Documentarian focusing on health and wellness alternatives

Upcoming event will screen two health and wellness films and feature local panels as well as cast members

An event set to be held in Kamloops in early June will feature two health and wellness documentaries and panel discussions with cast members and local wellness professionals, assembled by filmmaker Laurent Goldstein.

Goldstein will screen two of his films, Your Second Fifty and On a Scale of 1 to 10.

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The two films are connected, Goldstein says.

Your Second Fifty is based on Frank Moffatt’s book of the same name and explores the idea of living a fulfilling, active life even after reaching life’s more senior age milestones.

“In that film, we wanted to inspire people, to tell them that turning 50 or 60 or 70 that your life is not over — you can actually have the best part of your life then in your second 50,” Goldstein said.

His latest film, On a Scale of 1 to 10, addresses chronic pain and how those who suffer from it have coped and healed through methods not typically prescribed by medical doctors.

The film’s crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo raised about $17,000 and it premiered in Vancouver in March.

The treatments and therapies explored in the film range from using light and sound for treatments to more traditional fields like nutrition and treating inflammation and other emerging treatments like medical cannabis.

“For some things there is no science — yet. There are a lot of things out there that are kind of, out there, but there are a lot of things right now that are just being discovered,” Goldstein said.

“We are just now finding out about things that didn’t have any foundation, scientifically, but now they are finding the science behind it. The field is evolving so fast.”

The 64-year-old filmmaker attended film school in France in his 20s but ended up following another path in life and was producing educational material and software for the chiropractic industry in the U.S. and Canada until the 2008 recession made that business more difficult.

It was around that time he made his turn toward filmmaking. He now owns and operates his own film production company and has made three films to date, with a fourth on the way — also health and wellness related.

Goldstein said the film is about trying to look at health and wellness from a different perspective.

“I want people to be inspired and for something they see to resonate with them,” Goldstein said.

To help accomplish that resonance, Goldstein has arranged for various local experts and some of the film’s cast members to appear on stage as part of panel discussions.

The event’s speakers include NHL alum and performance coach Jason Podollan, neuroacoustic researcher Jeffrey Thompson, holistic dentist Ara Elmajian and motivational speaker Brandy Gilmore.

Another local contribution to the event comes from Kamloops musician Gorden James.

Goldstein heard James in Kelowna and later, when trying to decide what music to feature in his new film, remembered a tune he’d heard and decided to connect with James.

Mind, Body. Reset is on at the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre on June 1 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets are available at Nature’s Fare, 1350 Summit Dr., and online at

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