23 November 2011

Special Screening & Discussion this Sunday, November 27!

Please join me for the 7pm Screening of Jennifer Fox's award-winning documentary MY REINCARNATION on Sunday, November 27 at Cinema Village in New York. 
After the screening, Jennifer and I will discuss spiritual filmmaking and the various Buddhist paths.
Co-hosted by Kagyu Dzamling Kunchab Tibetan Buddhist Center (KDK) NYC

03 June 2011

Short Shorts

The summer is already sizzling here, and I am very pleased to announce the World Premiere of two of the Nangchen Shorts films about life in rural Tibet. WATER will have its debut at the SilverDocs Documentary Festival in Silver Springs, MD (near Washington DC) on June 23 & 25th. And RITUAL OBJECTS will debut in June (TBD) at Palm Springs International ShortFest. Trailers are available for viewing on the website and screening updates will also be posted there.

In other news, DAUGHTERS OF WISDOM will also be playing this month. First, on June 19 at the Bodhi Film Festival in Malibu, and then on June 26 for a special Benefit Screening hosted by Kagyu Drupgyu Chodzong Buddhist Center - all proceeds from that event will be donated to the nuns of Kala Rongo.

Hope to see you in one place or another!

19 March 2011

Short and Sweet

I've just completed a series of short docs about rural Tibet that I'm really looking forward to sharing.(Stay tuned here for screening news as it develops.) All of them are very intimate and very rare looks at rural Tibetan rituals and processes, and were shot on location at Kala Rongo, the Buddhist monastery exclusively for women in Nangchen, Tibet where DAUGHTERS OF WISDOM was created.

is a 7-minute film in which a woman goes to collect water in a barrel (a 1 hour process in real time). TSAMPA is a 7-minute film in which a young woman prepares the Tibetan food staple while sitting in a traditional yak tent, and RITUAL OBJECTS is a 14-minute triptych offering a rare and intimate look at three traditional Buddhist rituals: In
PRAYER WHEEL, a young woman discusses the meaning and mechanics of the iconic Tibetan implement. In PROCESSION, a group of nuns await the arrival of a High Lama in the customary way. And in TORMA, an old monk gently instructs a young nun on how to prepare the components of an intricate Tibetan ceremony.

Thank you to the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and Digital Arts, for their support in making the films possible. And to the artist residency at Yaddo where I spent a glorious month last summer editing them.