‘What the Bleep Do We Know!?’ takes viewers on a journey to unlock the secrets of life.
What the #$*! Do We (K)now!? – 2004
Follow Amanda (Academy Award-winner Marlee Matlin), a divorced, middle-aged woman who is thrust into a world where science and spirituality converge. As her entire concept of reality is challenged, yours will be too. See for yourself why this groundbreaking movie became one of the most compelling and talked about films of the last decade.
At the time of its release, ‘What the Bleep Do We Know?!’ was a new type of film – part documentary, part story, and part elaborate and inspiring visual effects and animations. The protagonist, Amanda, played by Marlee Matlin, finds herself in a fantastic Alice in Wonderland experience when her daily, uninspired life literally begins to unravel, revealing the uncertain world of the quantum field hidden behind what we consider to be our normal, waking reality.
As we watch Amanda struggle to understand the fundamental premises of her life, we see commentary on her search from a host of top scientists and mystics who serve as a modern day Greek chorus. Their wisdom and ideas are woven together as a tapestry of truth, adding emphasis to the film’s underlying concept of the interconnectedness of all things.
Originally released in February 2004 in one theatre in Yelm, Washington, ‘What the Bleep Do We Know!?’ went on to become the fifth highest grossing documentary in the United States, with ticket sales of $12 Million.Shunned by all movie distributors, the producers set about distributing and marketing the movie themselves in a “proof of concept” strategy to show theatre owners there was indeed a market for spiritually oriented films that catered to audiences’ intelligence, not their lowest common denominator.
Although rejected by every major film festival (Sundance, Berlin, Toronto, Cannes, etc…), What the Bleep did get entered in five smaller festivals, and won in every one. This, along with the grass roots, word-of-mouth campaign, kept the film in theaters for weeks and months on end. After five months of surprising box office numbers, the film attracted the attention of Samuel Goldwyn Films, and the producers entered into a distribution deal. The word-of-mouth buzz continued and the film showed real staying power (it played in one theater in Phoenix for 40+ consecutive weeks).
Following its theatrical run, FOX picked up the DVD rights and released ‘What the Bleep Do We Know!?’ March 15, 2005. The DVD immediately shot to the top of Amazon’s best selling list, and was named Amazon’s #1 DVD surprise of the year. To date it has sold over a million copies.
International distribution soon followed. Currently the film is now theatrically distributed in over 35 countries worldwide.
A host of further developments followed. A series of conferences was held featuring the speakers from the film, along with other notable leaders in the consciousness arena. Bleep study groups spontaneously arose around the country, then the world, with people who did not want to let the ideas put forth in the film die, and who wanted to investigate and discuss them with like minded explorers. Bleep Study Groups continue to be formed around the world.
Two books followed, a soundtrack CD and finally the ultimate What the Bleep DVD – Down the Rabbit Hole, with two extended versions of the film, along with hours of additional interviews.
Called by the media “the little film that could,” and “the critic proof movie,” What the BLEEP Do We Know!? is considered the first break-out film in the genre of Spiritual Cinema, and continues to find a new audience to this day.
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