Heart and Fire Productions

Never give up, never stop believing!

VIDEOS


This video really represents myself and all the underdogs. It symbolizes standing toe to toe taking hit after hit, never giving up and going the distance in life. Then prevailing and overcoming the odds by Heart, Fire, Passion and pure Determination. This video can be applied to a lot of people's life and struggles.

Rocky's words say it all in these two videos.

Sound advice from filmmaking rebel Robert Rodriguez that is just as valuable and applicable today as it was back in the day.

Movie Trailer to the heartfelt, uplifting, inspirational and spirtiual film "Peaceful Warrior" based on the bestselling novel "Way of the Peaceful Warrior" by Dan Millman.

 

An amazing clip from the film "Peaceful Warrior."

The Hurricane directed by Norman Jewison is based on the true story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter based off his book The 16th Round. Denzel Washington is brillant as Rubin Carter and falls deep into this character. Every scene with Denzel is filled with emotion and presence that puts the viewers right their with what Rubin is going through and feeling. A truly uplifiting and inspirational film with an amazing Director behind the camera and a great message, that good or bad, we can all change for the better and transcend in life.

Here is a fantastic clip from an audience Q & A with these brilliant directors: Sam Raimi, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and Guillermo Del Toro. This video is filled with valuable information for those serious about film making.  

BOOKS

Here is a list of some really great books, I have gained a world of knowledge from them. Very highly recommended:

-Rebel Without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player by Robert Rodriguez http://www.amazon.com/Rebel-without-Crew-23-Year-Old-Filmmaker/dp/0452271878/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199325463&sr=1-1

- The Filmmaker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide For The Digital Age 2008 Edition by Steven Ascher & Edward Pincus http://www.amazon.com/Filmmakers-Handbook-Comprehensive-Guide-Digital/dp/0452286786/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199325598&sr=1-1

- What They Don't Teach You at Film School: 161 Strategies for Making Your Own Movie No Matter What by Camille Landau and Tiare White http://www.amazon.com/What-They-Dont-Teach-School/dp/B000S6NBU2/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199325653&sr=1-1

-On the Warrior's Path: Philosophy, Fighting and Martial Arts Mythology. A wonderful Martial Arts Philospical book that helps the human spirit and those looking to be at peace with ones self and body. A lot of what this book teaches about the warrior spirit can be applied to anyone who is looking to live a life of virtue, honor, peace, strength and happiness even if you are not a Martial Artist. http://www.amazon.com/Warriors-Path-Philosophy-Fighting-Mythology/dp/1583940669/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199510648&sr=8-1

-Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book that Changes Lives by Dan Millman. During his junior year at the University of California, while training to become a world-champion gymnast, Dan Millman stumbled on a 94-year-old mentor nicknamed Socrates, a powerful, unpredictable, and elusive character. He taught a way to maximize performance using a unique blend of Eastern philosophy and Western fitness to cultivate the true essence of a champion - the "way of the peaceful warrior." Millman's first-person account of his odyssey into realms of light, darkness, mind, body, and spirit has since become an international bestseller about the universal quest for happiness. http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?z=y&EAN=9780915811892&itm=1

The 16th Round is an autobiography written by the former boxer himself, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who was wrongly accused of murder back in the 60's. This book tells his life story and why he was wrongly imprisoned. What's really wonderful about this book is to see how one flawed man, so full of hate and anger, transcended into a wonderful philosophical human being during his 19+ years wrongfully imprisoned. This book is gritty and in your face as Carter reveals himself to the reader but one can't help to come away from this book inspired. This book is out of print and hard to find but well worth it if you ever come across a copy. http://www.amazon.com/Sixteenth-Round-Number-Contender-45472/dp/0140149295/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226882402&sr=1-1

MUSIC

Something So Strong by Jim Capaldi from the cult classic Martial Arts movie Best of the Best.

Best of the Best by Stubblefield & Hall  from the cult classic Martial Arts movie Best of the Best.

God Gave me a Reason by Hypnautic from his Album God Gave Me A Reason, this amazing song is also featured in my first movie, "Betrayed Heart."

Hurricane by the amazing singer song writer, Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan wrote this song for Rubin "Hurricane" Carter who was falsely accused and thrown in jail for a murder he didn't commit.

Here is a very touching and beautiful song by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush. I fell in love with this song and the lyrics. It talks about a man who has fought for everything in his life but when he looses it all, his life starts to fall apart and he loses faith in himself. However, he has an amazing woman by his side that believes in him and encourages him not to give up in life. A powerful message is delivered in this amazing song by music legend Peter Gabriel.

MOVIES

My favorite movies ever. These amazing movies will inspire and motivate all those who watch and take them to heart. It is a rags to riches story that shows the struggles in life of all the underdogs of the world. Rocky also proves that if you have the Heart and Fire and go for it in life, you can make all your dreams come true. http://www.amazon.com/Rocky-Complete-Saga-Collection-Rocky-Complete/dp/B000WC3A0S/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1199510268&sr=1-1

One of the best Martial Arts movies made. It really captures the human spirit as well as the importance of coming together as a team when it is most called for. Like the tag line says "A team is not a team, if you don't give a damn about each other."  http://www.amazon.com/Best-Eric-Roberts/dp/B0002O7XUE/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1199510244&sr=1-1

Words can't even begin to describe how powerful and meaningful this movie is. Based off the novel "Way of the Peaceful Warrior" by Dan Millman. It's about finding peace and happiness within ones self, enjoying the journey in your life and to not be so focused on the past and so worrisome about what the future will bring, it's about being in the moment and loving the Journey in life along the way, not whatever prize their may be at the end, if at all of the Journey. A very spiritual and uplifting film, that is simply a must see. http://video.barnesandnoble.com/search/product.asp?z=y&EAN=025195009126&itm=1

The Hurricane directed by Norman Jewison is based on the true story of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter based off his book The 16th Round. Denzel Washington is brillant as Rubin Carter and falls deep into this character. Every scene with Denzel is filled with emotion and presence that puts the viewers right their with what Rubin is going through and feeling while fighting for his innocence. A truly uplifiting and inspirational film with an amazing Director behind the camera and a great message, that good or bad, we can all change for the better and transcend in life.