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On Meditation Documentary Launches Kickstarter Campaign
Snapdragon Films has announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the completion of a feature-length film about the practice of meditation. On Meditation: Documenting the Inner Journey is a series of short portraits which, to date, feature Buddhist Monk The Venerable Metteya, yoga superstar Elena Brower, two-time national book award-winning author Peter Matthiessen, actor Giancarlo Esposito (of Breaking Bad fame) and Congressman Tim Ryan, author of A Mindful Nation. Funds will allow the filmmakers to continue shooting in order to create a full-length work. For every advance DVD backed on Kickstarter, a copy will be donated to a school or institution serving at-risk youth, veterans or seniors.
The brainchild of award-winning filmmaker Rebecca Dreyfus, On Meditation was born from her own trepidation experienced in beginning her own meditation practice. “For a high-energy New Yorker like me, sitting quietly can be the most challenging thing you ever do,” says Dreyfus. “We offer a glimpse into the mysteries of the inner journey by sharing the private insights and rituals of the extraordinary people featured in On Meditation. Our aim is to make meditation both more accessible and less simplistic."
When Dreyfus first approached her producer, Susannah Ludwig, with the idea for the film, her response was, “You want to shoot people sitting around with their eyes closed doing nothing?” They both came to realize, however, that meditators are communing with the mystery of life and attempting to make peace with it. “There is a kind of beautiful tension in that,” Dreyfus says. The goal of On Meditation to make meditation more mainstream by showcasing accomplished people receiving tremendous benefits from their consistent spiritual practice.
“Meditation has helped me re-map my brain and know my highest self,” says Elena Brower. Brower was so impressed with the project that she became an Executive Producer. “We wanted to bring people into a world they normally wouldn’t have access to,” says Dreyfus. “All our meditators share in common the need to find something in their lives that will offer them a richer connection to themselves, and a way to transcend the daily trials that can trip us all up. Meditation has a powerful impact on those who practice but also on the world around them. We believe if more people meditated the world would be a better place.”
Kickstarter funds will be used to complete post-production on the first five portraits, and then be channeled toward five more segments. Following this, portraits will be filmed featuring the likes of famed Hollywood Director David Lynch and bestselling author Gabrielle Bernstein, among other public figures. The On Meditation project will only be funded if $50,000 is pledged by Friday Apr 19, 12:00pm EDT. Click here to become part of this amazing project.