Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Rev. Lionel Fanthorpe joins René Barnett tonight on NightVision Radio at 8pm Pacific!!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all from René Barnett, Robb Wood and the entire 1244 Films team. We wish you, your families and friends the warmest of wishes.

Why not take a break from the hustle and bustle tonight and relax for a couple of hours while tuning in for a new special holiday edition of NightVision Radio show with host René Barnett, producer of Bloodline.

We are very excited to welcome back tonight one of our dearest friends and colleagues, the Rev. Lionel Fanthorpe, for our special Christmas show. Rev. Fanthorpe and host René Barnett will discuss the true story behind Christmas and Jesus Christ as well as find out about Lionel’s trip to Renne-Le-Chateau last week with his wife and research partner Patricia and their investigation into that mystery.

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We, as always, thank you for continued support, interest and patience. We continue to work and move forward to be able to bring you fresh and exciting news. Please stay tuned for word of Bloodline, tomb, and Rennes-Le-Chateau updates as well as new projects in the works.


Friday, August 28, 2009


You Really CAN Go Home Again!

The Bloodline screening in Tulsa went great. It was so cool to be ‘back home’ with old friends and colleagues and also to make so many new friends.

From left: Rene regaling friends Mike McCarthy, Barbara McCarthy, and Dominique Khordoc with tales from L.A. and the Languedoc.

I have to tell you I was just a little nervous… sort of felt like Janis Joplin going back to Port Arthur… wondering if you really can’t go home again… especially when home is The Bible Belt and you’ve made a controversial film most surely to be considered heretical by most folks there.

Of course, there were old friends there as well… some of my old radio colleagues from back in the day (KAKC, the Rockin’ 97!), the Van Marens and the McCarthys… and my good buddy Myrna Avance who put me up while I was in town.

René and Myrna… BFFs!!!

I’ve been away from Oklahoma for a long time now, so I just didn’t know what to expect until I got there. But, although it was, ironically, the one city where we’ve screened Bloodline and received NO attention from the press, save a tiny article in the Tulsa World, the screening itself could not have gone better.

Bloodline poster in the lobby of the Circle Cinema in Tulsa, Ok.

Unity Center of Tulsa was kind enough to let me up to the pulpit on Sunday morning to talk briefly about the film before the screening at the Circle Cinema later that night. When I got to the theater, it was reassuring to see several of the people I’d met earlier at Unity . Then I knew I was among friends.

René answers lots of questions from Tulsa Movie-goers. (AND vows never to be photographed in short sleeves again!)

It’s so interesting as we travel around with Bloodline to see how these ideas are catching on everywhere and resonating with so many people. It really does seem the world is moving faster and faster toward bigger and bigger changes.

Tulsa movie-goers... including my friend Monique Khordoc (Lower left hand corner) who drove up to Tulsa from Dallas with her husband, business man and teacher Jean-Pierre, & the lovely Michelle Wiens (lower right hand corner) who along with her husband, Circle Cinema owner Clark Wiens, hosted Bloodline

Thanks to everyone in Tulsa… especially Clark and Michelle Wiens of the Circle Cinema… for your good ol’ Oklahoma hospitality… and thanks for the offer to screen Bloodline again in the near future!

- René Barnett

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Benton Collins Relic Photo Story

You know, Bruce and I, collectively, put in a lot of years researching and producing Bloodline. It was a mutual passion that we were following. Actually, pursuing, might be a better term for it, because we were, without a doubt, totally driven as neither one of us had ever been on any other project in our careers.

Because of the undercover nature of some of the investigation, we worked almost completely in a vacuum and were totally unaware of what other people might think of the finished project.

When the film was first released last spring in New York, we were no less than blown away by the responses we received from audience members. No one was more amazed than we were at how the film, and our journey, seemed to touch people in a very deep way. It was humbling. The people we met there had a very profound effect on us. One of them was a professional photographer named Benton Collins.

Benton shot photos of our premiere and press conference. He asked if we would also like some still images of the chest and relics we found in the Languedoc which dated back to 1st Century Jerusalem.

While we were being touched by our experience with NY filmgoers, apparently Benton was being touched by the relics as he photographed them in his Manhattan studio. Below is his recollection of that day. - René Barnett

Photographing the relics was a great honor for me from any angle you wish to see it. At a minimum they have tremendous historical significance just from their certified origins of 1st century AD Jerusalem and IF the story checks out to be true, I have touched the very same cup that the Biblical Jesus had once actually held in his hands. This aspect of course holds a different meaning for everyone, ranging from the purely historical to the intensely spiritual, for me it was more of the latter.

During the shoot I had a very strange thing happen. I added a small loaf of bread behind the cup to make a simple still life. I intentionally made the light on the top of the bread very dark as I wanted the light to focus more on the cup, but on two frames during the shoot, my top light fired off much brighter than I had set it for, making the bread much lighter than I had intended. I moved on to finish the shoot and upon reviewing the erroneous frames, I was struck with how much more powerful the shots that had the brighter light on the bread were. Was this strictly equipment malfunction or could this possibly have been something more? My equipment has never done this before and has not done it since. Could this have been a divine sign? And if this really was a sign, what could it mean? The main meaning I have received from this is that the extra light was to illuminate that it was not only the 2000 year old cup that was important, but also the fresh bread that I had just picked up at the corner store with it’s here and now life giving vitality. I really do feel that God / a higher power or whatever you wish to assign, was telling me that He/She or It, is vitally present, just like the fresh bread in my still life.

It gets weirder...

Initially, this story and photo with the bread was not included in the original disc I had sent to René at the Bloodline office in California. After many weeks of Bloodline having possession of the original disc, I received an e-mail from Robb Wood, Production Coordinator at 1244 Films, asking if I could send him another one. It turned out that the original disc that I had sent them had cracked inside his computer after he had inserted it in perfect condition! (it had been read before at their office with no problem) I have handled hundreds of discs and this is the first time I have ever heard of this happening! I don't even know how it would be possible for a disc to crack inside a computer since the disc only spins. There is no physical contact (except sitting on a spindle) or uneven pressure applied to the disc of any kind in a computer drive. Very strange!

Was this a continuation of equipment malfunctions surrounding the relics or something else? I have always felt uncomfortable about not including the cup and bread still life in the original disc. Somehow, I have always felt that this photo should be shared with everyone. When I heard about the cracked disc, I took it as an opportunity and was prompted to include this still life in the new disc I sent. It is my hope that the viewer will enjoy this photo regardless of whether the extra light on the bread was ultimately caused by a rare equipment malfunction or something so grand as divine intervention. I have a feeling that time will eventually tell us the truth. – Benton Collins

Please stop by our Bloodline products page to see the incredible Benton Collins limited edition prints available on our site for all to experience and enjoy. To view and purchase click HERE.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Stargate Rennes-Le-Chateau?

The tiny French village of Rennes-le-Chateau and its environs in the Languedoc region are swirling with mystery and legend--from the century-old Abbe Berenger Sauniere story, to the purported location of the tombs of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, tales of necromancy, UFOs, Nephilim, and, yes, even Bigfoot!

In any case, there is something very special about this place. One theory that’s out there, is that it is the site of a portal to other dimensions, a stargate of sorts. Our friend and fellow “Rennie”, Ani Williams takes a look at that idea in an article she wrote after interviewing City of Secrets author Patrice Chaplin. In the following excerpt from that article, Ani ref erences the now famous “Tour Magdala” or Magdalene Tower constructed by Abbe Sauniere at the turn of the 20th Century.

Enjoy! René

The…Tour Magdala, dated to 1901, was constructed by the enigmatic priest Berenger Saunier in Rennes le Chateau, France. It is located next to the famous Magdalene Church filled with coded grail imagery. Interestingly, both the small village of Soubirous (French spelling of the name of Bernadette Subiros, Our Lady of Lourdes visionary) and the Cave of Magdalene lie to the Southwest of the French Tour Magdala. This southwest alignment appears to be marked by an anomalous red tile in the floor of the Tour library.

Sauniere built his home between the Tour and the Magdalene Chapel and called it Villa Bethania. Bethany was the town in Galilee, home of Mary, her sister Martha and brother Lazarus. Beth-El, Hebrew words meaning house of God, is the name given by Jacob in Genesis 28, to the place where he had his vision of the ladder reaching between heaven and earth.

In the Genesis story Jacob uses a stone for a pillow and falls into a deep sleep. He dreams of a ladder reaching into heaven, upon which angels are constantly ascending and descending. When he awakens, Jacob cries “Terribilis est locus iste”, how awesome or terrible is this place!
Over the entry porch of his Magdalene chapel, Sauniere inscribed the words ‘Terribilis est locus iste’. Why would the priest inscribe Jacob’s words if not to say that Rennes le Chateau is a Gate of Heaven, a place where the veil between heaven and earth is permeable.

Jacob’s Ladder and the Gate of Heaven

In Jacob’s dream, he has seen the opening between dimensions, normally only accessible to angels and prophets. According to Christian mystics and Gnostics, this Gate is available to all serious initiates. This ladder between the mundane and the heavenly realms is developed by practicing the ancient work of inner alchemy. As in Egyptian, Taoist, Vedic, Buddhist and Christian esoteric knowledge, one extends one’s sphere of possibilities with conscious breath work, meditation and using sacred sounds to vibrate and awaken the inner cauldrons of power, or energy centers.

The Djed Pillar or backbone of Osiris is a more ancient version of Jacob’s Ladder. Many of the Christian esoteric traditions are rooted in Sumerian and Egyptian practices, which included the opening of the five senses to awaken the sixth and beyond. Ritual anointing with aromas of a high frequency, such as spikenard, frankincense, myrrh and cedar was practiced by the Myrrhophores, priestesses of the temple such as Mary Magdalene, Hathor and Isis. Sacred sounds, chants and incantations were used to open doorways of perception and raise the djed, or kundalini.

In the Naassene Sermon, a text said to be based on a teaching given by Jesus at the Last Supper, this raising of the Shakti, or Kundalini is called reversing the flow. This process creates the upward-flowing river, thus relieving the normal gravity and human focus on the mundane. Unlimited worlds of potentiality open in the initiate who develops the inner balance of connection between earth and sky. (For more reading on the Naassenes, see the book ‘Gnostic Secrets of the Naassenes, The Initiatory Teachings of the Last Supper’ by Mark H. Gaffney.)

To read the entire article, including Ani’s interview with author Patrice Chaplin, go to Also, stop by the Bloodline store to buy special edition music CDs by Ani Williams.

Ani Williams is a harpist, singer and sound therapist residing in Sedona, Arizona. Visit her website for articles on Mary Magdalene and the Grail mysteries, Songaia Sound Medicine, and May and September, 2009 Grail Pilgrimages in Southern France. Her May tour includes the annual Gypsy Festival of St. Sarah in Provence. Website: or call 928-204-1124.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Happy Birthday, darling Jolie

"Soit glorieuse, mon ange!"

Dear Friends,

Those of you who have seen “Bloodline” may have wondered about the dedication at the end:

“Dedicated, with love, to Jolie Maria Golden-Valtierra 1973 – 2005”

Jolie is my beloved daughter, and today is her birthday. It has been nearly four years now since she passed away from a blood clot on the day we started official production of “Bloodline.”

I struggled terribly through that first year, and, on the anniversary of her death, May 22, I was in London for a planned meeting with representatives of the Priory of Sion. Alone in my hotel room on the night of May 21, I found it impossible to sleep, thinking of my dear girl. So, as the clock passed midnight and into the 22nd of May, I began to write.

May 22, 2006

One year ago today, my world changed forever. I changed forever when I lost my funny, beautiful, loving, kind and crazy daughter, Jolie Maria. Things will never be the same for me or for all those who love and miss her, not the least of whom, her three amazing children, Edward, Liliana and Benjamin. Each of us must now go on, honoring the love she showed to all of us and the kindness she showed family, friends and strangers alike.

Jolie had a premonition of her early death. She told me so a few times throughout her life. I think she was about eight years old when she first said, “Mom, I’m not going to live to be very old. I’ll never live to be 35.” She probably only said it maybe three or four times over the years, and each time, I would chastise her, saying something to the effect of, “Honey, don’t say that! Don’t even give that thought any energy!” And she would just shrug and say, “Okay, Mom, but I’m just telling you.” To a mother, it was a thought too horrible to be entertained.

But the morning I found her lifeless body, it immediately struck me that, on some level, I had always known this was the way it would play out for us, and that, in her way, consciously or unconsciously, she had been trying to prepare me for it. Oh, my Darling Girl, I now thank you for that.

But even knowing that it was somehow in the plan for her to have such a short stay here with us, cannot take away the heartache from me, her Dad, her Mammy and Papa, her brother Devin, and those three children she loved so very much.

So, thank you, my friends, for the kindness and concern you have shown me through the past year. I know sometimes it’s difficult dealing with someone who has been damaged by such an event, so I cherish your heartfelt prayers and good wishes, and I hope I do not test your patience too much.

For those of you who knew Jolie, I don’t have to tell you what I miss about her. For those of you who didn’t, I wish you could have. She was like sunshine… always shining brightly, always smiling and laughing, no matter how she was suffering.

Oh, she wasn’t perfect… far from it. In fact, some of her life decisions seemed so wacky, they often drove me to distraction. But looking back on it all now, I believe she knew she didn’t have much time and was just trying to pack in as much life as she could. She did it with gusto!

And here’s to my daughter, my child, my sweet, sweet Jolie. . I love you forever and look forward to seeing you again one day when my work here is done. In the meantime, I thank you for staying with us those thirty-two years, and teaching me that love is all that matters.

I wish the whole world knew that, too.

Thank you, my friends, for letting me share my very personal feelings with you on this very special day for me.


Thursday, February 19, 2009


We have made so many new friends from many varying beliefs, practices, disciplines and philosophies on our journey to Bloodline. Gloria Amendola is one of the most fascinating, and while she and I may come to this mystery from different directions, I have come to value her as a close and dear friend, and I hope she says the same of me. I think certainly one thing we both agree on is that there is room for everyone in this ongoing conversation.

We are grateful to Gloria and to all those who helped facilitate a screening in that magical village in Southwest France called Rennes-le-Chateau. Regrettably, work prevented Bruce and I from being able to attend, but we look forward to another screening in the Region in the near future. We’ll keep you posted on that as well as other upcoming Bloodline screenings and appearances.

– René Barnett, Bloodline Producer

Gloria Amendola

On the evening of September 21, 2008 at La Capitol in Rennes le Chateau, France, right next to the mayor’s office, Bloodline was shown to an audience of about seventy people. The viewers included the locals, French Templars, the English, Dutch and Germans, an indigenous shaman, and a handful of Americans.

It was certain to be a tough and critical audience but it was imperative the film be shown in the village, especially given the new evidence showcased in the film and the new mayoral administration with its sense of forward thinking.

Since Rene Barnett and Bruce Burgess couldn’t be in Rennes le Chateau because of prior commitments, those of us who were there stepped up to help out. Thanks to Victor Serino and Ruben Rivera, whose financial and technical support made this night a reality. Others who helped out included Ani Williams, Nancy Safford, Gerda & Tobias Dobler, as well as some of the village residents.

It took some time to put the pieces in place, but once we did, we all breathed a sigh of relief that this moment had finally come. A few people did walk out during the screening. Some appeared cynical and somewhat mocking. Others seemed hopeful that Bloodline would finally move this story forward in a new and credible way.

Authors Henry Lincoln and Tim Wallace-Murphy, investigator Colin Taylor, and “the tomb man,” Ben Hammott were all in attendance for the post-film discussion. I facilitated the Q&A session afterwards, with the help of Ruben Rivera translating.

Rene wanted to give Henry his due acknowledgment so that sentiment was delivered after the film by Tim. Henry then strolled up to the front of the room to acknowledge the accolades and joined in on the Q&A.

Tim and Henry had much to say and Ben patiently waited his turn. Finally his time came and he added his insights and experiences to the debate. He said there had been three meetings with the DRAC and provided some details on those meetings.

Ben then clarified something about the Sauniere parchments. He said a linguistics expert had looked at what people say is bad French on those parchments, but that it likely contained a code to the language used by Sauniere.

I had hoped for more discussion on the Sauniere parchments, the parchments presented by Gerard Thom, the alleged underground repository in the area, and the bloodline. No one in the audience refuted the idea of the bloodline or the idea of the marriage of Jesus & Mary. What they did refute was that Ben actually unearthed this evidence!

One man chided Ben for claiming to find objects in a nearby cave known to some as the Cave of the Magdalene. He said no one else had found anything in there. Ben’s response was simple. He said it was because the whole cave area just hadn’t been searched.

It’s understandable that people were apprehensive about the film and this new evidence. There have been so many hoaxes involving the Rennes le Chateau mystery. But the more time that passes, the more Ben’s evidence can be examined with objectivity rather than with the incredible emotional charge this whole story still holds over us.

People were engaged in the film, and most stayed for the discussion. I think the debate could have gone on for some time, but it was late and tensions had run high all weekend. Ani said history was made that night, and looking back, I think she was right.

So whatever criticism or skepticism was expressed, Bloodline continues to keep the discussion alive as to what is buried in the environs of Rennes le Chateau.

Thankfully there are those who remain determined to find proof that will finally crack the codes of that region – whether it is to be found in Templar tombs, from further evidence of the real Jesus story, or by unveiling the true identity of Magdalene. Maybe that would explain why she was an inspiration to Abbes Boudet and Sauniere, and Marie Denarnaud.


Since writing this article, I have begun to further understand one of the key players in this puzzle, certainly in the Sauniere era – Marie Denarnaud. She has fascinated me for a long time. I have always felt the account of her story was…well…wrong.

If you go to my website at and scroll down to the July 2, 2008 entry called The Bloodline Mysteries, you can read how Marie’s spirit came to me one day with a very curious message while I was visiting Rennes le Chateau.
I have encountered some strange theories on my walkabouts in the area. It was suggested to me that Marie Denarnaud was the daughter of Berenger Sauniere, or that her father had a strong association with Abbe Boudet and to follow that lead.

But what feels right to me is that Marie knew the secrets of the tunnels and underground truth of the region, both literally and figuratively. Did that mean she had trained for the guardianship of the grail even before she met Sauniere? Was she placed in the village to awaken her ancestral memories and help the priest make sense of things? Or did she already understand the bloodline enigma that had been protected for generations? Is that why no harm ever came to her and why she took these secrets to her grave?

This scenario answers some nagging questions and is one I will explore in my upcoming tour of the area in April to further understand the land and its grail codes.
If interested in making this journey, please go to to find out more. Space is very limited at this time.

I would like to thank Melinda from The Melinda Channel for some key intuitive insights that helped me connect the dots.
Her website is