PHIL COUSINEAU: FILM and TV
Phil Cousineau has more than 20 screenwriting and other credits in documentary films, which have won more than 35 international awards. He is the host and co-writer of Global Spirit, an "internal travel" television series now on PBS.
Cousineau is the host and co-writer of Global Spirit, an "internal travel" television series launched on Link TV and broadcast on PBS local and world stations since 2012. Global Spirit offers insights into some of the deepest eternal questions, tracing our collective human journey in the timeless quest for truth, wisdom and understanding. Each program highlights the transcultural, transcendent dimensions of human inquiry, from the ancient or indigenous wisdom traditions to the latest insights in scientific knowledge. Guests include Deepak Chopra, Robert Thurman, Karen Armstrong, Joanne Shenandoah, Pico Iyer, and more.
In addition to hosting Global Spirit, Cousineau has also appeared as an expert on CNN, The Discovery Channel, and Fox News. He was an on-camera expert for BBC-2’s Joseph Campbell: Hollywood’s Myth Master tribute, and also an expert on the Fox Network special, Star Wars: The Legacy. Cousineau has also appeared on the Hallmark Channel, sharing his views on topics such as the "soul of place" and "the creative fire," and has been interviewed in documentaries on important culturally mythic figures of our time, such as The Dalai Lama, Huston A. Smith, Daisetz Suzuki, and others.
In 2015, you can see Phil Cousineau's mythic take on one of baseball's greats in new Major League Baseball (MLB) documentary, American Hercules: Babe Ruth, which chronicles the slugger's rise to fame and the impact of his career and life. Look for Cousineau's expert commentary on myth and the movies among the special features and extra content on the DVDs of these Warner Bros films: Constantine, Double Indemnity, the deluxe Superman boxed set, The Natural, Wonder Woman, Justice League, and The Supernatural, among others.
Filmmaking and Scriptwriting: The Hero's Journey and beyond
Phil Cousineau is honored to have worked with Joseph Campbell for several years before his death in 1987. Cousineau was co-screenwriter for The Hero's Journey documentary film about the life of Joseph Campbell. It won several international awards and was a longtime favorite for PBS viewers. Campbell remains and important influence on Cousineau's work.
Praise for The Hero's Journey: The World of Joseph Campbell:
"Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces, a scholar who achieved legendary status as an explicator of myths, is reverently profiled in this documentary that encompasses his long life and career. During his childhood in New York City, Campbell was taken to see "Buffalo Bill" Cody's Wild West Show at Madison Square Garden. Young Campbell was fascinated by the Native Americans in Cody's performing troupe and eventually became obsessed with mythology. As he came to realize that myths worldwide had the same underpinnings, he also discovered his life's work. This documentary mentions Campbell's affinity for the writings of James Joyce and Carl Jung, and there is ample footage of Campbell, casual in flannel shirts, giving lectures salted with references to Buddhism, Christianity, classical mythology, St. Augustine, and the rituals of plains Indians. In later life, Campbell is seen being honored at a banquet at which George Lucas rises to give him credit for helping to inspire the writing of Star Wars....this documentary is an overwhelmingly positive look at his writings, lectures, and personality." -Robert J. McNamara, Amazon.com
Forever Activists: Stories from the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, another film written by Phil Cousineau, is an inspiring documentary profiling seven American veterans of the Spanish Civil War who fought for the Loyalist cause nd went on to live long lives of activism and social engagement. Forever Activists was honored with an Academy Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement, Documentary Feature. It also won the Special Jury Award at both the San Francisco International Film Festival and National Educational Film & Video Festival, as well as a Blue Ribbon at the American Film and Video Festival and the CINE Golden Eagle Award.
Other award-winning films that Cousineau has screenwriting credits for include Ecological Design: Inventing the Future (narrated by Linda Hunt), Wayfinders: A Pacific Odyssey, Eritrea: March to Freedom, and The Presence of the Goddess (narrated by Isabel Allende).
Additionally, Gary Rhine and Phil Cousineau worked together on a series of acclaimed documentary films around critical Native American issues, which include: Wiping the Tears of Seven Generations, The Peyote Road: Ancient Religion in Contemporary Crisis (narrated by Peter Coyote), The Red Road to Sobriety, Your Humble Serpent: The Life of Reuben Snake, and A Seat at the Table: Struggling for American Religious Freedom. In fact, the widely acclaimed landmark film, The Red Road to Sobriety, was instrumental in the campaign to have Congress overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's 1990 "Smith" decision, which denied the protection of the First Amendment to the traditional sacramental use of peyote by Indian people. Cousineau continues to write and consult on documentary and feature film scripts, and has over 30 film credits to his name.