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THE DALAI LAMA FILM is a feature-length documentary in production, about the current incarnation of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
THE DALAI LAMA FILM is a feature-length documentary in production, about the current incarnation of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
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We are so eternally GRATEFUL to you all for helping us reach our funding goal!  You are now part of something historic that we've collaborated on together.  

But the community building doesn't stop here.  Let's keep going as the more people we reach the wider the Dalai Lama's message will be spread.  

THE DALAI LAMA FILM is an intimate portrait of His Holiness as he approaches 80. It explores what he wants to accomplish with the rest of his current incarnation, and who will he reincarnate as the 15th Dalai Lama. He stated that this movie is part of his “Spiritual Will.”

“When people want to know, ‘Who was the previous Dalai Lama?’ they will look to these movies.” HH the Dalai Lama

In THE DALAI LAMA FILM His Holiness reveals his thoughts and feelings about reincarnating as the 15th Dalai Lama and shares his wisdom about how to keep a tranquil mind while facing the challenges of aging and death. It also addresses his current focus on science, Buddhism and interfaith dialogue.

23 years after making the ground-breaking film: COMPASSION in EXILE: The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama, award winning filmmaker, Mickey Lemle (RAM DASS FIERCE GRACE; THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOON; OUR PLANET EARTH; HASTEN SLOWLY: The Journey of Sir Laurens van der Post) is working closely with HH the Dalai Lama to create this important, timely film. Their 30-year relationship, allows for an un-paralleled, intimate portrait.

"My true religion is Kindness." - HH the Dalai Lama

You can help make this film a reality by contributing at a level where you are most comfortable. Then please spread the word across the internet and in the real world about THE DALAI LAMA FILM.

“If scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims.” - HH the Dalai Lama

Making a film is expensive. We want to make the best one possible, and with your support we will. With the $54,000 we raise here, we will be able to finish production on THE DALAI LAMA FILM.  This includes another shoot with His Holiness; Desmond Tutu, and a few other friends of His Holiness’s from other spiritual traditions; the story of the kidnapping of Panchen Lama as a harbinger of what could happen with the 15th Dalai Lama; author Danny Goleman, (Emotional Intelligence); Richard Gere; Robert Thurman; Philip Glass.

 That would be most helpful, because while the $54,000 gets us through the principle photography, we still need to raise more in order to complete the film.

$150,000 - Would get us through the editing process.

$350,000 - Would allow us to finish the film, including music, film, and photograph rights, sound editing and mixing, on-line color correcting, and creating the masters.

$450,000 - Would allow us to finish the film and promote it for a year with strong outreach.   

 Donations on Kickstarter are not tax deductible and you can't give more than $10,000.  You can make a larger or tax-deductible donation through our 501(c)(3) fiscal agent, Film Odyssey.  Please contact us at lemlepix@att.net and we'd be very happy to help you out with that.  

“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.” HH the Dalai Lama. 

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Prime seating for two to attend His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teaching in NYC
Prime seating for two to attend His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teaching in NYC
Prayer flags in Dharamsala, India
Prayer flags in Dharamsala, India
Mala (Buddhist rosary) from Dharamsala, India.
Mala (Buddhist rosary) from Dharamsala, India.
Prayer Wheels at Ramoche Monastery, Lhasa, Tibet  1994. Signed by noted photographer, Kevin Bubriski.
Prayer Wheels at Ramoche Monastery, Lhasa, Tibet 1994. Signed by noted photographer, Kevin Bubriski.
Original signed posters from RAM DASS  FIERCE GRACE
Original signed posters from RAM DASS FIERCE GRACE
DVDs from Lemle Pictures.
DVDs from Lemle Pictures.
Attend the annual Tibet Fund Gala.
Attend the annual Tibet Fund Gala.
PERSONAL LIFESTYLE CONSULTATION WITH DEAN ORNISH, MD.
PERSONAL LIFESTYLE CONSULTATION WITH DEAN ORNISH, MD.
Signed Clothbound edition of NEPAL 1975-2011 by Kevin Bubriski
Signed Clothbound edition of NEPAL 1975-2011 by Kevin Bubriski
Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama signed by author, Daniel Goleman
Destructive Emotions: A Scientific Dialogue with the Dalai Lama signed by author, Daniel Goleman
RAW INTERVIEW FOOTAGE FROM THE DALAI LAMA FILM. You will be able to stream the entire multi-hour interviews with His Holiness that were conducted for THE DALAI LAMA FILM.
RAW INTERVIEW FOOTAGE FROM THE DALAI LAMA FILM. You will be able to stream the entire multi-hour interviews with His Holiness that were conducted for THE DALAI LAMA FILM.
Original signed posters from COMPASSION IN EXILE: They Story of the 14th Dalai Lama
Original signed posters from COMPASSION IN EXILE: They Story of the 14th Dalai Lama
Ecstatic Chant Weekend at Omega Institute
Ecstatic Chant Weekend at Omega Institute
IN EXILE FROM THE LAND OF SNOWS - Hardcover 1st edition, signed by John Avedon
IN EXILE FROM THE LAND OF SNOWS - Hardcover 1st edition, signed by John Avedon
TIBET: An Inner Journey by Matthieu Ricard with signed card
TIBET: An Inner Journey by Matthieu Ricard with signed card
CULTIVATING FOCUS: Techniques for Excellence with Daniel Goleman (CD)
CULTIVATING FOCUS: Techniques for Excellence with Daniel Goleman (CD)
RELAX: 6 Techniques to Lower Your Stress with Daniel Goleman (CD)
RELAX: 6 Techniques to Lower Your Stress with Daniel Goleman (CD)
Signed copy of HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA BOOK by Don Farber.
Signed copy of HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA BOOK by Don Farber.
Books by Dr. Mark Epstein
Books by Dr. Mark Epstein
Buddhist Film Foundation Collection
Buddhist Film Foundation Collection
Zeitgeist Films Collection
Zeitgeist Films Collection

Risks and challenges

Anything can happen when making a documentary film and it can be a risky endeavor. Every socially conscious documentary that gets made is a miracle. Producer/Director Mickey Lemle has a 40-year track record making feature films, television series, and documentary specials. On July 6, 2015 His Holiness the Dalai Lama turns 80. This is the time to capture his thinking and reflections in this movie that he calls part of his “spiritual will” and because of that, this movie has to be made now.

We now have substantial material to approach institutional funders, such as public and private foundations, and foreign and domestic distribution and broadcast arrangements.

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    WEEKEND WITH KRISHNA DAS AT THE GARRISON INSTITUTE.
    Join Krishna Das for a weekend retreat of chanting and devotional practice at the beautiful and nurturing Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY (March 13 – 15, 2015). This is a rare opportunity to study with the artist of best-selling chant CDs Pilgrim Heart and Heart as Wide as the World, and author of Chants of a Lifetime. (For 2 people, double occupancy. Travel to Garrison, NY not included.)

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    SKYPE SESSION WITH RAM DASS.
    You can have a personal Skype session with Ram Dass from his home in Hawaii (20 mins). This is a rare opportunity to ask the deepest question in your heart of one of the true wise men of our time. Just figuring out what “The deepest question in your heart” is, starts you on an amazing journey even before you Skype with Ram Dass.

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    PERSONAL LIFESTYLE CONSULTATION WITH DEAN ORNISH, MD. For over 35 years, Dr. Dean Ornish’s series of scientific research studies have been empowering the way millions of people think about the simple lifestyle choices they make each day in dynamic relation to their health & wellbeing. From being a revolutionary thought leader, a powerful professor, a beloved author and respected advisor to some of the worlds most powerful leaders, Dr. Dean Ornish is resoundingly recognized as a leader in health, healthcare and medicine. This is a VERY RARE opportunity as he does not see private patients.

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    SIGNED ORIGINAL PRINT PHOTOGRAPH BY KEVIN BUBRISKI.
    Gorgeous original B & W image of "Prayer Wheels at Ramoche Monastery," Lhasa, Tibet 1994. The image will be 20 X 30 on paper 24 X 36. Signed by noted photographer, Kevin Bubriski.

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    ECSTATIC CHANT WEEKEND AT OMEGA INSTITUTE. (August 29-Septmber 1) Two passes to the annual Ecstatic Chant retreat, one of the most popular events at Omega. A remarkable opportunity to experience some of the Western world’s leading devotional singers, this inspiring weekend nourishes the soul with a rich tradition of musical prayer and meditation. Performers include: Deva Premal & Miten, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Gaura Vani, The Mayapuris, David Newman (Durga Das), Vishal Vaid, C.C. White, The Fanna-Fi-Allah Sufi Qawwali Party, Manose, Steve Gorn, Daniel Paul, Radhanath Swami, and Ram Dass (live via streaming video). Room, board, and transportation are not included.

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    INTERN AT LEMLE PICTURES.
    Come and intern at Lemle Pictures for a week during the production of THE DALAI LAMA FILM. A very rare opportunity to work on an important documentary project. (NYC only - between Sept 2014 and June 2015)

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    2 TICKETS TO THE PREMIERE OF THE DALAI LAMA FILM.
    You will receive, 2 VIP tickets to the GALA NYC PREMIERE of THE DALAI LAMA FILM. PLUS, a two sets of prayer flags and malas of 108 beads, both from Dharamsala, India.

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    WEEKEND WITH SHARON SALZBERG AND KRISHNA DAS.
    (Nov 6-9, 2014) A weekend package for TWO at Menla Mountain Retreat Center (Phoenicia, New York). Power of a Loving Heart Retreat with Sharon Salzberg and Krishna Das. Accomdations are 1 room - double occupancy). (transportation not included.)

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    ATTEND THE ANNUAL TIBET FUND GALA.
    Join Mickey Lemle, Chairman of the Board of The Tibet Fund, who invites you to join him at the annual Tibet Fund Gala. Chef Eric Ripert (Le Bernadin) and four other celebrity chefs prepare an exquisite dinner at Le Bernadin Privé (NYC) on October 30, 2014. Invitation for TWO.

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    ATTEND HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA'S TEACHING.
    Prime seating for TWO at HH the Dalai Lama's teaching on Wisdom and Commpassion at the Beacon Theatre (NYC) on November 3-4, 2014. Plus, two sets of prayer flags and malas from Dharamsala, India. (Travel to NYC not included.)

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    THE MANDALA CIRCLE. 4 VIP TICKETS TO THE NYC GALA PREMIERE OF THE DALAI LAMA FILM. You'll also get a DVD of THE DALAI LAMA FILM, signed by Mickey Lemle (when the film is released in late 2015). Plus a complete collection of the entire Lemle Pictures DVD collection. In addition, you'll receive a first editon copy of A Force for Good, by Daniel Goleman and His Holiness, signed by author Daniel Goleman. This book will be released for His Holiness's 80th birthday (July 2015). Lastly, you will be able to stream the entire multi-hour interviews with His Holiness that were conducted for THE DALAI LAMA FILM, after the film is released.

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    PRIVATE SCREENING of THE DALAI LAMA FILM.
    Have a private screening with Mickey Lemle of THE DALAI LAMA FILM. PLUS, your name is included in the final credits of all versions of the film. PLUS, five sets of prayer flags and malas of 108 beads, from Dharamsala, India. (Outside of NYC transportation must be provided.)

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    PHILIP GLASS SHEET MUSIC.
    Approximately the first 20 bars of hand written sheet music from "Mad Rush" signed by Philip Glass. This piece was composed in 1979 to commemorate the His Holiness's first visit to the U.S. PLUS, your name is included in the final credits of all versions of the film.

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    TRADITIONAL TIBETAN DINNER AND PRIVATE SCREENING OF THE DALAI LAMA FILM AT MICKEY LEMLE'S HOME.
    Enjoy a delcious dinner of traditional Tibetan fare and then enjoy a private screening for up to 6 people at director, Mickey Lemle's home in NYC. PLUS, your name is included in the final credits of all versions of the film.

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