People v. The State of Illusion Debuts as No. 1 Movie Over the Weekend


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Sep 16, 2011, 13:00 ET from People v. The State of Illusion

PHOENIX, Sept. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- People v. The State of Illusion made its theatrical debut last weekend, and audiences flocked to its opening. With packed audiences each night, Harkins announced that the film was No. 1 at the Harkins Camelview Theatres in Scottsdale, one of the top independent theaters in the country. The film significantly outperformed Higher Ground, Senna, and The Guard also playing at the theater.

"I think People v. The State of Illusion really resonates with people because it addresses issues like stress, perception, and how we look at life, but does so in the context of a story that is emotionally compelling," says filmmaker Austin Vickers.  

"If you have ever thought about who you really are, or wonder whether or not as an individual, family, community or country we can overcome the issues we face, then this movie will really speak to you."  

Although receiving mixed reviews from movie critics, the film seemed to really appeal to audiences according to award-winning Director Scott Cervine.

"I have been making movies and attending premieres for more than 18 years and I have never seen audience reactions like we had.  It was amazing."

The movie, unique in cinematic art in that it addresses the viewer directly and makes the viewer a part of the film's conclusion as both judge and jury, is set in the notorious "Old Main Prison" of the New Mexico State Penitentiary.

It tells the story of Aaron Roberts, a single father who is arrested and tried on manslaughter and assault charges following an incident that claims the life of a woman. Included in the film's trial as expert witnesses are eight of the nation's leading thinkers in the fields of neuroscience, biochemistry, psychology, quantum physics, and consciousness theory, including Dr. Candace Pert, Dr. Peter Senge, Dr. Thomas Moore, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Debbie Ford, Dr. Robert Jahn, Brenda Dunne, and Dr. Michael Vandermark.

Filmmaker Austin Vickers to host an encore Q&A immediately following the 7 p.m. show this Saturday, Sept. 17. TO ORDER TICKETS GO TO:


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