Milton’s Secret is a spirituality-themed family drama adapted from the children’s book of the same name. The book was co-written by Eckhart Tolle and Robert S. Friedman, with illustrations by Frank Riccio.
Eckhart Tolle is a spiritual teacher who wrote the New York Times best-selling books The Power of Now and A New Earth. According to the publisher, Tolle's children’s book boils down the essentials of The Power of Now:
In the film's crowd-funding video, Tolle explains that the purpose of Milton’s Secret is to give children the mental tools necessary to achieve “a state of consciousness that does not generate unnecessary unhappiness, suffering, and anxiety.”
Barnet Bain co-penned the screenplay with Sara B. Cooper and Donald Martin. Bain also directs the film. His past credits include The Lost & Found Family (2009) and What Dreams May Come (1998), starring Robin Williams. Sara B. Cooper has some impressive writing credits to boast, such as Continuum, The X-Files, and Sanctuary.
Milton’s Secret was shot by cinematographer Ray Dumas. Principal photography occurred in Hamilton, Ontario; Brampton, Ontario; and Vancouver, British Columbia.
The cast includes Donald Sutherland as Grandpa Howard, William Ainscough as Milton, and LOST(2004-2010) alum Michelle Rodriguez, who plays Milton’s teacher.
You can discover Milton’s Secret when it premieres at Vancouver International Film Festival on September 30th, 2016. For those who can’t make it to the festival, the film will be made available the same day in theaters, On Demand, and Digital HD. An additional screening is planned at VIFF for October 9th.
The trailer is available below: