Second Seed Productions is a production company that upholds the sacred stories*.
During this critical moment in history - when it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by anxiety about our swiftly-warming planet, or bombarded by divisive politics and propaganda - we press pause to tell stories that spark memory about the truth of who we are as a human family.
We trace story roots back to meet our ancestors, whose stories push forward through us to meet our children.
Questions we consider in selecting and creating projects: What seeds did our ancestors plant for us? Which do we water? And what new seeds will we sow for future generations?
We foster and produce fiction and nonfiction films, theatre and multi-disciplinary art.
* "The second seed was the sacred stories: myths, legends, fairy tales, folklore, and the perennial themes that keep reappearing in various guises throughout history. They have always been with us, so that however far we have wandered into the Labyrinth of Separation, we have always had a lifeline, however tenuous and tangled, to the truth. The stories nurture that tiny spark of memory within us that knows our origin and our destination. The ancients, knowing that the truth would be co-opted and distorted if left in explicit form, encoded it into stories. When we hear or read one of these stories, even if we cannot decode the symbolism, we are affected on an unconscious level. Myths and fairy tales represent a very sophisticated psychic technology. Each generation of storytellers, without consciously intending to, transmits the covert wisdom that it learned, unconsciously, from the stories told it."
Excerpt from Charles Eisenstein's essay, The Three Seeds
Some examples of sacred stories (or stories with a strong element of a sacred story present):
The Red Shoes, The Handless Maiden, Skeleton Woman, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin, The Long Sheet by William Sansom, Sandra Cisneros’ poetry, How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl’s books (Matilda, The BFG, The Witches…), The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupéry, Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Passion by Jeanette Winterson, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth, The NeverEnding Story (dir. Wolfgang Petersen), Cléo de 5 à 7 (dir. Agnès Varda), L’esquive (dir. Abdellatif Kéchiche), The OA (dir. Zal Batmanglij), Return to Oz (dir. Walter Murch), The Dressmaker (dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse), Winter’s Bone (dir. Debra Granik), The Shape of Water (dir. Guillermo del Toro), and on and on…