Explore the extraordinary phenomenon of The Labyrinth: its history and its mythical story common to all cultures and geography.
The Project: Where the Labyrinth Leads
The Labyrinth is an extraordinary phenomenon: one is drawn in immediately upon seeing its elegant design.
Until now, documentary filmmakers have underserved this ancient, most fascinating symbol. For the first time, noted independent filmmakers will create a feature documentary to explore the history and meaning of labyrinths from the earliest rock carvings created 4000 years ago, to the present day revival of labyrinth makers and seekers.
Traces of labyrinthine patterns in earthworks and pictorial art reach back into prehistory. Anthropologist Marja Gimbutas found a meander pattern on a figurine in the Ukraine that dates from 18,000 to 15,000 BC. The early Romans built labyrinths. The seven-ring design appears on coins from Knossos in the British Museum collection (c.430-67 BC). In Sutan in East Afghanistan, a seven-ring labyrinth drawing portrays ‘Sahmaili’s House’, which only the Princess Shamaili knew how to enter. In India, the temple of Halebid in Mysore has a seven-ring labyrinth carved within a twelfth century stone frieze. In Arizona the labyrinth carvings at Casa Grande and Oraibi date back to the thirteenth century. In the Rock Valley near Tintagel in Cornwall, the same seven-ring design is found carved on a vertical rock face. In Scandinavia, there are at least 530 Classical labyrinths made from rings of stones, dating back over a thousand years. In Sumatra, labyrinths have been found carved on timbers of houses and the gold finger-rings of remote jungles. Labyrinths are everywhere.
It may be that labyrinths could have sprung up in different parts of the world independently of each other. Once the Classical seven-ring labyrinth was constructed it could be easily memorized and hence replicated and disseminated by seafaring people. No one really knows for sure why it is ubiquitous.
Filmmakers Bill Sisca and Rich Lerner, along with Labyrinth enthusiast and producer, Kim Becker, will travel worldwide to explore this mysterious phenomenon and seek to find some answers to the questions of why, when, and where are the earliest designs. What did they mean to ancient people; how were they used? Why did the early Church adopt the design: the most famous of which is in The Cathedral at Chartres. The most intriguing question: Why are the stories and myth associated with labyrinths so similar? Why the revival today? We will have noted Labyrinth historian, Jeff Saward, http://www.labyrinthos.net, to assist us in our research.
This is the first in-depth feature documentary production ever on the subject. It requires quite a bit of travel and research to give the project true justice. Spectacular photography is planned. Original music will be scored for it. We need a 100,000-dollar minimum budget to undertake this endeavor to finance the travel, crew, equipment, and post-production. This is truly a labor of love. Part of the proceeds from the sale of our WTLL DVD will benefit The Labyrinth Society http://labyrinthsociety.org/ the original client that inspired this idea and whose video introduction excerpt you see in our video above.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on June 30, 2011.
May 1, 2011 - Jun 30, 2011 (60 days)
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Friends receive a thank you credit on our website.
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You receive a Download of an original aerial photograph of a beautiful labyrinth and a website credit.
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You receive a DVD of the complete Where The Labyrinth Leads, our digital download of our aerial of a labyrinth, and credit on our website.
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You receive Where The Labyrinth Leads DVD, a signed, poster-size aerial photograph, the digital download of our aerial photo of a labyrinth, posts from on location, and a website credit.
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You receive: a film credit on our movie as a supporter, the DVD of the complete Where The Labyrinth Leads, a signed, poster-size aerial photograph, the digital download of our aerial photo of a labyrinth, post from on location, and a beautiful Chartres pewter finger labyrinth. with stylus.
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You will receive 2 tickets to the Premier of Where The Labyrinth Leads in Naples, Florida in January 2012. You also receive 2 invitations to the Premier Party as well as all of the above awards.
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All of above plus business-class, round trip, US travel with all expenses and subsistence paid including hotel for 2 to the Premiere and production party of Where The Labyrinth Leads in Naples Florida.