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Author, Speaker, Whistleblower and award-winning Director Mark Vicente was behind the sleeper hit “What The Bleep Do We Know?!” Several books have been written about the film’s remarkable grassroots marketing campaign, which led to its unprecedented success.Mark was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1965. Taking his first photograph at age four, he quickly discovered his passion for being behind the camera. After attending film and drama school in South Africa, he began working his way up the ranks of the camera department, from Assistant to Operator to Cinematographer. His first big break came as Director of Photography on the musical “SARAFINA,” starring Whoopi Goldberg. In 1992, he set his sights on Hollywood and relocated to Los Angeles to shoot his first studio picture for Disney;  “FATHERHOOD,” starring Patrick Swayze and Halle Berry. At the age of 26, he became one of the youngest cinematographers to shoot a big-budget studio picture. Over the next few decades, he went on to shoot an additional 14 feature films and numerous documentaries, music videos and commercials. Mark soon found there were in him, untold stories he desperately wanted to express as a Director. He was driven by the conviction that tales of greatness, nobility and introspection could be exciting and financially successful. Perhaps because of the very obvious race and class iniquities in South Africa, he found himself propelled to question certain fundamental assumptions at a very young age. Beliefs about human behavior, cosmology, religion, existentialism and mysticism. Along the way, he stumbled into a few situations where leaders with malignant pathologies (masquerading as saintly philosophers) spoke the talk of self-improvement but did untold damage to their followers... and him. Looking back, he can now say he has been in at least two cults. His last foray into personal growth and his defection from NXIVM was chronicled in the HBO series “The Vow”. Mark and a few plucky whistleblowers exposed the criminal activities of the organization, resulting in multiple arrests and indictments. He doesn’t consider himself a cult expert, but by his own admission, “I’m an expert in being screwed over, waking up, and knowing how to spot them.” He’s got a pretty salty approach to most things and is fascinated by the myriad patterns in the human psychodynamic that create the best and the worst in civilization. Join Mark as he unpacks a whole range of topics to do with: Psychology, Consciousness, Morality, Narcissistic Abuse, Spirituality, Cults, Propaganda, Science, Filmmaking, and Philosophy.You never quite know what you’re going to get, as it really does depend on… WTF is on his mind?!

WTF is on my Mind?‪!‬ Mark Vicente

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 649 Ratings

Author, Speaker, Whistleblower and award-winning Director Mark Vicente was behind the sleeper hit “What The Bleep Do We Know?!” Several books have been written about the film’s remarkable grassroots marketing campaign, which led to its unprecedented success.Mark was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1965. Taking his first photograph at age four, he quickly discovered his passion for being behind the camera. After attending film and drama school in South Africa, he began working his way up the ranks of the camera department, from Assistant to Operator to Cinematographer. His first big break came as Director of Photography on the musical “SARAFINA,” starring Whoopi Goldberg. In 1992, he set his sights on Hollywood and relocated to Los Angeles to shoot his first studio picture for Disney;  “FATHERHOOD,” starring Patrick Swayze and Halle Berry. At the age of 26, he became one of the youngest cinematographers to shoot a big-budget studio picture. Over the next few decades, he went on to shoot an additional 14 feature films and numerous documentaries, music videos and commercials. Mark soon found there were in him, untold stories he desperately wanted to express as a Director. He was driven by the conviction that tales of greatness, nobility and introspection could be exciting and financially successful. Perhaps because of the very obvious race and class iniquities in South Africa, he found himself propelled to question certain fundamental assumptions at a very young age. Beliefs about human behavior, cosmology, religion, existentialism and mysticism. Along the way, he stumbled into a few situations where leaders with malignant pathologies (masquerading as saintly philosophers) spoke the talk of self-improvement but did untold damage to their followers... and him. Looking back, he can now say he has been in at least two cults. His last foray into personal growth and his defection from NXIVM was chronicled in the HBO series “The Vow”. Mark and a few plucky whistleblowers exposed the criminal activities of the organization, resulting in multiple arrests and indictments. He doesn’t consider himself a cult expert, but by his own admission, “I’m an expert in being screwed over, waking up, and knowing how to spot them.” He’s got a pretty salty approach to most things and is fascinated by the myriad patterns in the human psychodynamic that create the best and the worst in civilization. Join Mark as he unpacks a whole range of topics to do with: Psychology, Consciousness, Morality, Narcissistic Abuse, Spirituality, Cults, Propaganda, Science, Filmmaking, and Philosophy.You never quite know what you’re going to get, as it really does depend on… WTF is on his mind?!

    STAY DAMAGED with comedian Rob Van Vuuren (aka Namaste Bae)

    STAY DAMAGED with comedian Rob Van Vuuren (aka Namaste Bae)

    In this episode: I interview Rob van Vuuren, a comedian and actor known for his character Namaste Bae. We discuss the origins of the character, the comedy scene in South Africa, and the dangers of certainty and cult-like behavior. Rob shares how he uses comedy to process the absurdity and insanity of everyday life. We also touch on the global appeal of alternative healing and the importance of vulnerability in comedy. Rob discusses his experiences as an artist and comedian, particularly in re...

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Goodness Trap

    The Goodness Trap

    In this episode: I discuss the concept of the goodness trap, where people become so attached to the idea of being good that they ignore or justify bad behavior. I explore how this trap can be seen in various contexts, such as political extremism, cults, and the protection of institutions. I also highlight the danger of virtue signaling and the need for individuals to critically examine their own ideological teams and actions. I encourage listeners to engage in nuance and self-reflection rathe...

    • 28 min
    BRAINWASHED! - with Behavioural Scientist and Author Patrick Fagan

    BRAINWASHED! - with Behavioural Scientist and Author Patrick Fagan

    In this Episode: Author, Lecturer & Behavioural Scientist Patrick Fagan and I delve into the topics of brainwashing, propaganda, manipulation, and the impact of psychological tactics on behaviour. We explore the influence of communication, media, and societal forces on individuals, as well as the role of trauma and vulnerability in susceptibility to manipulation. The discussion also touches on the concept of the 'blip' and its role in creating vulnerability, as well as the use of psycholo...

    • 1 hr 6 min
    NXIVM's War Against Hate

    NXIVM's War Against Hate

    Brave Expression in the Age of Intolerance with Africa BrookeBeyond the Self - with Africa Brooke releasing cult-like thinking and rigid identities w/ Mark VicenteIdentical News MontageThe Corporation FilmNarcissistic Psychopathy: A Global Dark Force. 25th & 26th of May in Liverpool, UKGary BreckaDecoding Cults & Narcissists with Mark Vicente and Richard GrannonSupport the Show.The views and opinions expressed on WTF is on my Mind?! do not necessarily reflect the official policy or po...

    • 36 min
    Art as Medicine with filmmaker Lubomir Arsov

    Art as Medicine with filmmaker Lubomir Arsov

    KINGDOM ANIMATED SHORThttps://www.lubomirarsov.com/IN SHADOWBeyond The Self with Africa Brooke - releasing cult-like thinking & rigid identities - with Mark VicenteThe conversation between Mark Vicente and Lubomir explores the creative process, the power of visual storytelling, and the challenges of staying true to one's artistic vision. They discuss the importance of depth and emotional resonance in art, as well as the resistance and criticism that often arise when pushing boundaries. Th...

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Brave Expression in the Age of Intolerance with Africa Brooke

    Brave Expression in the Age of Intolerance with Africa Brooke

    AFRICA BROOKEPreorder Africa's Book:The Third Perspective: Brave Expression in The Age of Intolerance (out May 2024)An open letter: why I'm leaving the cult of wokeness by Africa BrookeCourse with Richard GrannonDECODING CULTS & NARCISSISTSOther Podcasts with AfricaTriggernometry - They've Weaponised Guilt and ShameMikhaila Peterson Podcast - A Change of Heart Towards Jordan Diary of a CEO - Victimhood & Self-sabotage Is Destroying The WorldThis conversation between Mark Vicente and A...

    • 1 hr 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
649 Ratings

649 Ratings

Makiki's ,

Captivating

Brilliant work Mark. I am amazed by you and Bonnie, who didn’t ignore her intuition. You two have done incredible and very courageous work. I have never been in a cult but I spent years in personal development and I absolutely see how good people with aspirations can be pulled in. That moment when you talk about how emaciated the women were and KR says “you know there was a study about people who see zombies” to derail the subject!!! Wow! I enjoy listening to your podcast and I look forward to future episodes.

Socialcatlover ,

Excellent

Honest, deep, thought provoking, yet not too hard to follow. Mark, I’m not sure if you’ll see this, but thank you for honestly sharing your experiences, insights and hard lessons learned. I’ve been working through Complex PTSD from more long-term emotional trauma from different sources, and PTSD from being struck by a speeding car as a child and very nearly being lost to this world. I’ve recently learned that through broth of these types of trauma, there is so much that gets locked in our bodies, and it’s intense. There’s a lot of deep work I’ve been putting forth, but in light of deeply rooted emotional trauma, it’s hard to trust many of the voices out there. All of this to say, I’ve followed your story through The Vow, and while there are only a select number of voices I know I can trust and deeply respect, yours is one of them. Thank you for living your life with integrity and grace, but also for being willing to offer your unbiased take on some of these complex issues. I’m one of your proud Patreon supporters, and am so excited to see more of the art works you’re creating. Thank you so much!

WisdomAnne ,

Vital Discussions

As I work my way through deconstructing my experience of having been in the inner circles of a large LGAT type seminar company these discussions have been vital in my understanding what I witnessed and experienced. Mark the way you are discussing the underlaying phenomena at play is phenomenal. Especially the work your doing on understanding narcissism.

Regarding your question I think an important aspect of unwinding is we must learn how to listen to and trust our internal systems. This has been a huge part of my own evolution. In the LGAT I was subtly taught to NOT listen to my intuition and internal warning systems. I was told those where immature aspects of my personality or just plain noise. I have learned to hear and sense the difference between my super ego type noise and that quiet steady voice of care and love. I have learned to sense my emotions and work with them to figure out what my body and soul is trying to alert me to. This is not easy or fast but a path worth following I have found. The group I was part of is very main stream and the exploitation I now see I experienced there was subtle.

Looking forward to what more I open up as I continue to deconstruct.

Anne P

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