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.

– RenĂ© 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