Team

 

Sean A. Mulvihill, President

Sean A. Mulvihill is an actor, musician, director, writer, producer, visionary leader for a peaceful world — and generally a pretty happy guy.

His story begins at the age of 7, when he asked his dad why there were poor people in the world.  His father replied that there wasn’t enough money to go around for everyone.  Sean replied, “Well the government prints the money, why don’t they print more and give it to the poor people?”  His dad said, “It’s not that simple, that would cause inflation…”  And the conversation continued, but the little boy’s dream of a world of equality and togetherness began to grow stronger. Abundance and joy seemed to Sean to be everyone’s birthright.  He couldn’t even fathom any need for lack or discouragement.  And to this day, he cannot.

Sean has communed with the divine (the unknown) in direct conversation since those years, listening to silence which sounds like “a thousand lightning bugs”, as Ramana Maharshi once described it. Sean hears the voice of his Creator (or maybe just his intuition, he knows he can’t prove anything), loud and clear, and the voice only says one thing: “love-peace-joy” and says this in thousands of eloquent and beautiful ways, many of them silent.

In his grammar school years, Sean’s natural quietness and slowness to speak, was drowned out by the type-A world of education — the fastest, wittiest, and oftentimes loudest answer was rewarded most of the time, and in order to compete, he started becoming a bit of a loudmouth.  He just wanted to be heard — and in 3rd grade he discovered theatre, in which an audience of people who usually wouldn’t listen to him would have to sit quietly and hear whatever he had to say.  And the applause was certainly enjoyable.  He had found his first love.

At the age of 10, a classmate, Mike Martens, introduced Sean to the exciting world of video production — and his second love was born.  This prompted Sean to become the youngest television producer at the local community TV station, and cemented his pseudo-celebrity role in Bolingbrook, IL lore as the producer of a live, late-night teen variety show.  A move to Hollywood was inevitable, and at age 18, he hit the road for L.A., supported by his loving family.

He attended the University of Southern California’s School of Theatre in Los Angeles and received a BFA in Acting, but more importantly, he learned how to act, which is synonymous with learning compassion for the inner workings of all people.  Lora Zane, a gifted acting instructor, turned him on to the teaching of Eckhart Tolle, and the new vocabulary with which Sean could use to describe his own awakening was quickly turning into a “life’s work” type of video project.

In 2004, at the age of 23, Sean’s idea for a film about enlightenment—did it truly exist?—blossomed into the HD docu/drama feature film,  Living Luminaries: On the Serious Business of Happiness (also titled The Awakening of Sean Mulvihill), produced by Wanna Be Now, LLC.  On the production, Mr. Mulvihill served as creator, co-writer, co-producer, and as the on-screen host who navigates the viewer on a journey toward happinesss.  The film stars Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now), Marianne Williamson, don Miguel Ruiz (The Four Agreements), and Michael Bernard Beckwith, among other luminaries.  The film is currently in domestic DVD release from Beyond Words, a division of Simon and Schuster, with foreign sales by Fortune Features.

After the film’s completion, he spent several years traveling, acting in theatre, and falling in love with the beauty one notices when the mind is still.  This voyage of exploration led him as far away as Macau, China, but brought him once again to Los Angeles, where he likes the (1) climate, (2) the high level of film/video production, and (3) the amount of “spiritual” people.  For him, it’s a good place.  And he has deeply discovered upon his return that his truest love is (4) inner peace.

Hollywood Happiness was born in a dream on a May morning in 2010, and the vision of “cooperative, inspiring film production” has been in place ever since.

Chris Gray,  Production Assistant 

A successful attorney for over 20 years, Chris came to desire spirituality in her life and found it in alanon, meditation, yoga, along with the coaching of Debbie Brickell and others. Eventually she wanted serenity in her work as well as her private life. Adopting the principals of Abraham as supplied by Jerry and Ester Hicks, and the teachings of Eckhart Tolle among many others she embarked on a path leading to her work with Sean Mulvihill and Hollywood Happiness.

After having been aware of the manipulation of television commercials and product placements for a long time, she became conscious of the spiritually unsatisfying content of virtually all television shows and movies. Being sensitive to gratuitous violence, sensationalism and mindless fluff she realized how little there was to watch. Like many of her friends, she was going to cancel her cable subscription. She read books and only watched movies that were thoroughly vetted by others first.

However, around 2008 she felt inspired to write. Because it was bringing her so much joy and love, she wanted to share her perspective on life with others. She decided not to reject the medium of film and television, but work to improve the content there because it was how you reach the widest possible audience. Having no idea how to do this, she just began to visualize, tell her dream to others and do anything related to it. She watched films, subscribed to the Spiritual Cinema Circle, poured over filmmaker interviews, and read books. In October of 2008 a friend of a friend suggested she attend the Travel Channel Academy. She took the intensive course and got a taste of moving making.

Since that time she has made a few short films for contests, volunteered to help a local cinematographer and a made few vacation and wedding videos. In 2012 she met Sean at a networking meeting for spiritual creatives in Hollywood and heard his mission. She felt instantly inspired to help him with his work in any way she could. Although inexperienced in the film industry, Chris is an adept researcher and copywriter. She is a creative, logical, organized and constructive thinker. She is able to find creative solutions in difficult situations. With her calm spiritual intellect she intuitively inspires and assists others to attain the authentic joy, love and peace they seek.

Chris loves being a part of the fabulous storytelling process of movies. She shares Sean’s dream of cooperative inspiring film production and is still helping him, “any way she can”. She is a valuable production team member at Hollywood Happiness.

 

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