T H E   S H A D O W   E F F E C T
A Journey from your darkest thought to your greatest dream.

The Shadow Effect is an emotionally-gripping, visually-compelling docudrama that reveals why suppressed emotions and unresolved internal conflicts leads to behavior that continually unseats politicians, destroys celebrity careers, destabilizes the economy and affects the lives of millions each year.

In this age of public humiliation and media meltdowns, the work of New York Times best selling author, Debbie Ford, continues to make headway as she exposes the opposing forces of both light and dark that compete for attention within every human being. In her film debut, The Shadow Effect, Ford presents the hidden power of “the Shadow” alongside some of today’s most provocative thinkers including Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Mark Victor Hansen, James Van Praagh and others.

In this life-altering journey, individuals who have transcended child abuse, racism, the Holocaust, war, and wounded upbringings, share their remarkable stories. Meet those who have learned to face their terror, heal their wounds, and embrace their higher, heroic selves to overcome the shadow effect.

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To leave the viewer inspired and compelled to take an evolutionary leap, Ford has integrated some of her most successful and proven processes into a cutting-edge Special Interactive Edition of The Shadow Effect. Throughout the movie, Ford guides the viewer through eight exercises designed to reveal the shadow effect in their own lives and presents them with opportunities to transcend personal limitations.





Debbie Ford, New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Side of the Light Chasers and Why Good People Do Bad Things, is an internationally acclaimed expert on the human shadow who has led thousands of people from around the world through her renowned Shadow Process Workshop. Now, in this groundbreaking film, she exposes the perils and promise of the human shadow and the gifts that it delivers.

Inspired by famed psychiatrist Carl Jung, Debbie Ford is a pioneering force incorporating the study and integration of the shadow into modern emotional and spiritual practices. Ford has appeared on Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, and other major media programs around the world. Her books and acclaimed workshops have set new standards in the field of transformation.



Dr. Deepak Chopra is the Founder of Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California and Manhattan, New York and Co-Founder and President of the Alliance for a New Humanity. Chopra’s Wellness Radio airs weekly on Sirius/XM Stars, Channels 102 and 55, which focuses on the areas of success, love, sexuality and relationships, well being, and spirituality. Time Magazine heralds Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century, and credits him as “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.” (Time Magazine, June 1999.)

Chopra is known as a prolific author of over fifty-five books with fourteen best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra books have been published in more than eighty-five languages in both fiction and non-fiction. His New York Times best sellers Peace is the Way won the Quill Awards and The Book of Secrets was awarded the grand prize at the 2005 Nautilus Book Awards; and his bestselling novel, Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment was released in November 2008. He is columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post On Faith and contributes regularly to Intent.com and Huffington Post.



Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed spiritual teacher. Her latest book, The Age of Miracles, hit #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list. Among her other 9 published books, four of them — including A Return to Love – were #1 New York Times Bestsellers. A Return to Love is considered a must-read of The New Spirituality. A paragraph from that book beginning with, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure” – often misattributed to Nelson Mandela’s Inaugural address – is considered an anthem for a contemporary generation of seekers. Marianne’s other books include Everyday Grace, A Woman’s Worth, Illuminata, Healing the Soul of America, The Gift of Change and Emma and Mommy Talk to God. Marianne does a daily podcast on Oprah.com called MiracleThought. She also hosts a weekly radio show on Oprah and Friends on Thursdays at 1 PM EST, which is broadcast on XM 156 and Sirius 195. She has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America and Charlie Rose.



James Van Praagh is the New York Times bestselling author of Ghosts Among Us, Talking to Heaven, Reaching to Heaven, and Healing Grief, among others. His most recent book, Unfinished Business, was released May 12, 2009. He is considered a pioneer in the mediumship movement throughout the world. His messages have brought solace, peace, and spiritual insights to millions, changing their view of both life and death. James has also been a celebrated producer for CBS, creating several successful projects including Living with the Dead, a mini-series based on his life, and a television movie, The Dead Will Tell, starring Anne Heche. Currently, he is the co-executive producer of the highly rated CBS series Ghost Whisperer, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt.



Mark Victor Hansen is America’s Ambassador of Possibility. For over a quarter century, Mark has focused solely on helping people and organizations, from all walks of life, reshape their personal vision of what’s possible. His powerful messages of possibility, opportunity, and action have helped create startling and powerful change in thousands of organizations and millions of individuals worldwide. His credentials include a lifetime of entrepreneurial success, in addition to an extensive academic background. Mark is also the co-author of the inspirational Chicken Soup for the Soul series with Jack Canfield and has made a profound influence through his extensive library of books, audio programs, video programs, and enriching articles. His energy and exuberance travels still further through television (The Oprah Show, CNN, and The Today Show), print (TIME, US News & World Report, USA Today, The New York Times, and Entrepreneur), and countless radio and newspaper interviews. Mark is also known as a passionate philanthropist and humanitarian, working tirelessly for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, March of Dimes, Childhelp USA, and many others.


castBannersDavidDavid Simon, M.D. is a board-certified neurologist and pioneer in the medical field. His personal mission is to facilitate the integration of complementary and conventional medicine in the 21st century. Since he began his association with Deepak Chopra, M.D. in the 1980’s, Dr. Simon has become one of the nation’s foremost authorities on effective and appropriate use of holistic healthcare practices, specifically Ayurveda – the 5,000-year-old healing tradition of India. As Medical Director of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California, Dr. Simon is dedicated to catalyzing the evolution of the prevailing health care system to a healing system that encompasses the emotional, spiritual, and physical health of the individual. Dr. Simon is also an author of many successful wellness books, including The Ten Commitments: Translating Good Intensions Into Great Choices and his most recent, Free to Love Free to Heal.



As a member of Earth, Wind & Fire, Verdine White has won six Grammys and has been Grammy nominated seventeen times. As an Earth, Wind & Fire member, he has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. The band has also earned more than 50 gold and platinum albums and have sold over 90 million albums worldwide earning them a place on the list of best-selling music artists. In 2007, Verdine was inducted into the Boys and Girls Club’s Alumni Hall of Fame. White is also the founder of the Verdine White Foundation which aims to provide musical education to underprivileged and gifted students.



Dr. Jason Deitch is the co-author of the bestselling book: Discover Wellness, How Staying Healthy Can Make You Rich as well and founder of the Discover Wellness Center, an emerging leader in cutting edge wellness care. Combining the skills of a variety of health care professionals with the latest technology and revolutionary concepts, Dr. Deitch is redefining our approach to health care. Dr. Deitch consults with and speaks to groups of employers, insurance brokers, wellness professionals and to the public to inspire them to discover how wellness is the ultimate solution to America’s health care crisis. Dr. Deitch believes that we live our lives based on what we feel and what we know. We can improve our lives when we either feel differently or learn something new. Dr. Jason is committed to seeing a healthier more powerful future, through healthier more powerful people. His enthusiasm and passion for constant growth and learning is contagious.



Charles Richards, Ph.D. is a licensed psychotherapist & creator of Soul Journeys Therapy, a process he developed and refined which allows clients to recall and heal the invisible emotional wounds of present and past-lives, pre-birth, and the birth experience. In addition he facilitates between-life experiences and karmic insight, a method of learning the present and past-life karmic influences in your current life and relationships. National television recognition for Dr. Richards’ work came through his appearances on an NBC television special The Other Side. He has also taught graduate level courses in psychology and led numerous seminars and workshops. He is the author of the successful book Karmic Relationships. Dr. Richards received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Alliant International University and maintains a practices in Encinitas, California.



Brent BecVar, M.S., has worked directly with Dr. Deepak Chopra and the Chopra Center for Well Being over the last 18 years as an administrator, teacher and counselor. He is trained as a psychotherapist, certified yoga/ meditation instructor and Ayurvedic educator. Brent has practiced astrology and Vedic counseling over the past 30 years, studied with respected teachers in this country and India, and is a longstanding member of the American Council of Vedic Astrologers. Creative interests include guitar, piano, singing/composition with CD of original music, “There Isn’t Any Word for Love.”



Dr. Edith Eva Eger (Dr. Edie) is a sought-after clinical psychologist and lecturer, helping individuals discard their limitations, discover their powers of self-renewal, and achieve things they previous thought unattainable.  Using her past in the heinous Auschwitz death camp as a powerful analogy, she inspires people to tap their full potential and shape their very best destinies. It’s a message of healing and personal growth. A message of freedom from self-imposed limitations. A message that helps people build character, deal effectively with life’s events, and enrich the lives of others.


Dr. Bressler is a graduate of Stanford University (BS in Biology, 1977) and Harvard Medical School (MD 1981). He served his internship and residency and was a Clinical Fellow at Harvard’s Beth Israel Hospital from 1981 through 1984. Along with his private practice, Dr. Bressler also teaches medical students and residents at UCSD School of Medicine where he holds the title of Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine. In 2004 he was named a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), an honor bestowed on only 25% of American Internal Medicine Specialists.



George J. Pratt, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and award-winning author of Instant Emotional Healing: Acupressure for the Emotions, Hyper-Performance and A Clinical Hypnosis Primer. He served as Chairman of Psychology, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla and teaches at the University of California, San Diego. He has been an expert guest on nation wide media and contributed to numerous publications, including his highly successful book, “Instant Emotional Healing.” Dr. Pratt maintains a private practice in La Jolla, California where he has specialized in psychotherapy/hypnotherapy, mind/body techniques, and performance enhancement for over 30 years.



Marita Wahl-Shedd

Marita Wahl-Shedd is a Ford Institute-certified Integrative Coach. Marita’s passion and work is about helping others discover and reach their full potential, free from the constraints of the past, external circumstances, and any societal, religious or ethnic shadows. Having dealt with the shame and guilt of her country’s Nazi past, has led her to dedicate herself to bring healing to and harvest the “gold” from one of the darkest periods of human history. She believes that applying this integrative work to both personal, as well as global, shadows provides us with the way to make “Never Again” a reality.


Hector M. Escarcega

Hector Escarcega, has trained with the Ford Institute for Integrative Coaching since 2004.  He is a Certified Integrative Coach, with a commitment to bring the transformative benefits of shadow work to the Hispanic world.   Hector is a Certified Safety Professional and a highly sought after Bilingual Trainer, Consultant, and Motivational Speaker in the areas of workplace Safety, cultural diversity, and communication skills. He consults with some of the world’s largest organizations such as Honda, Chevron, Turner Construction, Fetzer Vineyards, to name a few. 





DIRECTOR: Scott Cervine

Prior to discovering his destiny as a filmmaker, Scott Cervine traveled the globe as a comedian and magician, performing with such legends as Jim Carrey, Dennis Miller, and Jay Leno.  By casting his magic into his movies, Scott has earned numerous awards, including the Mark Goodson video award and an American Film Institute Award. Scott wrote, directed and starred in two features, Never Alone and Escape from Orion, winner of the Digital Maverick Film Festival Audience Choice Award.  Scott is a sought after director and editor throughout the film community. His unprecedented amount of respect among his clients and peers, garnered a successful career of writing, directing and editing nearly twenty films to date.  Scott’s passion for directing is fueled by his sharp eye as an editor and his unique ability to inject laughter into serious topics. His most recent short film, Out of Proportion, won the grand prize at the Beverly Hills Short Film Festival and was distributed worldwide.




Scott Cervine

Executive Producer

Debbie Ford


Mikki Willis
Julie Stroud


Daryll Merchant
Deborah Pietsch

Associate Producer

Donna Leo


Mikki Willis
Brad Rushing
Petra Costner

Edited by

Scott Cervine

Creative & Strategic Consultant

Drew Heriot


Debbie Ford
Danielle Dorman
Cliff Edwards
Debra Evans

Unit Production Manager

Cynthia Ruffin

1st Assistant Camera
Will Emery
Matt Robinson

Actors/Narrative Recreations

Laura Adams
Rebecca Adams
Will Aadams
Tamara Bertucci
Marie Blackwell
Wendy Blackwell
Nikesha Breeze
Jo Cady
Anna Darah
Darron Dunbar
Jak Fragu
Rosie Leah Jablonski
Denver Lee
Tenzen Marco-Taylor
Emily Moore
Deirdre Morris
Raevyn Plouffe
Ceryn Schoel
Antoinette Chen See
Scott Shuker
Julie Trujillo
Mateo Ulibarri


Randy Thomas
Dave DeAndrea
Caryn Clark
Mikki Willis

Art Department

Pablo Acana

Seminar Set Design

Wendy Ware


Freeman White
Jerry Day, Jerry Day Productions
Mark Linthicum
Rosa Ortiz
Ryan Maples


Rick Brush
Jack Elliott, Seacoast Recording Studio
Nick Najdowski

Post-Production Sound

D. Chris Smith
Will Riley

Color Grading & Online

Rainfall Films
Christian Sprenger

Hair & Makeup

Arlene Hylton-Campbell
Wendy Lopaty
Aubree Hill
Jeanette Reyes


Nadia Salamanca
Allee Brett
Rosa Ortiz
Alisha Schwartz
Jesse Workman

A Special Thanks

The Chopra Center for Wellbeing


Sheila Fuerst
Beth Bennett

Legal Services & Image Clearances

Cynthia Litman


Gio Conesa, Square One Branding
Stephen Samuels
Marianne Wilson, Global Event Source

Assistant to Debbie Ford

Frankie Mazon

Consultants to Debbie Ford

Arielle Ford
Brian Hilliard
Rob Lee
Cheryl Richardson
Suzanne Todd
Gideon Weil

Music Courtesy Of

Megatrax Production Music Inc.

Special Thanks

Doug Aarniokoski
Jeremiah Abrams
Scott Blum
Beau Bressler
Mallika Chopra
Mike Ford
Louise Hay
Cynthia Kersey
Mike Koenigs
Asha MacIsaac
Brooke March
Carolyn Rangel
Geeta Singh
Jan Smith
Reid Tracy
Neale Donald Walsch
Susanne West

Students and staff of BreakThrough Fall 2007

Kerri Krell
Mary Ann Wade
D. Seiler
Jodi Varner
Miles Woodruff
Denise Mullins
Marilyn Gausewitz
Maura Hoffman
Natalie Spiro
The Drum Café
Rita Woodard

The Ford Institute Staff

Jeff Malone
Cliff Edwards
Patricia Belleno
Anne Browning
Sherry Davis
Liz Foster
Kelley Kosow
Rachel Levy
Donna Lipman
Rachel Levy
Pernille Melsted
Loree Oberle-Edwards

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San Diego, California

JFK University

Steve Stargardter
Susan Kwock

Distribution by

Hay House