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“Looking back, now that I’m getting ready to shoot Youth Group with Thor Ramsey and Stephen Baldwin, it’s funny because it all really started with a decent camera and my goldfish, Goldy,” Christopher Shawn Shaw chuckles over the phone as he reminisces about how he began being noticed for his work.

Shaw is making his feature film directorial debut shooting Youth Group, a comedy about America’s favorite youth pastor, Guy Sides, who is stuck in the mega-church marketing machine, and wants to find his passion again. Surrounded by sincere –but zany—church leadership, it could be that everything he needs to renew his faith is right in front of him.

It’s clear Shaw didn’t despise his small beginnings as he candidly discusses his journey to directing his first major feature film, how being resourceful was instrumental in where he’s at today, and what it takes to realize and accomplish a long sought after dream.

Jamie Hope (JH): Did you always want to be a director? Is that something you thought of as a child that you wanted to do when you grew up?

Christopher Shawn Shaw (CSS): I wanted to be an actor, a movie star! Movies fascinated me from a very early age. It was either that or an illusionist, even a marine biologist so I could work at Sea World. There were a lot of things rolling around in there.

To read more, go to: Shaw Interview

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at ease

At Ease is a short film I wrote in coordination with my partner, Mark Stiles. Mark came up with the story idea as a way to honor our veterans and shed light on the issues they face post deployment.

What started out as a short film idea, has developed into a partnership with Director Christopher Shawn Shaw, who is in the process of filming Youth Group the movie with Stephen Baldwin, and Actor Jerry Della Salla, who acted alongside Matt Damon in Green Zone. We are in the process of developing funds for the project that will be used to highlight and donate to a veterans non-profit organization.

To see more on this project, go to our Facebook Page, At Ease (We are still in the developing phase of our website,) and you can listen to the radio interview I did on The Big Show as well. For more information, feel free to contact me at:


While I enjoy a good conspiracy theory, I never give them much weight unless there are verifiable facts. What I am about to share sounds like a far-fetched sci-fi fiction scenario, so pay attention to the facts and don’t quit reading if you find the first part mundane, because this article will get interesting.

 The Hadron Collider, also known as CERN is the largest machine man has ever made. It’s a whopping seventeen miles long and buried 574 feet beneath the earth’s surface (This is to keep radiation underground—enter environmentalists.) Construction began in 1998 with the help of over 10,000 scientists from over one hundred countries and it’s located on the border of France and Switzerland. It is the most aggressive spirit hunting, I mean, scientific experiment endeavored by the scientific community.

Stick with me through this part even if you don’t understand the technical explanation, it really doesn’t have much to do with this article. However, for background, the technical definition in a nutshell is, they are accelerating hundreds of millions of protons to just beneath the speed of light, then they are going to compress them to a human hair width and collide as many as 600,000,000 particles per second.

What does that mean to the average Joe? A lot, so don’t quit reading. Listen to Stephen Hawking’s warning on the project. According to renowned top physicist Hawking, he worried they could open a black hole that could destroy our universe should certain criteria be met. However, the scientists involved in the experiment have seemingly ignored his and others warnings.

Did I mention that it cost $13.25 Billion to create and run? But don’t worry, governments assist with paying for this venture. Wait, that means taxpayer dollars. So, you paid for part of it. But don’t worry, some of the money comes from private funds.

So why would these scientists band together to continue a dangerous experiment of this magnitude that costs so much money they could, I don’t know, feed and house a few people who are starving to death? Here’s where things get interesting, or weird, or perplexing, however you would like to categorize the information you are about to receive.

Let’s start with the fact that a very large statue of the Hindu god Shiva, the god of death and destruction, is displayed right outside the facility. How odd for a bunch of scientists who generally tend to be atheists. Why would they have any god, much less the one of death and destruction as their “mascot” for their potentially destructive experiment? Hang on, this gets better. On the plaque engraved below is the following dedication:

Omnipresent, the embodiment of all virtues, the creator of this cosmic universe, king of dancers, who dances the Ananda Tandava, in the Twilight, I salute thee.


Let’s go ahead a little further and add what the Director for Research and Scientific Computing at CERN, Sergio Bertolucci said, “Out of this door might come something, or we might send something through it.” In other words, they believe through this experiment they could open a door to another dimension, or a parallel unseen realm, and communicate with it.

One could dismiss this quote looking for another dimension as something “scientific,” however, look once again at the mascot. What does Ananda Tandava even mean? This is a dance, Shiva’s dance that many people do in Indian culture to unite with this “god.” It means the Dance of Bliss and symbolizes the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction.

So why would atheist scientists spend billions of dollars to create an experiment with a god of destruction mascot, to the consternation of renown physicists who believe we could destroy our universe as a result, just to attempt to open portals and communicate with another world?

Physicists also believe there could be an atom of distance between us and a parallel realm. For lack of time to explain what scientists are realizing without wanting to outright divulge, is that there is another realm, possibly of a spiritual origin that exists that they are trying to prove. But how crazy would it be if they just outright said this from the beginning? Imagine saying, hey, we want to be Ghost Hunters, but really smart ones. So they call this a fancy experiment of trying to create the Higgs-Boson i.e. the God particle (a term which scientists hate) to see how the particle behaves. Really, they are still trying to figure out how that darn universe was created now that they realize based on evidence that it most likely wasn’t the result of a “bang.”

If you read the article, No Big Bang? Quantum Equation Predicts Universe Has No Beginning, hopefully you will laugh as I did at the lofty scientific explanation given for their conundrum. In layman’s terms, the Big Bang mathematically only makes sense after the bang. They can’t account for the origin of it. In other words, they still have no idea where the universe came from and say it could have been eternal. I wonder if it hurts to know reading the Bible would have cleared this up…in the first book—called Genesis—in other words—in the beginning.

But I digress. So we have 10,000 scientists paying homage to gods and looking for them in an alternate parallel unseen realm? Is this what they could really be doing?

 Perhaps before going any further they should really look at the scientific context of the Old Testament and the Tower of Babel. Do people really think God separated people because they built a tower so high it would reach heaven (I mean at some point you pass out from lack of oxygen right?) What would that say of the intellect of God? Many scholars now believe they were building a tower that was capable of piercing the veil between our realm and the realm of the unseen, because they knew Babylon was an area where a portal of some sort was located.

It sounds nutty? Nutty like a seventeen mile long, $13 billion apparatus that is attempting to open a doorway to an unknown realm? Nutty like the phenomena of the Bermuda Triangle? Or how we still cannot manage to figure out how those pyramids, which are perfectly aligned astrologically were built even with all of our technology?

Did I forget to mention that the decided location of the operation was in a town where the god Apollo’s Temple was built and it was believed there was also a portal to the underworld in this location? But I am sure these Shiva loving, realm seeking atheist geniuses had no idea.

Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction. Perhaps those scientists aren’t so godless after all. Perhaps they will find what they are looking for, but most likely they won’t like what they find.

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Remember the Dr. Seuss book, ‘The Sneetches’, where in a town there were two kinds of Sneetches, ones that had a green star on their bellies and ones that did not? The Sneetches with the green stars thought they were special and therefore would discriminate and shun those that did not. A man named Mr. McBean came to town offering the Sneetches without a star, a machine that for a few dollars would put a star on their bellies too so they can be like the other popular Sneetches and no longer shunned. When the ones with stars realized the ones they shunned now were just like them, they paid the man to go through his removal machine and have their stars taken off so they could once again be special. This of course resulted in confusion as to who was a true Sneetch. All the while by the time the Sneetches realized what had been done and that nothing had changed, Mr. McBean left town a rich man.

The Sneetches today, in our world, represent Democrats and Republicans, Conservatives and Liberals, or whatever labels we have stuck to one another. The problem with our country is that when one party is in power, for example the Republicans, they wear the green star on their bellies. I am not referring to our leaders by the way—we will get to them in a minute. I am referring to the non-elected general population. The Republicans shun the ideals of the Democrats; say they are evil and destroying our country. Then something happens, the power shifts and the Democrats now have the green star on their bellies. They argue in the public square, defriend each other on Facebook, call each other names like sneetchbaggers and type hateful comments on online articles never having met one another. They just identify themselves by which Sneetch they are, never bothering to get to know the other Sneetch. I would bet those Sneetches would actually have a lot in common other than having stars or not having stars.

The problem is while the Sneetches (in case you didn’t get it, American’s) are taking turns wearing the green star (believe they now have the power) and fighting one another, they are forgetting about the one causing the mayhem—Mr. McBean (those in government and running our economy), and guess what? Mr. McBean doesn’t care if you are wearing a green star or not because he is the one causing the mayhem. He is causing the mayhem because as long as he can keep the Sneetches arguing, and funding his machine, he will continue to take all of their money, power, and freedom.

He doesn’t just take money from the ones with the stars or the ones without, he takes it from all Sneetches no doubt. When he leaves town a rich man all of the Sneetches confused they realize they feel bad for their brother Sneetch they refused. For although they were all Sneetches they allowed the government to take away, all their money and rights in one day. Mr. McBean made them fools and his profit was great. For he made it out of town before it was too late. Mr. McBean left their country completely destroyed and with nothing, now the sneetches didn’t care about a star they just wished they had something.

Let’s not be sneetches America.

I have always wanted to peer into the spirit realm. Just a glimpse is what I pray for. Not that it has any bearing on my faith. I just want to see what exactly is going there? I will never pray that prayer again after Howard Storm told me definitively it is not something I want to see. He knows, he has seen it more than once.

Howard Storm has been on many television programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, 48 hours, Discovery Channel, NBC’s Today Show and Joni Lamb discussing his experience in hell and with Jesus while on a trip to Europe with the students he taught as a college professor at the University of Kentucky. Howard was a self described hedonist. In his early years he went to California to experience the ‘culture shift’ which included atheism, sex, drugs and alcohol. He confessed that he not only didn’t believe in God but that he was hostile toward Him. He even went as far as to target students of faith to get them to turn on their beliefs. He says he and other professors would brag about how many students they had gotten to lose their faith. But dying in a hospital room in Europe instantly changed his heart and mind.

As he described on Joni Lamb, “When I left my body I didn’t understand what was happening since I didn’t believe in life after death. All I knew was that thing in the bed was not me anymore. I was more alive than I ever felt.” He tried to talk to his wife and his roommate but they didn’t hear him. “I heard voices from another room calling my name and they were saying hurry up let’s go. So I went to the doorway of the room and the voices were off in the shadowy hallway where I couldn’t see them.” When he refused to go any further with them they dragged him to his new destination…hell.

It was clear during his interviews that after thirty years he still has a hard time talking about what happened to him in hell. But his countenance lifts when he describes the moment he saw Jesus. And that is where our phone conversation begins.

Jamie Hope: Did you know when He came to you in hell that He was Jesus?

Mr. Storm: Yes, but it was because of his love. Not because of his appearance. He knew everything about me completely. He is the most remarkable person there is in the universe.

Jamie Hope: Have you ever wondered why God chose you out of all the atheists in the world to have this experience?

Mr. Storm: I wonder about it a lot. I think there are several possible reasons. One reason is a nun whom I met in 1972 when I first started teaching at the university. I told her I was an atheist. She started praying for me every day and a convent of nuns were praying for me every day for years. Another possible reason is when I was twelve I went to church and told a minister I wanted to be baptized. Jesus doesn’t like to lose one of his own.

Jamie Hope: It is awesome to talk to someone who has literally been face to face with Jesus.

Howard Storm: He’s with us always. He is with you now just as much as He was with me in heaven. When He was sending me back here I didn’t want to go, I wanted to stay with Him. He said I was never away from you I was always there even when you rejected me.

Jamie Hope: I have always prayed for God to show me the spirit world. I want to get a glimpse of what is really happening.

Howard Storm: You don’t want to see it. You really don’t because it is way too much information. I have prayed to God that I don’t want to see this stuff anymore. You don’t want to get caught up in that. Overall, we need to be in touch with the people here. There are people in this world that need us. They need us to be present in the here and now. To quote mother Teresa, “If you want to see God look into the smile of a child.” When you look into the beauty and light and love of a child’s face you can see God.

Jamie Hope: When you met with Jesus did you ask Him questions or did He just tell you what He thought you needed to know?

Howard Storm: Everything we discussed it was because I asked a question. One of the most wonderful answers He gave me was when I asked Him which is the best religion? I was thinking Catholic, Presbyterian, and Protestant etc. His answer was, “The best religion is the one that brings you closest to God,” he was referring to how I meant it. And I said which one brings you closest? He said, “There are good people in bad religions and bad people in good religion. It is not about the religion it is about your relationship with God.” My opinion of how God sees our different denominations is, the Bible says one faith, one God, one baptism. God sees one church of believers in Jesus Christ and they are not judged by what their church necessarily teaches them but how they love God and how they love their neighbor.

Jamie Hope: I saw in your other interviews that God talked about the future of the United States. You say in American history we had things called the great awakening and that we are near a great awakening in America that will either wake us up or the slate will be wiped clean. That our population will greatly decrease from over one hundred million to tens of thousands. How soon do you think this great awakening could happen? Months, years, decades?

Howard Storm: God wants an awakening in this country. God doesn’t make us do anything and if we don’t turn we are going to fall. It is going to crash. The time is now. The pilgrims despite what the textbooks teach they came here to practice their faith. They risked their lives and died trying to establish a settlement, which meant crazy things like studying the Bible.

Jamie Hope: Did you get a sense of urgency?

Mr. Storm: I do think there is a sense of urgency. I think there is a huge change needed in the way we behave. God is going to have this world change one way or another.

Jamie Hope: You talk about the future of the world in your interviews. You said Jesus showed you a future where people will be able to grow plants on the spot and there is no disease because people could heal immediately. Is this after the return of Christ to live on earth for the thousand year reign?

Mr. Storm: First of all I don’t know when Christ is going to return, but the world that he showed me was so remarkably different that something dramatic had happened.

Jamie Hope: Jesus told you there are other worlds with beings in them and that they never accepted evil and they are perfect in nature. It is mind boggling to think of that. So God created other beings like us on other planets but their stories are different?

Mr. Storm: Yes. They know Jesus and they know God; and much better than we do.

Jamie Hope: Was there any indication we were close enough to contact them?

Howard Storm: This world is a real low class world. In the future we will be connected to other things but we are quarantined right now because we are so evil.

Jamie Hope: How many populated worlds are there?

Howard Storm: There are a lot I think. He said the universe is full of life.

Jamie Hope: Did they look like us?

Mr. Storm: Jesus showed me an image of them. They started out looking like us but then began to change into something that looked strange. I can only describe them as what you might think of as deep sea creatures, some with antennas. It was too much for me so I asked Him not to show me anymore.

Jamie Hope: In the Bible it says that Satan was cast down to earth. Do you think that is why we have to contend more with evil? Do you think Satan attempts to infiltrate the other worlds that are good?

Mr. Storm: Satan has no power except what we give him. The fact that he is powerful in this world is our choice. I don’t know the answer but I don’t think he would stand a chance at those other places.

Jamie Hope: Do you believe the UFO’s are what people have described them to be, just from another world or are they really demonic in nature?

Mr. Storm: I asked Jesus about UFOs and He said we should avoid them because they are up to no good. They are not space travelers, they’re dimension travelers. Demons are not vapors or a mist they are real actual beings. They operate on a different vibratory state then we do. So that to most of us most of the time they are not physical. The electromagnetic spectrum, we can see one tiny sliver. Our eyes are capable of seeing 3 different wave lengths. But we have developed machines that can detect other wave lengths we cannot see, gamma and ultraviolet for example. We could be exposed to a dose of radiation that we can’t see and die from it. There is a whole world of beings we can’t see and hear most of the time and they are toxic.

Jamie Hope: Have you had anymore encounters with angels or demons since your experience in heaven and hell?

Mr. Storm: They’ve (demons) made themselves known to me. They’ve been around. I try to keep myself filled with Jesus. Yes, angels have also manifested.

Jamie Hope: What do you say to the critics and unbelievers who think you were just dreaming or may label you as crazy?

Mr. Storm: What I learned is that I can’t convince people that don’t want to believe in God or don’t want to believe in my experience. Sometimes they try to say it was because of the drugs they gave me in the hospital. I begged for drugs and they didn’t give me any. They don’t want to hear it and they won’t hear it. Faith really comes from God. People that don’t know what they are talking about try to tell people what the truth is. People say Jesus never existed. That is a dumb remark. There is more evidence that Jesus existed than Julius Caesar but nobody questions the existence of Julius Caesar.

Jamie Hope: You were on Oprah. How did hearing your story affect her?

Howard Storm: First let me say she is very kind. She is a lovely person but I sensed she was troubled. I don’t think she wants to believe there is a hell. She was skeptical. I was hoping she was going to be more receptive then she was.

Jamie Hope: One of the things that struck me the most besides going to hell and heaven is that you said you and other professors actually would target students of faith to get them to no longer believe. How many professors around America do you think have this mentality and actually try to get students to lose their faith?

Mr. Storm: I can’t answer that scientifically. I did discover Christian professors after being saved. They stay quiet because they won’t be successful if they speak about it.

Jamie Hope: What would you tell parents or people going off to college about this problem of professors targeting students of faith?

Mr. Storm: Parents should tell them they are going to meet different professors with different points of view then their own and they may be completely hostile to Christianity. They (the professors) are not stupid; they are not going to say I hate Christianity. It will be argued against in a more sophisticated way. In some sense it is good to be exposed to it. If they have any sense of Christian apologetics they may thrive but it is hard to take on a professor. Encourage the student to join Christian organizations.

Jamie Hope: What made you decide to no longer be a professor?

Mr. Storm: It was a difficult decision because I loved teaching art and I loved the students, but I felt church was a place where truth was taught. I felt, unfortunately at the time, since I was told not to talk about religion from the Dean that I was stifled. You are involved more directly with the students with art. Students were having spiritual struggles and the only time I could talk to them was outside class.

As we ended the conversation I thought about Howard Storm’s life. It is clear that he is extremely intelligent and that is reflected in his academic achievements from attending the University of California Berkley to being a professor and chair of the art department at the University of Kentucky. He described himself to me before his experience as aggressive and self centered. He only cared about maximizing his pleasure in life including with women. It was hard for me to think of this kind and humble man as anything but just that. But his message now is clear and simple. He went to hell, he went to heaven, and he wants to reach as many people as he can about the truth of the love of Christ.

Author Anne Rice saw Howard Storm’s story years ago. She was compelled to help him find a publisher for his book and wrote the Foreword for it. To read more about Howard Storm’s experience you can purchase his book, ‘My Descent Into Death: A Second Chance At Life.’