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“A Gift of Sacred Things: Meeting With Bali’s Spiritual Masters

March 20, 2010 by  
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“A Gift of Sacred Things: Meeting Bali’s Spiritual Masters”

I set off to Bali with Alberto Roman (philospher and shamanic musician) who had worked with me on “The Shaman and Ayahuasca” (now in post production). The idea was to explore Bali’s concept of Niskala – or ‘the unseen world’. The Balinese spend 50% of their lives in temple ceremonies and rituals appeasing the unseen gods and demons that inhabit and influence their world. We wanted to meet and film people who are mediums and spiritual practitioners between these two worlds. And Bali is filled with them. Read more

Bali Brothers – Publishing the script as a book

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BALI BROTHERS – Publishing the film script as a book

Scripts are usual secret documents that are only shared initially with actors, department heads and financiers. I took quite an opposite approach and just published the script which is now available in all bookstores and on Amazon BEFORE the film has been made. This is the rationale behind such madness. mw Read more

In Memory of Pablo Amaringo

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Pablo Amaringo’s Vision

Almost exactly two months ago, my wife and I, and Alberto Roman were in Pulcalpa Peru interviewing Pablo for a book and a film. When we first arrived and met him he was beaming with love and warmly welcomed us. To honor him, I presented him with a white Tibetan khata (scarf). He was delighted and even though it was 90 degrees outside he never took it off. Here is a transcription of one of the first things he said to us which gives us comfort in these hours since his passing. Clearly this was a prophetic dream. Read more

Major Influence: Buckminster Fuller

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I’ve started to build a Youtube channel and I realize that I search existing videos many of my early influences can be found. One of my first searches with for Buckminster Fuller.

I started reading anything I could get my hands on by Buckminster Fuller when I lived in Japan in 1970. Japan – in its rush to be as futuristic as possible – was the perfect setting. Bucky said things that I had not heard before. He said that we can use design science to make the world work bringing everyone around the world out of poverty and to a standard of living level equal to what the world’s greatest powers now enjoy. He went on to prove Malthus and the common belief of scarcity in the world as quite wrong. Read more

Step by Step

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Every filmmaker or author wants to get their work out into the world and move their new work forward. These thoughts land on me every day when I get rise. A few days ago I was in London and had another screening of THE SACRED SITES OF THE DALAI LAMAS for the Tibet Foundation. The audience was small but often its quality not quantity that we should be looking for. As a result of the screening it looks like there may be five new screenings coming up, including one in the Dalai Lama’s home town of Dharmsala in India. This is very exciting! Read more

Cannes? Not this year.

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Cannes is going on right now. I’ve been 5 or 6 times and decided to pass this year even though my sales agent is screening THE SACRED SITES OF THE DALAI LAMAS in the film market. But I’ve been to the film market screenings and its too painful to sit in a large theater with only half a dozen people – the first six of whom walk out before 10 minutes have lapsed. But this is not necessarily to be interrupted that they hate your film, just that they “got it” and have another screening to go to. Still, this screening environmnet is too hard on delicate filmmakers. Read more

LA Wrap Up

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I leave Los Angeles tonight for London. It’s been a very full and action packed trip. Loads of fun, extremely productive. I worked on Bali Brothers, Sacred Sites, MWP Books and met many dear friends.

One highlight – of course – was the showing of SACRED SITES OF THE DALAI LAMAS at the Landmark Theater. We had two showings. The first was so packed people had to sit in the aisles. The second 9pm showing was almost full. Steve Dancz and I conducted a Q&A session after each showing. Read more

Hit the Ground Running

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I’m halfway through this trip to LA. Tonite is the showing of SACRED SITES – a high water mark.

So far I’ve had meetings with our company’s bookkeeper and accountant, Debbie and Steve. These folks are terrific. Without the smooth infrastructure they provide, business would be impossible. Each time we meet we find better ways of doing things – which is also the goal of the upcoming “Publishing University” which we are holding for 30 authors on Saturday. Read more

Between London and LA

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I’m in Heathrow airport – a kind of holding tank purgatory. Not quite London and certainly not yet LA. Last night I had dinner with Phil Barantini and Rebecca Grant – two of the leads for the upcoming film BALI BROTHERS. It’s very exciting to begin the process with them developing their characters. I gave them some books on Bali and homework assignments to start writing their character’s back stories. If the financing gods are willing we expect to shoot in Bali in August 2008. Read more

“SACRED SITES” is Breaking Out

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I am sitting here amazed – watching this little film have a life of its own. People are coming out of the woodwork to see it and to help get it out in the world. Wherever we present it, whether its a film festival or a public screening – people are going out of their way to get it shown.

I’ve been very surprised by this. I thought we’d have a very small quiet release and over time it would (or would not – like so many) make its way into the world. And its not just Buddhists who are interested. Many ordinary folks are interested in Tibet, the Dalai Lama, and the great masters who acheived enlightenment. Read more

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