WHAT: Private screening of Love Bomb, a film directed and produced by Rhea Zimmerman Komarek, documenting her journey from anguish and fear triggered by the events of September 11 to discovering a career in chiropractic and subsequently embarking on a mission to bring that service to the world.
WHERE: Carmike theater, 121 River Hills Road, Asheville
WHEN: Thursday, July 17, at 7:30 p.m.
Xpress: Are both fear and love contagious emotions?
Komarek: Emotions in general are contagious. … The option we have as thinking beings is to become aware enough to choose what emotions we are going to respond to life with. This gives us the inherent capacity to become immune to the epidemic of fear and intentional about participating in an epidemic of love.
Choosing to live from love more than from fear is a lifelong experience. I frame it [in the context of] 9/11 in the film, yet the reality is that to choose love is a daily dedication. The choice becomes easier the more we practice it, as the habit of choosing love neurologically programs our entire mind [and] body.
“Love” and “Bomb” are an oxymoronic pair. What do you want the title of your documentary to communicate?
I love that the title actually does make people stop and think: What is a love bomb? How can a bomb be loving?
I think of the bomb aspect as something that can break us out of the status quo … [and] then have the opportunity to choose something new. … If we want to grow, then we need to have experiences that disrupt our status quo.
The ideal is that love bombs are something we choose to provide for one another; disrupting the status quo of fear, worry or apathy with a surprisingly loving experience.
$11. For more information about the film, visit lovebombthemovie.com. For tickets, visit tugg.com/go/kbbrbm.