Category Archives: Movies

Buddha’s Lost Children

Buddha’s Lost Children is a beautiful documentary from the Dutch filmmaker Mark Verkerk. He follows the Thai Buddhist monk Khru Bah, who dedicated his life on helping the people in the villages and training orphans to be good Buddhists. The area he lives in is very poor and a lot of people are addicted or have been addicted to drugs. He bless them and teach them the good and bad things in life.
He also takes care of little orphans and with his help they can learn to take care of themselves and others, they have enough food and are able to go to school.

Music: Tibetan Incantations – Om Mani Padme Hum.
Chants of Tibet: The Meditative Sound of Buddhist Chants

Om mani padme hum (Derived from the Sanskrit, Devanagari ॐ मणि पद्मे हूँ, IAST oṃ maṇi padme huṃ) is probably the most famous mantra in Buddhism, the six syllabled mantra of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara (Tibetan Chenrezig, Chinese Guanyin). The mantra is particularly associated with the four-armed Shadakshari form of Avalokiteshvara.

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Impact of Skateboarding in South Africa

Within the Valley of a Thousand Hills in rural Durban, South Africa, there’s a group of young skateboarders practicing on a half-pipe and a bowl. They’re all part of the Indigo Skate Camp, a movement that looks to nurture sustainable skateboarding environments for rural and vulnerable youths, and Andile Msomi is one of them. The camp looks to empower local Zulu villagers to learn and grow through the language of skateboarding—and that they do. This short documentary by Jess Colquhoun follows Andile and his friends to their first competition, where the most important thing is not to win but to enjoy the ride.

Book Selects – Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos

Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos: A Practical Guide to Planning, Filming, and Editing Documentaries of Real Events by Barry Hampe

This book definitely was a good go to when I first began recording video and ended up with a box of tapes with little idea of how to bring together a cohesive project.

Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos is the perfect text for students of filmmaking who would like to make a documentary. Barry Hampe, who has made more than 150 documentary films and videos, traces the two main approaches to documentary–recording behavior and re-creating past events―and shows students how to do both effectively. Covering all the steps, from conceptualization to completion, the book includes chapters on visual evidence; documentary ethics; why reality is not enough; budgeting; and casting, crew, and equipment selection.

Availabe on  –  Amazon & PDF (will find the link)

 

Ghost in the Shell Trailer

If you grew up even a little close to anime or video games then you should know about Ghost in the Shell. Definitely one of the anime stories that I couldnt quite understand at a young age and now that im older I still havent taken the time to re watch all the old stuff to really grasp the storyline. Either way Hollywood has arrived to capitalize and change the characters into themselves as usual!

Maria Sabina Documentary


María Sabina Magdalena García (22 of July of 1894 – 23 of November of 1985) was a curandera of the ethnic Mexican mazateca, exerted its profession mainly in the town of Huautla de Jiménez located in the mountain range Mazateca, to the south Of Mexico, in the state of Oaxaca.

After her traditional knowledge about the ceremonial and healing use of hallucinogenic mushrooms, which she called “holy children,” which grew in her region, were spread by amateur banker and mycologist Robert Gordon Wasson, Maria Sabina was converted into a National and international celebrity, especially among people who struggle for the open and legal use of psychoactive substances

The Shanti Gumbo Experience (video)

 

It was a cold icy night in Atlanta but that wouldn’t stop what was about to take place! A  brief phone call with Alia (Shanti Gumbo) the previous night confirmed what I felt would happen.  We planned on linking up before the spoken word performance to speak of what was about to happen and how she would like to deliver the experience….  20 hours later I arrive in the presence of Alia and sg-3Isis_Love. Isis offered me some “magical tea” that taste very delicious…. I kept calling it tea and was reminded that it was not a tea but more of a  brew if you will. I asked for the secret recipe but some things must remain secret. For 3 minutes I was trying to figure out what was in it but soon lost thought of my tongue.  Alia thought it would be a good idea to rehearse an outline that she had in mind. Its always good to have a little structure to hold the freestyle together. Isis was appointed  the drum and singing bowl to ease in the tracks and set the tone of the night. At one point Isis_love was on the singing bowl and zone out forgetting that she was suppose to slowly stop, I think we all drifted off with her but the moment was definitely a funny one. Its like when you get caught day dreaming by someone.. its like oh  hey yeah … im here.. im here.. im back..  kinda feeling.

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After preparing it was finally time to go do what was set out for the night. In my mind I saw a different setup but this one was just as good. The spot was nice and the atmosphere was welcoming. We arrived early so it was about an hour wait before it was time to present the experience to the people! Food is always a good way to pass time so we all ordered some french and sweet potatoe fries! Alia and Isis share with me that they have alter egos when It comes to eating. It was joyous watching them go back and forth as Debrah and (the other name slips my mind). Their playful energy was definitely in abundance last night…. The speaker system was giving off a little static and that in itself was a humorous episode. There was a guy named Clark dancing all around the room and making sure the Dj knew … Aye man .. this system sucks lol but in a humorous way. We found it hilarious, There was someone that worked in the back that had me rolling with his side commentary and facial expressions One lady forgot the name of her song and said “Its the winter yall, everything slows down around this time” -He chimed in “So is that what they call it” referring to green lol hilarious but it was time to present!…. Show time

Before the performance began Alia took  the time to thank Isis with a hug that projected gratification and appreciation. screen-shot-2017-01-08-at-11-16-32-amscreen-shot-2017-01-08-at-11-16-02-am

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The experience started off with Shanti requesting everyone to close their eyes and rely more on their hearing and feeling in order to get the message that she was delivering.  Line after line was powerful statements with the intention of finding your purpose, knowing your purpose, breathing your purpose and ultimately fulfilling who you were meant to be.  The second part was a guided meditation helping manifest what you have in mind.
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From magical tea to jokes about the seat warmers frying our buns the night was definitely appreciated and I’m glad I was able to enjoy the experience. Alia’s powerful delivery definitely resonated with me and confirmed the direction this year is heading. Follow your purpose!  Peace…. video will be complete sooner than later! Narrated by yours truly! We will be delivering more documentary style of footage and coverage so be prepared to go on a journey!