About this project
FIRST FUNDING GOAL REACHED!!! HELP US HIT OUR SECOND GOAL FOR THE NEXT CHAPTER
Thank you to all our supporters for helping us reach our first funding goal. Your contributions will get us to Tamera in Portugal to share important models for liberating love. But let's not stop there! What does the role of life play in the cultivation of our sexuality? How can we invite deep relationship with the sensory world?
PLEASE HELP US RAISE AN ADDITIONAL $10K TOWARDS 'EROS & THE WORLD'
WHAT IS LOVE?
In the 21st century, the dawn of the hyperconnected world has caused many to deeply question love. Rolling Stone has dubbed this era the "Millenial's Sexual Revolution," where sex, intimacy, and partnership are being "radically reexamined."
Many of us grew up with the myth of THE ONE. The powerful idea that our happiness depends on finding our one true love - the person who will complete us. Some are indeed lucky enough to find a committed partnership that is passionate and resilient. But for many, this is a fairy tale.
Even if you find the one, you probably continue to feel attraction to other people, or your partner may cheat on you or maybe the business of daily life takes over and you stop having physical intimacy. Or maybe you simply fall out of love.
By believing that our partner has to be EVERYTHING, we create unrealistic expectations that cause our relationships to strain, fizzle, or often… break.
In the last decade, we’ve witnessed the shift from the individual to the social network, the rise of the collaborative economy, and the internet as an abundant space.
Yet with 7 billion people on earth in a world of hyper connection, many of us continue to be starved for intimacy and connection. In North America and Europe over ½ of marriages end in divorce, and domestic violence has risen to epidemic levels.
So what happened to this story of happily ever after?
The Tamera Peace Research Village in Portugal is a global leader on research into new models of love and relationship.
In our society, love is usually a private matter between two people, causing many to wrongly believe that their problems are not shared. Looking to the collective trauma of a 6,000 year system of patriarchy, Tamera realized the private wounds of love and sexuality are actually universal and global issues, in which their healing is key to Tamera's mission of creating a "future without war."
"The drama of humanity is in large part of the drama of unrequited love." - Dieter Duhm, Tamera co-founder
Starting with the formation of a small group in Germany in the 1970's, the project began to research human relationship - love, sex, and partnership - understanding these as the basic foundations for a sustaining larger community. In their research, Tamera discovered trust and solidarity as the ultimate necessity for human relationship, and that their deepest forms are only possible in community. But how to create communal trust in the areas of deepest historical trauma for human relationship?
Over the years Tamera has socially engineered a number of "unusual methods" to create trust in their community. Core to these methods is the idea of complete public transparency in all matters of love and sexuality.
"When people recognize each other in their shared afflictions, they feel less need to disguise themselves and can live together with greater trust. To be seen is to be loved. " - Dieter Duhm
With the support of a community in solidarity and a social climate of trust, Tamera operates in a system they call "Free Love," which is not based on any prescribed relationship model or practice, but rather love based on one's deepest truth - a truth free from coercion, fear and violence.
"We give no ideological answers to these questions but we are looking for new spaces of experience, for truth and insight. The solution does not begin with a confession for monogamy, polygamy or celibacy but with an inner truth that is supported by the truth of others." - Dieter Duhm
For the past 35 years Tamera has used their breakthroughs in social sustainability as the base from which to develop numerous other projects of environmental sustainability, now comprising a global education campus, which hosts thousands of students and volunteers as well as permanent residence to nearly 200 "peace-workers."
In addition, Tamera has founded a global network, Terra Nova, which features many other centers, or Healing Biotopes, which Tamera calls, "Greenhouses of Trust."
"To become capable of love, we must learn to participate in the world. Participation is part of the secret of love. This brings us inevitably into the field of ethics. Participation means trust, resolution of fear barriers, overcoming prejudices, and throwing back the bolts with which we have locked our hearts.
To become capable of love, we must develop a system of life in which real trust between people arises and grows. It is this trust that opens the heart and the body, dissolves the body armour and heals the soul." - Dieter Duhm
SHOOTING THE FILM & TRANSLATING TAMERA
Tamera founded the Global Love School to spread their research and help others discover their own truth in love. The filmmakers have been invited to this year's Global Love School, which will serve as the backdrop for this film.
Our filming will begin at Tamera's annual Global Love School in May 2015 and continue into other dynamic areas of the Tamera project.
It is our aim to capture and translate Tamera's systems on love & partnership for a wider audience. Video is the most powerful tool we have for spreading powerful memes throughout our globalized culture.
Our short film will illuminate the core mythology of Tamera, along with the architecture of their social systems that create a culture of peace. The film will also include links to further education resources and materials to support the spread of these practices on a global scale.
Principle photography will be completed at Tamera, then we'll shift into post-production for June/July/August. The film will be widely released in Sept 2015, to coincide with the North American book release from their co-founder Dieter Duhm.
About the book: "We live in apocalyptic times. We see the miracles of technology, the high gloss of urban façades, the wealth of the elites; and we see the beaten and starving human beings, the destroyed nature and the war machine that has gotten out of control.
We need nothing more urgently today than an idea of how it could go on. Most futurists are thereby thinking of new systems for energy, food, urban living, markets, and economy. Only a few visionaries also include the human inner world in their survival strategies. One of them is Dieter Duhm."
HOW THE FILM WILL BE USED
This film will be used in a variety of ways:
- viewed together with a partner to create a dialogue and vulnerability allowing the relationship to drop deeper into more authentic spaces, whether the relationship is monogamous, polyamorous or otherwise.
- shown in conferences & workshops on relationships and sexuality; igniting group discussion towards applying Tamera's models in a global context
- watched online by millions of people to shift our understanding of love, partnership & sexuality, in service to healing interpersonal conflict, allowing for the liberation of love
- and much more!
OUR PREVIOUS WORK & THE IMPACT
Our team has a strong track record of creating powerful films with real-world impact. Here are a few examples:
OCCUPY LOVE (2013) - Directed by Velcrow Ripper, and co-produced by Ian MacKenzie & Nova Ami, this feature documentary tracked the revolutions that rocked the globe in 2011. From Tunisia to Egypt, Barcelona to Wall St, we connected the dots of this movement of movements. The film was released to the community, and screened at festivals and hundreds of activist gatherings all over the world.
SACRED ECONOMICS (2013) - Based on the book by visionary Charles Eisenstein, this 12 minute film illuminated a new economic system based on the story of inter-being. The film has been seen over 600,000 times and accelerated the vision of the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.
THE STORY OF STUFF (2007) - Directed by Louis Fox, The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. The short film continues to be a massive success, garnering over 3,00,000 views online and spurring numerous other "Story of" films.
We are confident our new film HEALING OF LOVE will be just as successful and create a significant impact in the cultural dialogue around love, sexuality and the village.
OUR KICKSTARTER GOALS
We are raising $21,000 to fund all aspects of the production and post-production of the HEALING OF LOVE short film.
Here's a breakdown of our budget:
This goal of $21K is the bare minimum we need to do this film justice. Any amount over our goal will be reflected in a deeper and more polished film journey into HEALING OF LOVE.
Above our first goal we have ambitious stretch goals to turn this first film into a series or even a feature documentary.
OUR STRETCH GOALS
If we hit $42,000
We will produce a second short offering further perspectives from a variety of global researchers and thought-leaders on this transition into a new story of love, including the deeper understanding and cultivation of EROS.
We will complete a 3 part film series, delving into how we can form community around our living into this Healing of Love, as well addressing other topics in the Love Revolution such as LGBQT issues and more.
ABOUT THE TEAM
IAN MACKENZIE / DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
Ian MacKenzie is an award-winning filmmaker & media activist based in Vancouver. His work has appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic TV, CBC Documentary, The Globe and Mail, Adbusters, and film festivals around the world. He co-produced Velcrow Ripper’s feature film Occupy Love (2013), and more recently released the short film Reactor (2013). Sacred Economics (2012) is one of his most popular web films, in collaboration with author Charles Eisenstein. Ian’s previous short The Revolution Is Love (2011) was named one of the top 10 Occupy films to watch 2011. His newest featured documentary Amplify Her, exploring the rising feminine in electronic music, will be released in 2016.
JOHN WOLFSTONE / EDITOR & PRODUCER
John is a filmmaker, educator, wilderness guide and performance artist based in Colorado. Over the past 7 years, he has used filmmaking, nature connection and the somatic arts as tools of conflict resolution and peace building in conflict zones from rural Guatemalan villages, to Middle Eastern refugee camps and inner cities in the U.S. In addition, he has been producing short films for social change-makers through his media collaborative, ReCultured Media.
LOUIS FOX / EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Louis is the co-founder of Free Range Studios, a marketing & storytelling production company that aims to inspire, educate and activate. He is also the director of the massively popular web series The Story of Stuff - seen by millions all over the world. Louis co-authored the recent book Sustainable Revolution exploring permaculture in ecovillages, urban farms, and communities worldwide.
We recognize this film explores a sensitive topic and... let's face it... our core team is composed entirely of young white men. We are grateful to have these wise and powerful women as project advisors:
CHRISTIANE PELMAS / RE-WILDING & WOMEN'S WISDOM
Christiane is founder of The ReWilding, an organization which offers guidance and counseling along with instructional and experiential films and books. She is also the founder of Global Culture of Women, which began after sitting with a group of women from Israel, Palestine and the USA in a circle called Women of Vision. In the presence of these courageous women, coming together to weave rituals of peace which they would take back to their families and communities, she heard story upon story of the wisdom, fearlessness and life-loving vision of the feminine spirit. The Global Culture of Women began shortly after from this knowing; that women hold a power critical to humanity’s remembering of it’s integral place in the web of life.
MAGALIE BONNEAU-MARCIL / DANCING WITHOUT BORDERS
Magalie is the founder of Dancing Without Borders and Shaping New Culture. She facilitates internationally large scale transformative art ritual experiences and workshops focused on the healing of love and the reconciliation among the genders. She has also spent time at Tamera in their Love School, and will provide an important voice for the perspective of women in the healing of love.
SOME OF OUR REWARDS
Check out a few of our awesome rewards, from digital album downloads, signed DVD packages, private one-on-one Skype calls and more!
NEW REWARD! YAB YUM YANTRA - LARGE PRINT
This gorgeous 2 foot (24 x16) print was gifted to me by the artist Geoglyphiks a few years ago for a workshop. Since then it has hung in my office, inspiring my work ever since. Geo has graciously offered to gift another print in support of our campaign.
NEW REWARD! SOUL SEX MINI DECKS
SOUL SEX™ MINIDECK - From the author of Soul Sex, Jenny Ferry, each minideck contains 11 double-sided uniquely-themed SOUL SEX™ MiniCards and its own hard, sleek case that slides open for speedy access. Each card is uniquely designed to gently open the door and invite you to enter into a deeper conversation with yourself, and those close to you — ultimately, impacting the quality of your relationships and sexuality.
“KISS THE WITCH” DIGITAL ALBUM - Boe Huntress is the sultry voice behind our animation. Receive a digital copy of her album "Kiss the Witch" + thank you credit in the film.
SIGNED BOOK ‘WOMAN’S WISDOM’ + CARD DECK (limit 5) - An empowering invitation for women to remember the indigenous language unique to each of us, authored by Christiane Pelmas.
DIRECTOR DVD PACKAGE - Signed copies of Ian MacKenzie's previous feature docs OCCUPY LOVE, REACTOR, ONE WEEK JOB + Eros ebook + thank you credit in film.
CHARLES EISENSTEIN SKYPE CALL - One hour private skype call with visionary & author Charles Eisenstein to activate support activating your inner gifts.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
- Healing of Love Team
Risks and challenges
CHALLENGE: DEALING WITH HETERO-NORMATIVITY
First off, let us speak to the issue of hetero-normativity. Tamera has focused their work on the issue of conflict between the sexes. This creates obvious tensions around larger issues of gender, sexual orientation and the historical problems of privilege and oppression.
Although Tamera's work is hetero-normative, our goal as filmmakers is to create a piece inclusive of all peoples. This is a monumental task, and one in which we will most likely fall short, especially given the context of where we will film. We would love support in this area and we invite any feedback, questions and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org
CHALLENGE: A VERY SENSITIVE TOPIC
Beyond issues of Gender and Sexual Identity, Love, Sexuality and Partnership are extremely sensitive issues for most humans. The perspectives we offer in this film will most likely be offensive to people comfortably living in the dominant paradigm. Our goal is not to pit one lifestyle choice against another, nor is it to please everyone.
CHALLENGE: JOURNEYING INTO THE UNKNOWN
Creating a documentary film is inherently a journey into the unknown and any number of reasons including political, interpersonal, financial and even climatic can delay or prevent project realization. However, with that said, our team has a strong track record of project sucess and is extremely determined to the realization of this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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