'Film and Story' — a Conversation with John Fontaine.
Updated: Jan 12
'Think about your favorite movies. Notice that every good story has the same ingredients. Love. Adventure. Danger. Heroism. Romance. Love. Sacrifice. The Battle of Good and Evil. Unlikely heroes. Insurmountable odds. And a little fellowship that in hope beyond hope pulls through in the end...
There's a story written on the human heart.'
— John Eldredge, 'Epic'
Soon after our first conversation, me and my dear friend John Fontaine — a man of great depth, experience and wisdom — have been planning to sit down and record a second conversation, talking about films and what they mean to us. For stories have meaning and our favourite stories mean something to us for reasons far deeper than we have known...
And this is our invitation — deeper knowledge. A knowledge of the heart, its story, and its place in the world.
Your inner self — your heart — matters, and matter deeply...
And the stories that move your heart are indicators of its deep nature. There is a story that your heart has been leading you to, from your very first days in this world.
But most of us have forgotten. Most of us no longer have the same that once gave us joy, hope, and a desire to belong and have a purpose in the world.
Most of us have stopped living long time ago, and are just surviving.
Yet, we still reach out to story. We still look for a context that is either bigger than our own life, or runs parallel with it.
We are trying to find our way back.
The fact that you like or dislike certain films means something. The fact that you once loved some stories and no longer do, also means something.
The heart is indeed broken, and as its story changes, so do the stories that we seek.
We have all suffered, and we are all broken...
'The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.'
— Ernest Hemingway, 'A Farewell to Arms'
How have you been wooed by your favourite films when you were still young, when the magic on the screen was still so strong?
How have you changed, in your later years, in your search for it?
How is it seeking to come back?
Join me and my friend John Fontaine, for an unscripted conversation where we delve deep into our favourite films and the stories that surrounds them.
'We all long to be in a story worth living...what's your story?'
— John Fontaine
Listen to the audio here
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Who is John Fontaine?
John Fontaine (born John Jamiolkowski) is a writer, an initiator of men, and director of Maximus Heart — an outpost for men that focuses on stories from the wellspring of life – along with battling for the heart in its quest for freedom on the spiritual and masculine journey.
As an ally and intercessor for Wild at Heart since 2009, he has led Wild at Heart, Fathered by God, and many other trainings based on the books of John Eldredge and attended both the Wild at Heart Boot Camp (2009) and Wild at Heart Advanced Boot Camp (2010 & 2014) in the mountains of Colorado along with men from around the world. His blog posts about the spiritual and masculine journey with God have inspired men across the globe in the pursuit of transformation of their hearts and stories.
His background in group dynamics and leadership also involves a quarter-century’s experience in men’s work associated with The ManKind Project, an organization dedicated to assisting men in deeper initiatory journeys towards becoming wholehearted and on mission in the world. He was initiated through the New Warrior Training Adventure in 1996.
John loves the heart and everything that stirs it – films, music, beauty, and yes, sometimes, even a little bourbon! He has been handwriting personal journals since 1980 and is now curating his 40-year collection for a memoir entitled Glorious Ruins.
Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, he lives in Louisville, KY, USA with a dream in his heart of spending his later years among the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.
Click here if you would like to revisit our first conversation.
With much respect,