms of frame composition framed Kalliope’s From Fear to Freedom, my first film project I created as a Director, Producer, Creator and Writer.
How did you choose the cast and the crew of the film and what was the most challenging aspect of production?
The crew of Kalliope’s From Fear to Freedom were meticulously chosen. They needed to be quiet minded and dedicated people involved in the cause of someone overcoming their fear because what I do requires enormous focus.
There is no cast… meaning no actor because the person overcoming their fear is a volunteer who has a real fear and is filmed live overcoming it, before, during and after. Kalliope is the protagonist who guides them through their triumph to do what they couldn’t before—such as walk on a ledge overlooking a valley with arms wide open. The impossible becomes possible after overcoming her fear just moments before, step by step.
What genre of filmmaking fascinates you as a director and which genres do you prefer to work on?
I love true documentaries because they show us a glimpse of the real world. Ask Ruth is a documentary about the sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer who lost her parents during World War II and triumphed in life with an amazing career in New York City helping thousands and millions of people around the globe. I treasure what she did and hope to gain momentum on film to help people overcome their fears.
Every year I document people overcoming their fears during Phobia Relief Day, a day dedicated to offering hope and relief to those who live in fears and family who want to help. During this day, foster children, celebrities and everyone in between have gained freedom through the fear relief process.
How can cinema change the world and have an impact on society?
Cinema C A N change the world and impact it in positively infinite ways. I work with the pictures people make inside their minds. This means when they make spiders the size of elephants in their minds eye trampeding all over them, I have them shrink it down and make H U G E moving pictures of them enjoying their life and loving life especially with their loved ones. With Kalliope’s From Fear to Freedom, the hope is for cinema to bring inspiration to those who live in fear, to overcome and be free to laugh, to enjoy and be glad they’re alive.
What is your next film project as a director?
My next film project as a Director is to gain momentum from the award from L. A. Indie Magazine, Silk Roads Film Awards-CANNES and Winner awards from other festivals and document more people go from fear to freedom. Anyone can volunteer and encourage them to. And some already have and the films are in the works as a document-series. It is a dream come true to help others overcome their fear by watching others do it. Which happens spontaneously for some.
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