Filmmaker Mark Vicente belonged to the cult that promised to promote the spiritual growth of its participants, but ended up being convicted in a center for humiliation and sex trafficking. Through an interview to which Culto tuvo acceso, he reports how it happened in the organization led by Keith Raniere and portrayed by the HBO docuserie The Vow.
In 2004, Mark Vicente published What The Bleep Do We Know! ?, a film that explores how consciousness can affect material reality. During the promotion of the film and this same year, I received a letter Barbara Bouchey, an American entrepreneur who wanted to meet with him. The filmmaker accepted.
Bouchey was an active member of NXIVM (lexis Nexium), an organization that promised courses and seminars to promote the personal development of its participants, a theme in which the South African has been interested since the beginning. But the meeting on the ground was between them; also llegó Nancy Salzman, co-founder and expresidenta of the group.
Según reports Vicente in an interview the Cult was all on, the women presented a “scientific” approach to their existential doubts, proposing that they fascinate and motivate them to participate in the space.
Unfortunately, the philosophical answers never came. Al less, not what I expected.
The start of the exchange
He agreed that he would pass for an initiation of five days, but his dazzle with the message of NXIVM caused that it would extend to diecisels. I think it would serve him in his films and that, through this, he could invite his audience to experience a process of profound changes and spiritual transformation.
“It is orchestrated with great care. Later, I discovered that I was offered everything I wanted, because I knew what buttons to pulsate ”, comments the South African filmmaker, in addition to detailing that I applied hypnosis and other techniques taken science.
Recién en 2016 he started to ask about the organization, so the founder, Keith Raniere, approached to make his repairs. I was worried about the case of Allison Mack who, the late years, was arrested for being involved in sex trafficking and imposing forced work on other participants.
Allison Mack in April 2019, the same day he pleaded guilty to the charges of criminal organization. Photo: The NY Times
According to Vicente, on his testimony, the leader of the Smallville actress who, along with other women, changed her diet to “name herself mismas”; but its criticism in the light of the incident as it will take place. After all, Raniere was the supreme leader of a pyramid that worked for his volunteer.
The gift of the filmmaker got worse when his wife, the actress Bonnie Piesse, presented the blunt problems of Raniere's abuses. So, she contacted women who were part of DOS, a subgroup of NXIVM who —supportively— sought to empower the female gender. It was not a surprise that all tuvies in the same story: the participants were marked with the initials of Raniere and debuted only to their sexual desires.