Biographies of Presenters - Workshop Descriptions

What the Bleep
What the Bleep Do we Know?!
Presenters - Q & A Panel: Joe Dispensa, Fred Alan Wolf, Betsy Chasse and Mark Vicente
; AGNT Host: Rev. Mary Omwake


What DO We Know? and Who are WE to Tell You Anything? How authentic is the science in the film?We are not offering the ultimate solution to life’s mysteries, but inviting viewers to ask themselves the What do I Know? question and figure it out for themselves.

How do we as individuals change the current paradigms and address power structures for positive social change.
  William Arntz
William Arntz began his professional career as a research laser physicist, developing wave optics simulators for high energy lasing systems. After a few years of traveling he landed in San Francisco and began studying with his first spiritual teacher, Rama (a.k.a. Dr. Fredrick Lenz). Eventually the students were given the task of writing a software product/company whereupon William wrote “AutoSys” – a distributed event processor. He sold the company two years later and retired. He became interested in getting some of the principles gleaned from his decades of spiritual inquiry out to the general public. He realized he could satisfy a life long dream and use the software proceeds to make a movie. That movie started life as a small documentary about Spirit and Science, but grew in scope (and budget) and became What the BLEEP Do We Know!? Producing, scripting, and directing the film, What the BLEEP was completed in 2004 and went on to become a global phenomena, with well over 100 million viewers experiencing the BLEEP.Mr. Arntz then moved on to another film, targeted for a younger crowd, which develops some principles from BLEEP in an sociological, urban setting. The film, GhettoPhysics, and its companion book, addresses the daunting question of how a spiritual being navigates through a world obsessed with power, fame and riches.As the 10 year anniversary to BLEEP approached William became interested in what the intervening years had produced in the way of changes in science, spirituality and public acceptance of some of the idea put forth in that original movie. And so the long awaited follow up entitled: What the BLEEP – Now WHAT! has begun…


Betsy Chasse

In her own words: A biography is a funny thing. You’re supposed to list all the wonderful things about yourself in a couple of paragraphs, wrapping it up as a personal sales pitch! It feels a little odd to me—especially since I wear so many hats (don’t we all). But here goes.

First and foremost I am a mom with two wonderful kids, Elora and Max. They are the light of my life and my world revolves around them! We love to garden, paint, create and cause as much of a rumpus as we can together.

I was a co-creator of the film, credited with co-writing, co-directing and producing. I was also a big part of the film’s distribution. I am also an author. I also co-authored the book What The Bleep Do We Know: Discovering the Endless Possibilities for Altering Your Everyday Reality. 

Oh, yes. I am also a blogger, a speaker, a screenwriter, and a consultant! Whew! That’s a lot of hats! But what I really am is a person—a woman, a mom, a human being trying to make sense of life. Exploring all the possibilities, evolving, changing, listening and being in this amazing reality we have all created together.


Mark Vicente

Mark Vicente was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1965. With a father in Radio and a mother in the Diplomatic Service, he rarely stayed in one place for very long. living in such diverse places as Portugal, Brazil, Canada, and the US. When it came to his life’s passion, he took his cue from his Grandfather who owned an advertising agency. Taking his first photograph at age 4 he soon developed a keen eye for visual storytelling. This led to his “professional” decision at age 13 that he wanted to make movies.

He got his first big break as Director of Photography on the musical, “SARAFINA ” starring Whoopi Goldberg. In 1992 he got the opportunity to go to Hollywood and shoot a picture for Disney entitled, “FATHERHOOD” starring Patrick Swayze. He amassed experience shooting another 14 feature films in the US. In 2000, he decided it was time to embrace his inevitable destiny as a director. He began directing and shooting commercials and documentaries that gave voice to his rebelliousness and politically incorrect sense of humor. The Rockumentary, “WHERE ANGELS FEAR TO TREAD”, produced by Linda Evans, takes to task organized religion and the lengths to which human beings will go to abuse minorities and specifically woman, in the name of God.

“What the Bleep do we Know” is his most recent project and it’s success has been astounding. The audience, which Hollywood never said existed, seems to have come out in their droves in support of the film. And his dream of creating cinema to uplift and inspire, is finally coming to fruition.
Place at the Table
Hungry Ghosts
Presenter Michael Imperioli
; AGNT Host: Dr. Kathy Hearn


How is a spiritual awakening possible in this day and age? If we accept interdependence as a reality, how far do our responsibilities extend and to whom to do they extend to?How do we confront the ego as we try to develop spiritual principals and apply them to our lives?Can a spiritual path be used to fight and conquer addictions?Can the ancient spiritual wisdom of the East be cultivated and applied to the modern Western world and ways?

Mndfulness meditation - a guided group exercise focusing on the breath, recognizing thoughts as they come up

Michael Imperioli


Michael Imperioli is best known for his portrayal of Christopher Moltisanti on the acclaimed HBO series "The Sopranos," for which he won a Best Supporting Actor EMMY Award and was nominated for a GOLDEN GLOBE. In addition to his role as a cast member, he also wrote five episodes of the hit show.

Michael first came to the public's attention in the role of "Spider" in Martin Scorcese's GOODFELLAS. In his more than 30 film roles since, Michael has worked with acclaimed directors such as Spike Lee (JUNGLE FEVER, MALCOM X, CLOCKERS, GIRL 6, SUMMER OF SAM), the Hughes Brother's (DEAD PRESIDENTS), Nancy Savoka (HOUSEHOLD SAINTS), Gary Winnick (SWEET NOTHING, starring opposite Mira Sorvino), and Peter Jackson (the forthcoming LOVELY BONES). He was recently cast as a lead in "Life on Mars," which premiered on ABC in October.

As a writer, Michael has worked for Dimension and penned the screen adaptation of Mario Puzo's OMERTA for Miramax. He also wrote and executive produced SUMMER OF SAM. Working on the New York stage for over a decade, Michael has produced, directed and acted. Some of his work includes critically acclaimed performances in AVEN' U BOYS directed by Frederick Zollo, DISPLACED PERSONS (opposite Martha Plimpton), HALF DESERTED STREET, Seth Zvi Rosenfield's THE WRITING ON THE WALL, and LITTLE BLOOD BROTHER.

THE HUNGRY GHOSTS marks Michael's debut as a writer/director, and was written with many of his favorite actors and colleagues in mind.



Project Happiness

Project Happiness
Presenters: Randy Taran, Betsy Ingalls; AGNT Host: Dr. Roger Teel




Personal income has more than doubled in the past 50 years in the United States, yet happiness levels have remained the same. Recent research has shown that only 10% of our happiness is due to our external circumstances. What makes us happy?

We can rewire our brains to be happy, compassionate, and kind. All that it takes is practice. Generosity, gratitude, positivity, being mindful and in the present contribute to happiness. Happiness is contagious, and collective, and depends on the happiness of those we are connected to. 30 minute Workshop: Simple Practices to "get happy"

Randy Taran

Randy is the Founder, CEO & Chief Happiness Officer of Project Happiness and is co-author of the Project Happiness Handbook, an interactive journey that illustrates best practices in promoting social and emotional learning.To explore the question, “What brings lasting happiness?”, Randy produced a documentary film where students from three continents worked together on this quest, interviewing George Lucas, Richard Gere, neuroscientist Richard Davidson, and ultimately, the Dalai Lama.An experiential-learning curriculum grew from the film, integrating current research in positive psychology, neuroscience and mindfulness. These programs are being used in classrooms and youth programs globally.
Animal Communicators
Animal Communicator
Presenters: Jon Young;AGNT Host: Rev. Temple Hayes



Is there a spiritual awakening and a move towards more conscious interactions with nature? "We all have the spirit to communicate on this level but due to modern society's distractions we have lost this ability." says Breytenbach. How do we access it?

Through awareness and changing viewers perspectives, "We hope to help open people's minds to alternative ways of dealing with the management of human-wildlife conflict". Are there ways to apply this to your daily interactions with non-human species? Sharing exercises which open your sensitivity to animal communication?

Jon Young

  For the last 26 years, Jon has been mentoring folks in the nearly lost art of understanding bird and animal language. Just as science is beginning to see the credibility in this ancient skill, Jon has been leading communities world-wide to get these skills back through lectures, workshops, media—but mostly through training and mentoring. Jon’s leading-edge work on bird language has been posted in magazine articles and in books including: What the Robin Knows, Animal Tracking Basics, Coyotes Guide to Connecting with Nature, BirdTalk and Exploring Natural Mysteries, and is the subject of popular audio CD series including Seeing Through Native Eyes and Advanced Bird Language  
Walking the Camino Walking the Camino
Presenters: Lydia Smith, Anni O'Neil, Co-Producer and featured pilgrim
AGNT Host: Dr. Kenn Gordon




What does transformation look like? What does judgement/comparing do to others/to ourselves? How is life like a path and how do we choose the one right for us?
What is the nature of service/ the cycle of giving and receiving? What does it mean to be on pilgrimage?  How does it differ from a long hike? The tourist demands, the pilgrim is grateful - how does gratitude affect the perception of our experiences

People can write out gratitude lists, look for little ways they can be of service to others, not only to friends and family, but to complete strangers and look for nothing in return. 
Walking meditation or a sitting meditation guides people to finding what their own Camino is, what their inner guidance is calling out for them to be or do, using visioning for their own creative endeavours.

Lydia Smith

Lydia began her career in the film business over 27 years ago and has produced for CNN,PBS and foreign television. She has worked in both production and in the camera department on major motion pictures commercials, and music videos all over the world. In 2008, Lydia walked the Camino, and has a deep understanding of the power of the pilgrimage and of the captivating stories waiting to be told.

Annie O'Neil

  Annie has worked before as a producer on her own original series, A Day With Annie, which included such episodes as A Day With Annie on the Farm!, A Day With Annie at the Circus! and A Day With Annie In the Sky! She is delighted to have been able to participate in this incredible project as both a pilgrim and as a member of such a talented, inspiring, and dedicated production team.  
Presenters: Josh Izenberg, AGNT Host: Dr. Roger Teel

Josh Izenberg

Josh hails from Ann Arbor, where he earned a degree in Screenwriting from the University of Michigan. He's since worked as a copywriter, a cab driver, and a carpenter. SLOMO is his first documentary.


TOYFA Dying to Know
Presenters: Gay Dillingham; AGNT Host: Rev. Jim Lee,

WORKSHOP - plus Live Feed with Ram Dass

The unique relationship and history between two controversial characters - Ram Dass and Timothy Leary- inevitably brings up several of society’s most perennial issues: the taboo of death and dying, the war on drug, repression of personal choice, the convergence of Eastern and Western thought.

Society requires new perspectives to build a healthier relationship to how we live and how we die. How can we create the opportunity to shift this paradigm profoundly? How can we take this film to inspire deeper conversations and help that movement? What can we do in our communities?

Gay Dillingham

  Gay has consistently juggled her parallel passions for the environment, public policy and communication through film all in an effort to deepen our human experience and success while on this marvelous planet.Her first documentary, The WIPP Trail, narrated by Robert Redford, cast a critical eye at our nation's first and still world's only underground nuclear waste repository.My Body Belongs to Me, a children's pro-active educational program on sexual abuse, earned the American Film Festival award for "Guidance & Values Education". Her company co-produced Dr. Andrew Weil's first PBS programs in the mid 90s. Gay then co-founded and managed two environmental technology companies: Earthstone International and Growstone. Under the Richardson Administration she served eight years on the EIB, a regulatory board in charge of environmental management and consumer protection for the State of New Mexico. Under her tenure the EIB spear-headed the passage of the most comprehensive regulations on greenhouse gases in the country.She was one of only four Americans who joined Governor Richardson as his energy advisor on a private mission to North Korea in December 2010. Many believe this small delegation helped avert what likely could have ended in armed conflict /war.Dying to Know has been a labor of love she has cultivated on and off for 18 years; footage so compelling is was haunting her to finish. She is grateful to be back to her life's passion making films & telling meaningful stories.
  Ram Dass  
  Ram Dass first went to India in 1967. He was still Dr. Richard Alpert, a prominent Harvard psychologist and psychedelic pioneer with Dr. Timothy Leary. He continued his psychedelic research until that fateful Eastern trip in 1967, when he traveled to India. In India, he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, affectionately known as Maharajji, who gave Ram Dass his name, which means “servant of God.” Everything changed then – his intense dharmic life started, and he became a pivotal influence on a culture that has reverberated with the words “Be Here Now” ever since. Ram Dass’ spirit has been a guiding light for three generations, carrying along millions on the journey, helping to free them from their bonds as he works through his own.
Since 1968, Ram Dass has pursued a panoramic array of spiritual methods and practices from potent ancient wisdom traditions, including bhakti or devotional yoga focused on the Hindu deity Hanuman; Buddhist meditation in the Theravadin, Mahayana Tibetan and Zen Buddhist schools, and Sufi and Jewish mystical studies. Perhaps most significantly, his practice of karma yoga or spiritual service has opened up millions of other souls to their deep, yet individuated spiritual practice and path. Ram Dass continues to uphold the boddhisatva ideal for others through his compassionate sharing of true knowledge and vision. His unique skill in getting people to cut through and feel divine love without dogma is still a positive influence on many people from all over the planet.