“The Masterless Journey”: Free Movie Resource

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I wanted to let you know about a series of 8 short videos on YouTube that I helped to create alongside Craig Shimahara, writer and director of the feature film “MASTERLESS.”  The videos (called The MASTERLESS Journey) contain clips that explain the themes and symbolism in the movie, along with discussion questions you can use for personal reflection or in a large or small group discussion at your church, home, or workplace.  Topics include loneliness, purpose in life, doubts, the relevance of faith in today’s world, and hope.  The video series is narrated by lead actor, Adam LaVorgna, whose own life has parallels to his character in the film, Kane Madison.  I’ve also written a supplementary “Leader’s Guide which contains all the written discussion questions, and additional resources for deeper exploration.

Check out the video resource here: “The MASTERLESS Journey” YouTube Channel

A summary of “MASTERLESS” from the film’s website: Kane Madison is an architect working in Los Angeles while his doppelganger-like spirit, an eighteenth century Ronin, wanders a parallel netherworld of masked demons and Japanese swordsmen.  When tragedy strikes, Kane embarks on a journey of faith which prompts the Ronin to seek out his true master in the spirit world… both will face many battles along their intertwining roads towards peace.

It was very enjoyable to work on “The MASTERLESS Journey,” and to develop resources that get people talking about their lives and topics that matter.  Here is a picture of our video shoot with Adam LaVorgna.


“MASTERLESS” was just released on DVD, and will also be available on Dish Network, DirecTV, Comcast, Netflix, Best Buy, Amazon Prime, Walmart, Google Play, and iTunes.

Shimahara previously wrote and directed the short film “Good Soil,” starring Shin Koyamada.

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