The Big Picture

The only journey is the one within. Mandorla follows Ernesto, a visual artist and seeker stuck in a corporate job, who is drawn by dark magical visions to a medieval French city. There he seeks an elusive banker to help him unlock an obscure dream that threatens his job, family, and sanity.



US tour kicks off with SOLD OUT première in palo alto!!!

 Very pleased to announce the start of Mandorla's US tour at Landmark's Aquarius Theater on Thursday May 19 at 7:30PM.


Hosted by Director Roberto Miller and Producer Liz Holdship.


Tickets are no longer available as this screening has sold out! (our two pre-screenings here sold out as well, proving there's no place like home!)


Tickets remain for our San Jose and Larkspur screenings listed below.


Our reception will be held with our good friends at the La Boheme bistro, 415 California Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Lite bites and champagne will be offered, along with giving out some free posters!



May 19 - Palo Alto, CA - 7:30PM - Landmark's Aquarius Theater - tickets (SOLD OUT)
              (co-sponsored by La Boheme)

May 22 - San Jose, CA - 7:30PM - Camera Cinemas 12 - buy tickets here from Camera 12

May 29 - Larkspur, CA - 7:30PM - the historic Lark Theater - buy tickets here on Tugg
              (co-sponsored by Color A Go-Go, who color graded Mandorla!)

More US cities and dates will be added soon here and will also show up on the Mandorla event page at Tugg.

If you don't see a screening in your city and want one, YOU can host a screening in a theater or in a community center or campus near you. That's how Tugg works and it's pretty simple and cool! Check out their promoter walk-through here.



Begins September 7 with our enthusiastic French distributor, Wayna Pitch



Oct. 2 - Zurich - 18:30 - Riffraff - ticket info soon



Invading soon. Stay tuned. 


Exciting times to say the least, glad to share with you, hope to see you at a screening soon!





Sponsors support us and we support them! 

Our good friends and supporters at Alliance Française Silicon Valley are hosting their 3rd annual French Festival of Classical Music at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.

May 12 and 14. Be sure to check it out!


Spreadsheets before the Announcement

This morning I went through my normal routine, sitting down with a cup of coffee at my desk, starting the computer, and, most importantly, switching on the music stream from my favorite internet radio station, Radio Paradise

I try not to think about working with a spreadsheet to roughly organize the film's tour this summer. Mind you, I am very excited about the tour itself, but I really don't like making spreadsheets in Excel. I'm a visual guy. I'd much rather Photoshop something.

The music programming on Radio Paradise by Bill Goldman is extraordinary. You often feel unspoken threads of connections from song to song. "Let the Day Begin" by The Call could be followed by "Loose Yourself" by the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. And the connection is... The Call's Michael Been is the father of BRMC's Robert Levon Been, and "Loose Yourself" is Robert's tribute to his father, who died while managing BRMC's stage on tour. The listner comments on RP's website will often share more about the song-connections.

This morning, while doing small tasks and generally procrastinating from getting into the spreadsheet, RP plays a cool, classical tune that catches my ear. I turn to the RP website and see that it is: Erik Satie, "Gnossienne No. 1," from 1904. I look at the listener comments and read from hayduke2 in Southhampton NY:

Gorgeous music!  : )
first heard (read) of Satie in "The Banquet Years: The Origins of the Avant-Garde in France, 1885 to World War I (1955) Roger Shattuck -  who said: "Everything has been said. Erik SatieBut nobody listens. Therefore it has to be said all over again—only better. In order to say it better, we have to know how it was said before."

Shattuck's quote resounds with a key scene toward the end of Mandorla.

I grab the quote and a still from the film and, you guessed it, fire-up Photoshop. You now see the resulting image above. Sometimes, procrastinating can lure us away to an interesting place where we find something useful, or at least affirmative. At least that's my story.

OK. Now. Back to work! On to speadsheets, and then some very exciting news to share about Mandorla playing in theaters this summer! 





Audience connects with mandorla at first screening!

Mandorla's opening frames on the screen in front of a sold-out audience at the newly remodled Aquarius Theater in Palo Alto

Expectations were high at Mandorla's first public screening. All 100+ seats were sold out. The waiting list was 40 deep. People lined up at the door, some without tickets, hoping for cancellations.

Max Bouchard, our host and friend, and sponsor from Alliance Française Silicon Valley, handled everything with grace. Stefan Meier of the Palo Alto Independent Film Club also responded well. As for me, I was focused elsewhere.

The final cut of the film was not finished, nor tested, until 5 hours before the screening. It's an interesting story involving, as you might guess, sleepness nights working at a computer. Two shots (about 40 seconds) needed to be removed like taking the slack out of a chain, or more aptly, tightening a guitar string. The edit was relatively easy.  Re-rendering and mastering the entire film, however, into a digital cinema package (DCP) was a long meticulous process.

Finished just in time, Mandorla played to a vibrant audience and seemed more affecting than ever. They applauded and, during the Q&A, shared how this personal film and inner journey resonated with their own lives. There is nothing better for a filmmaker to hear because it means the primary purpose of the film has been met.

Many also said they wanted to see the film again, because they felt there was more there than they could take in on one pass. I confessed that Liz and I too liked films like that, ones that we see over and over through the years, discovering more of what they offer. I can't tell you how humbled I am that people feel that way about Mandorla too.









Every filmmaker wants the film they have labored over with love, sweat, blood, and tears to have an audience. It is particularly touching when an audience eagerly awaits to see it.

Our deepest thanks to Max Bouchard, Alliance Française Silicon Valley, Stefan and the The Palo Independent Film Group, and our friends and supporters for selling out our first paid screening.

Liz and I will see you there, if not at this screening then others that are now coming together.