Dave Rice 12:38 p.m., May 21
We drive past it on the I-8 every day, but who knew the Scottish Rite Event Hall had a 500-seat screening facility?
Obviously, Mueller College did. The group is sponsoring this Friday night's San Diego premiere of Wake Up, a spiritual documentary directed by Jonas Elrod and Chloe Crespi.
Chloe Crespi and Jonas Elrod.
Elrod was just an average Joe who awoke one day to a different existence, abruptly endowed with the ability to see angels, demons, and ghosts as clearly as you or I do our hands. Doctors awarded him a clean bill of health and after a battalion of tests, no explanation for the phenomenon could be found.
The film follows Elrod and his ever-questioning girlfriend Mara as they cross America on a quest for inward peace and harmony. Once word gets out, Elrod becomes a walking freak show with people crawling out of the woodwork in need of spiritual advice. (Part of me was reminded of a true-life version of Biutiful.) Elrod consults religious teachers, scientists, mystics and spiritual healers to help provide an answer to why a 36-year-old man suddenly, and inexplicably, crossed over into The Twilight Zone.
The film screens this Friday night and will be followed by a Q&A.
Umberto Di Grazia & Jonas Elrod.
Date: September 16
Time: 7:30pm (doors open at 6:30)
Location: Scottish Rite Event Center
1895 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108
Tickets: $17.00 - $130.00, available at the door or on-line.