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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.
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I hope you are enjoying your day and having a good summer! I'm writing to give you a final update on the Force of Stillness: Embodying Meditation in Creative Practice kickstarter campaign. To give a quick recap- this will be the first festival of Buddhist experimental film and performance- a groundbreaking coming-together of artists who are making work which is supported by meditative awareness! 

The festival will consist of screenings, performances, and a panel discussion. It's going to be an amazing event! First of all- we are almost there!!!! With 20 hours left of the campaign- we only have to raise $1596 more to reach the funding goal of $10,000- and I think it's possible!!! So far this campaign has raised $8404 with 164 people coming together to back this project. 

Please consider joining these 164 people to become a backer in the next 20 hours- if I make the funding goal, I get the funding. If I don't then I don't receive any of it- so every amount helps towards the goal- even $1! On another note, many of the backers are people who I don't know- proving the effectiveness of "going viral." So if you can't contribute financially, and even if you can, please consider tweeting, posting, emailing, or calling people you know who you think might be interested to spread the word far and wide! 

Take care and hope to see you at the festival on Nov 4th and 5th at the Rubin Museum of Art, 


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Hi there! 

I sent many of you a message the other day about my new groundbreaking project- FORCE OF STILLNESS: Embodying Meditation in Creative Practice- the first ever festival of Buddhist experimental film and performance which will be at the Rubin Museum of Art on Nov 4th and 5th!

There are THREE DAYS LEFT of the kickstarter campaign for this project- please consider making a contribution to this project and/or spreading the word! I fully believe I can meet my funding goal but I need your support!

So far we've raised $6532 with 125 wonderful backers- and we need to make the goal of $10,000 in the next three days! 

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Have a great day and take care,


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