A JOURNEY TO MOTHER INDIA, a new documentary film project by Goodluck Productions, that is very dear to our heart and that we are raising support for now!
A JOURNEY TO MOTHER INDIA: THE DOCUMENTARY
"Yoga is a journey of awakening to bliss in our daily lives. In Sanskrit, the word "ananda" means "bliss" and is a term often used in our yoga practice. As our hearts and consciousness expand, we open ourselves to experience the beauty that exists around us and within us."
The powerful effects yoga has had on humanity on a global level is amazing. It truly has the potential to heal humanity and mother earth on a profound level through its ancient wisdom. The path of Bhakti yoga, the path of love and devotion, and the journey to its roots in India, is an uplifting and inspirational story that I feel needs to be told.
This October, Govind Das of Bhakti Yoga Shala will lead a group of yogis to Rishikesh, India- the gateway to the Himalayas and International capital of yoga and spiritual center that has attracted yogis for millinnia... To go deeper in yoga practice each day, sing kirtan, visit holy temples, do puja (prayer), sit with sadhus (holy men), meditate, chant at the banks of the holy river Ganga, and experience sat sang (community of like minded people).
I am deeply excited about this dream to document our exciting trek to India in this adventurous and heartfelt documentary A JOURNEY TO MOTHER INDIA, to give you something truly moving! The film will seek to capture a candid and beautiful experience and to discover and more deeply understand the motherland of yoga. My loving husband, Nate will come with me and be my first mate, as camera and sound assistant. We will be bringing two cameras and sound equipment to create something impactful, that we also hope to be festival-worthy.
I love to film by capturing the moment, and being in the flow. I love to go all around with my camera and document WHATEVER IS UNFOLDING in that moment. The STORY really begins in the editing suite as I start going through all of the footage.
Editing is an alchemical process. Rather than controlling the process, I am more of a vessel that starts intuitively weaving together the story that wants to be told. Like a potter at the wheel, the clay begins to take shape in that moment. Documentary filmmaking is truly a magical process and unveiling the story is such a rewarding thing for me.
Ever since I began practicing yoga regularly, and experiencing the beautiful fruits of such a practice, I have been curious about where the roots of such a healing practice live... India.
A few years ago while living in LA a friend introduced me to Bhakti Yoga Shala, the only Bhakti studio in LA. I was immediately swept away by the truly caring and welcoming community I found there. Bhakti Yoga Shala owner, teacher and dear friend, Govind Das, truly inspired me to deepen my own practice, to encompass a very open, tender heart. Govind Das truly represents the Bhakti way, and inspires so many to show up with an open, loving heart and follow the path of love, devotion, service, truth and gratitude. It was at Bhakti Yoga Shala, where I felt I had come home.
In 2012 I was blessed with the opportunity to document Bhakti Yoga Shala's teacher training program in a short film called “A Journey of The Heart.” The community (or satsang) that was built was incredible. We practiced yoga, chanted, sang, ate, studied, played and meditated together for two straight months. We grew and bonded deeply, because we were all on this path to bring transformation and healing within ourselves and share that with others.
One of the books we read was "The Journey Home" by Radhanath Swami. It is his journey to India as a young man and everything he went through to find his true path. This book stirred something in my heart and it hit me on a deep level. 'I must travel to India,' a voice that couldn't be silenced kept saying. That distant yet strong calling to discover, explore and truly embrace the origins of my yoga practice and find a deeper understanding keeps growing.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
The goal we are pledging for this film project is a minimum of $4,000. We have raised a $2750 of our own money to help pay for travel and boarding costs but we still need additional money to make this film happen! The funds from Kickstarter will go toward the documentary production and post production expenses. From concept to filming and editing. Here is where your hard-earned money will go:
✦Additional equipment rentals (camera lenses, camera rigging, etc.) and materials (tape stock, batteries, etc.)
✦Travel and boarding in Rishikesh, India
✦Cost for travel visas
✦Costs for fulfilling rewards (DVD copying, DVD cover art prints, shipping, post cards, stamps, prayer beads, photo book printing, private screening, etc.)
✦Kickstarter and Amazon Payment Fees (takes around 9-10% of funds raised)
Please contribute and support this project. No contribution is too small! Spreading the word makes all the difference to a Kickstarter campaign. As many of you know, Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform, meaning if we don’t reach our funding goal by the deadline, we don’t raise ANY funds. Your sharing of this project is truly appreciated!
"Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thank you from our heart... Big Love and Blessings!
Cassie and Nate Goodluck-Johnson
Goodluck Productions ©
Risks and challenges
My years of filmmaking experience and passion for this subject matter go wide and deep. I've assembled a dedicated and skilled team. If unforeseen challenges come up (which they usually do when making a film), I feel confident that my team will rise to the challenge.
Kickstarter is an all or nothing platform. If we don’t raise our goal of $4,000 we receive no funds. Many thanks for your contributions. Again, no amount is too small and we appreciate your support for THE JOURNEY TO MOTHER INDIA in whatever form it takes.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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