Sarah Adina Smith

OWA Netflix SciFi & Horror Recommendations: July 2016

OWA Netflix SciFi & Horror Recommendations: July 2016

Here in Austin, we are hitting a 100+ degree weather streak. This means that as we celebrate America this month we are also celebrating the wonderful invention of air conditioning.  So go grab a snocone and prepare yourself for some Netflix and chill indoors with some amazing SciFi and Horror.  From superheroes to time travel to creepy dinner parties, this month’s additions are not to miss.

Spirit Lake's Slightly Creepy Daily Paper

Spirit Lake's Slightly Creepy Daily Paper

We are only a few days away from the Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film screening of the Austin Premiere of THE MIDNIGHT SWIM on July 9 (9:30pm) at the Southwest Theaters Lake Creek 7 in Austin. In an effort to learn more about this perplexing town, our team has been scouring the local paper for any information about Spirit Lake we could find.  We’ve gathered this together in ths ‘Spirit Lake Sentinel.’ 

THE MIDNIGHT SWIM - Interview with Actress Beth Grant

THE MIDNIGHT SWIM - Interview with Actress Beth Grant

Several years ago, I was fortunate to meet and interview wickedly humorous and talented actress Beth Grant while she was in Austin supporting the quirky comedy, HERPES BOY. Her passion and enthusiasm was so infectious that we bonded immediately, and to date our time together is my most memorable interview in my film criticism career.

We've stayed in touch over the years as she continues to work hard in television and film. Just a few of her projects include THE BLUES FOR WILLADEAN, the film adaptation of Del Shore's award-winning dramatic play, James Franco's AS I LAY DYING, and THE MINDY PROJECT in which she portrays regular Beverly, an eccentric nurse-turned-receptionist. 

Although Beth's screen time in the upcoming film THE MIDNIGHT SWIM is rather brief, her character drives so much of the story between the female cast that I felt it imperative to have her perspective on this film as well as her advice for filmmakers.

Seven Sisters Summer Camp

Seven Sisters Summer Camp

We WILL be holding our popular diving classes as usual, despite Dr. Brooks’ disappearance earlier this year.  Our instructors are highly trained and take every precaution to ensure the kids’ safety.  In the 34 years since the Camp was founded, only 6 incidents have occurred during diving classes.

153rd Annual Spirit Lake Diving Competition

153rd Annual Spirit Lake Diving Competition

In the summer of 1862 the diving competition began with two brothers (Jake and Ned McGillicuddy) who took time off from trying to kill each other from opposite lines in the Civil War. From the auspices of that ‘friendly’ contest was born the modern day diving competition.

Welcome to the Church of the Renewed Spirit

Our growing community offers a safe haven for anyone and everyone to learn how to balance the inner self with our external worlds- past, present, and future. We strive to live in a new world communal consciousness of sharing on all levels: socially, economically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically.  Everyone shares in the honor of responsibilities and the fruits of our collective labor.

Our large sanctuary houses all our members as well as providing comfortable lodging for our visitors.  Each dorm room is assigned to one of the clean, communal bathrooms.  The Great Hall is perfect for group discussions and interpersonal growth.  Many of our leaders’ spiritual texts are kept in the Library.  The Chapel is for night time meditation, candle and purification ceremonies, and also houses the Shrine to all our past Spirit members.  The family kitchen features two large brick ovens and plenty of space for helping hands.

Just steps away is our organic family garden that is always focused on nature’s rhythm of in-season fruits, vegetables, and herbs.  We work hard to make sure our home is sustainable while respecting nature’s own balance.  Two barns share a beautiful pasture and are home to five cows, three goats, 15 chickens, and two peaceful herding dogs that keep a good watch.  Our animals are free to walk the fenced pasture during daylight, fed an organic vegetarian diet, protected, and happy.

Our surrounding land also holds a beautiful and mystical forest that is home to some of the oldest trees and souls in the region and a friendly wildlife population that can be seen during the daytime.  A small natural clearing has a little stone altar that can be used for daytime nature offerings.  The night fog is to be feared and left alone as it travels to Spirit Lake and back.  Only members ordered to tremble in the purification cages are to be outside of the sanctuary after daylight and the doors are locked for the night.

The center of our community is the healing, cleansing, and renewing powers of the waters of Spirit Lake, upon which our peaceful home sits.  We hold group baptism ceremonies every day at sunrise and everyone is encouraged to find a time during daylight to have solo meditations with the water. The Lake and the Spirits in it are always treated with the most respect.  The Lake is life.  The Lake is death.  The Lake is our Source.

Our community celebrates the Lake with many sacred days throughout the year.  Our most precious ceremony pays tribute to the Spirits of the Lake with a living contribution. The honored senior member becomes one of our Spirit protectors and our Source grows more powerful.  The Source does not take without giving back to us and we are eternally blessed.

Learn more about how to join or visit our community, or how to schedule and prepare for a baptism ceremony here.

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