Lately, there seem to be yogamentaries (yoga-focused documentaries) coming out of our ears and asanas, but we can’t say that’s necessarily a bad thing. As long as they’re good and people watch them. With the approach of this new kickstarter project telling the stories of meditators of all stripes, we think people beyond the yoga choir might even get interested.
It’s called ‘ON MEDITATION: documenting the inner journey‘ and it’s a series of short portrait films that explore an individual’s practice of meditation, how it works for them and what it looks like on a very basic physical level, hopefully breaking down at least some of the mystique. Their aim is “to make meditation both more accessible and less simplistic,” and they’ve already got a slew of mixed characters lined up for the vignettes: actor Giancarlo Esposito (Do the Right Thing, The Usual Suspects, and King of New York, Breaking Bad), acclaimed author Peter Matthiessen, Buddhist monk The Venerable Metteyya, Congressman Tim Ryan and budding yogapreneur Elena Brower, who also happens to be the film’s executive producer.
A production of Snapdragon Films, ON MEDITATION is being helmed by director/executive producer team Rebecca Dreyfus and Susannah Ludwig and of course Lady Brower who are trying to raise $50,000 to finish the first five portraits and shoot five more. (Wish list includes: Phil Jackson, Katy Perry, Patti Smith, Jeff Bridges, Russell Brand, Eileen Fisher, Donna Karan, Robert Thurman, Howard Stern, Russell Simmons, Mark Epstein, Eva Mendes, Alannis Morrisette, Sally Kempton, David Lynch, and Quincy Jones iii.).
As a bonus, for every advance DVD backed via kickstarter they will donate a copy to a school or institution for underserved populations, which sounds like a nice thing to do.
Here’s their promo video. Of course you can’t see an inner journey, but maybe with all different people talking about it, we can understand better for ourselves? The video is a little woo-wah for our taste and we hope the final film gets a tad more down to earth for the unindoctrinated if they really want to reach regular people, but we appreciate the idea and efforts.
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