Chakra Series: Third Eye

Chakra Series is a piece that explores the seven Chakras through color, sound and movement.

Each chakra has a specific color that is associated with it. I stared there and then researched what each chakra represents and how each chakra can be blocked in the body.

This film is Third Eye. This part of the piece was very dark. I drew from my own experience that sometimes things are not always as they seem. We often trick ourselves into seeing what we want to see. Indigo is the color associated with the third eye and the makeup we designed reflects that.

  • Cari Spinnler
  • Cari Spinnler
  • Cari Spinnler
  • Nicole Spinnler
    Key Cast
  • Stephanie Leppert
    Key Cast
    The Falls, Record Keeper
  • Hannah Peterson
    Key Cast
  • Bree Goodwin
    Hair and Makeup
  • Wyatt Strand
    Hair and Makeup
  • Josh Rice
  • Sam Roberts
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  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 9, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    50 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Cari Spinnler

Cari was born and raised in Portland Oregon. She graduated from Rutgers University in 2013 with a BFA in acting. While in school she was able to study abroad in London at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre for a full year.

After graduating she returned to Portland and started acting and choreographing right away. She is now writing, producing and directing her own films.

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Director Statement

In March of 2015 I was diagnosed with PTSD. At the time I had no idea how drastically my life would change within the coming months. The truama that caused my PTSD was deeply repressed and it would take me over seven months of intensive therapy to remember what happened and therefore begin healing from it.

I had always been a performer. But when I was diagnosed my symptoms were so bad my body couldn't tell the difference between good adrenaline and bad adrenaline. I would go into an audition and have a full blown panic attack. Needless to say I wasn't booking anything and I wasn't enjoying the process of being an actor.

I realized after taking about a year off from my craft that I wanted to still tell stories but I needed to find another way. That's when I moved behind the camera and the idea for Chakra series was born.

In my healing process I have explored everything from EMDR therapy to mediation, to taking medication to having shamanic readings. I learned about the energy chakras we possess and how when they are blocked we can have negative physical and emotional side effects. This sparked an idea to delve deep into my own chakras and create a piece to aid in my healing process. I knew I wanted to tell this story without a narrative story-line. I wanted to create something that was visually beautiful.

My interpretation of the third eye is that not everything is as it seems. We see the world the way we want to, not necessarily the way things are. I wanted to find the combination of an image that is visually striking but also gives you an uneasy gut feeling; I wanted it to be anxiety inducing. You never really know what the next image is going to be or how far we are going to take you down this dark path.