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Is Enlightenment a 21st century option? An up-close look at the complex collaboration of Tibetan Buddhism and Western culture.
Is Enlightenment a 21st century option? An up-close look at the complex collaboration of Tibetan Buddhism and Western culture.
481 backers pledged $32,018 to help bring this project to life.

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West Coast Premiere of IRON BIRD!

Dear Backers,

I wanted to be sure that all of you living in the Bay Area are aware of the screening in one week's time in San Rafael. March 1 at 7 PM, WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES is the opening night film for this year's International Buddhist Film Festival Showcase. Tickets are on sale at the Rafael Film Center website -

Just a week later, the film will be showing at the Byron Bay International Film Festival in Australia! So, its getting around. And all this month it is the Tricycle Film Club selection.

To read all the news about the film and to see all the screenings, please visit our website at



Happy New Year and Last Call!

Dear Backers,

Well, its been a long, sometimes challenging, often wonderful year for us at Chariot. With your help, WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES was finished and launched into the world!

The response has been phenomenal. Here are some of the reactions from the teachers who participated in the film ( either in front of the camera or behind the scenes) :

" This film is a rare combination of entertaining and enlightening..." Anam Thubten"

This is an important documentary.. " Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

" The movie gets the subtle suffering of modern western culture perfectly.." Tsoknyi Rinpoche

" A riveting, poignant and beautiful window into the flowering of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. Please watch and listen--it touches the place in us that longs to realize truth and live from our awakened heart." Tara Brach

"Congratulations on a very meaningful and powerful film" Reggie Ray

"I love the film. Very easy and deep" Barbara Dilley

"A beautiful and heartfelt pledge of allegiance to the Buddha's lineage of wakefulness." Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel

The film has been seen at the Rubin Museum in NYC throughout the fall and is now branching out with upcoming screenings in Boulder,  Rosendale, NY, Capetown and San Rafael.

We are organizing tours in Australia and South Africa for later this year. Go to our website to be updated on screenings as they are scheduled so you won't miss the film when it comes to a theater near you!

In February a shortened version of the film will be aired on the Buddhist Broadcasting Channel in Holland.

Beginning in January, we will no longer be distributing DVDs in the US and Canada. We are signing distribution rights over to Alive Mind - a division of Kino Lorber and they will release the DVD with extras later in the year after a substantial theatrical and educational run.

Which brings me to our LAST CALL message. Its been a couple of months since we asked for everyone's mailing addresses and in November we shipped all the rewards. After January 1st we will no longer be able to ship Kickstarter rewards... SO, if you still want your DVD, you have this coming week to let us know your mailing address. After that.... we're very sorry, but we won't be able to accomodate any more requests.

We can't thank you all enough for your belief in the project and your support of the work.. you know we couldn't have done it without you. 

With all our love and gratitude,

Victress & Amber

Your DVD, your thoughts, your screenings!

Hi there,

The first shipment of 100 DVDs were shipped today first class. We have held off shipping to the East Coast until things have settled down from the storm. We plan on mailing them on Friday. We are also holding overseas shipments for a few days so they don't get delayed.

Over the next week, we will continue to ship rewards so by early next week we will have shipped to everyone who sent us their address.

The DVDs you are receiving are for home use only; they are not for public screenings. Please let us know if you are interested in partnering with us to show the film in your community. We are definitely interested in talking with you! We have heard from people in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Australia, Santa Fe, Alabama, San Francisco.... to name just a few. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

With warm regards,

Victress and Amber

DVDs are here!

Hello to everyone,

The WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES DVDs arrived yesterday via UPS from the duplicators. They look great!

This afternoon we are having an envelope stuffing party.  350 rewards.... DVDs, prayer flags, posters, CDs.. will be put into envelopes and addressed. And Monday we will start shipping.

So, look for your DVD to arrive by USPS in the next week ( or two if you are overseas).

The response to IRON BIRD has been amazing. I attended all 4 screenings during its first weekend at the Rubin Museum in NY and heard so many wonderful comments. Anam Thubten joined us at the Premiere on Friday and said: "This film is fantastic! It is a rare combination of entertaining and enlightening."

Without you, we wouldn't have been able to finish the film. I would like to offer you all one more opportunity to practice your wonderful generosity. If you would like to contribute a little something towards shipping costs, we would be most grateful. You can add to the pot on our website:

Thank you all. We look forward to hearing from you when you have seen the movie.

With love,


DVD will ship in two weeks!

Hello Faithful Backers, 

We are two weeks away from shipping DVDs, prayer flags and poster rewards! Thank you for your patience.

While you are waiting, please enjoy our new trailer -

If you would like to order a DVD for a friend, we have a Pre-release Special on our website:  - You can also check out a  list of upcoming screenings on the website.

I am just about to get on a plane to Amsterdam for the very first film festival screening  this Sunday of WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES!

With gratitude,

Victress ( and Amber who is back in Nepal)