Exploring Jungian Psychology Through Short Films.

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Exploring Jungian Psychology Through Short Films. (Formally Lauralewisbarrfilms.com) LAUGH!

Join us to explore psychology, spirituality, and innerwork — through fairytales, mythology, storytelling and homemade stop motion films!

We love the work of Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell, Michael Meade, Marie Louise Von Franz, Edward Edinger, Helen Luke….

Are you an artist or educator interested in depth psychology. Get in touch!

Thoughtful films, made with love.

I’m Laura Lewis-Barr, an award-winning stop-motion filmmaker and educator.   

My focus is on animating fairy tales and mythic stories for personal and collective transformation. 

I make my micro budget films in my basement in Chicago.

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Bite-sized stories – filled with perennial wisdom.

Still from Gnarly Inside.

Fairy tales are the simplest and purest expressions of the collective unconscious and thus offer the clearest understanding of the basic patterns of the human psyche. -Marie Louise Von Franz

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Psyche's cinema - short films

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I encourage people to do their own mining of story, for the scraped knuckles, the sleeping on cold ground, the groping in the dark & the adventures on the way are worth everything. There must be a little spilled blood on every #story if it is to carry the medicine
Clarissa Pinkola Estés
First selection for our chicken fable!
Coming soon!
Feeling good is a poor measure of a life, but living meaningfully is a good one, for then we are living a developmental rather than regressive agenda. We never get it all worked out anyway. Life is ragged, and truth is still more raggedy.
 ~James Hollis
Old family dynamics emerging on Thanksgiving.....
Our early 9 minute film that reminds me of "A Christmas Carol."  Happy Thanksgiving to all! https://psychescinema.com/free-short-films/the-clown/
#Fairytales and dreams provoke. Their fantastic images and stories challenge the ego's understanding.  Laughter or confusion - my films seek to provoke too. 
Josh offers a wonderful deep dive podcast.  So happy to be a guest on his program which was released today!  We talked about the religious function, fairytales, filmmaking, the inner child, Joseph Campbell and much more.  Thank you Josh! https://explorerpoet.com/2023/11/21/e48-laura-lewis-barr/
Newest blog post. In the Grimm tale, “The Straw, the Coal and the Bean," a small bean laughs at the misfortune of the others and has a great misfortune himself. He bursts! https://psychescinema.com/von-franz-and-the-joke-story/
Today's filming.  The demons.....
Happy that this longer #fairytale film will be screened in Erie PA this month!
Fairy tale characters & their constellations are divested of all personal trappings, thus in them unconscious processes can be seen in their typical forms. The psychology of the unconscious can learn a great deal from fairy tales since they describe essential human archetypal phenomena. Carl Jung went so far as to define fairy tales as the anatomy of the psyche. 
- Psychotherapist Mario Jacoby
This continues to be a season of returning to old haunts. I love filmmaking AND it feels amazing to venture back to my roots in the theatre.  Now, much inner and outer work awaits!
Today's filming, our current project - "Dumpling!"
Update on this past year for Psyches Cinema, new #blog post.
“Death is only one way of dying; living partially, living fearfully, is our more common, daily collusion with death.”
― James Hollis, What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life
Following the flight of the bird is a folktale motif, and the so-called dummling is the one who can do it. It is a path tracked by Eros, not power, by poetic faith, not intellect
Thomas Elsner, Animals and Analysis: The Grimm’s Tale “The Three Languages” #fairytales 
See our adaptation - The Linguist - here!  
Back in the editing room after a LONG detour.  Still from our upcoming #fairytale #comedy film, "Dumpling," based on a Japanese tale.
Yay!  For Gaia and the King: an Eco Fable.  You can see it here.  https://psychescinema.com/free-short-films/gaia-and-the-king-an-eco-fable/
Thank you Peter Michael Dedes for our conversation, a deep dive into the mysteries of #storytelling, psychology and #fairytales
Exciting to see Making A Monster on the big screen at the Chicago Indie Film Night!
The Gods and Goddesses of myth, legend and fairy tale represent archetypes, real potencies and potentialities deep within the psyche, which, when allowed to flower permit us to be more fully human.
Margot Adler
Beginning a new film! So much to do and so much to decide. Making cast choices.   He is perfect, now waiting for wardrobe....
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