One April morning in 2002, a Michigan lawyer awoke from a sound sleep with an idea to make a movie about the meaning of life. He had no experience making films, but that didn't stop him. He recruited his best friend and his cousin - neither of whom had any filmmaking experience either - to help him, and soon after, armed with a digital camera and a set of questions, they set out to make their documentary. They intended to make a film about people from a variety of walks of life giving their thoughts on life, death, religion, happiness, and everything in between.
Instead, they ended up somehow - they don't really seem to know exactly how, but it all started with a series of emails they sent out - with a documentary featuring some of the greatest spiritual minds in the world today, discussing topics about which they write books and speak about to vast audiences. A little film that started as a whim, somehow evolved into a documentary about life, death, and God, discussed by spiritual leaders including Ram Dass, Thich Nhat Hahn, Deepak Chopra, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Father Thomas Keating, and Barbara Brodsky, a deaf woman channeling the spirit of a dead man named Aaron. One - The Movie has all the makings of a truly remarkable film - and it almost succeeds in being one.