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Invisible Strings

A documentary that explores the Invisible Strings that connect us all in the web of life. Shot in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and more...

Invisible Strings

A documentary that explores the Invisible Strings that connect us all in the web of life. Shot in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and more...

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Last updated March 25, 2014

About

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We are Never Know Productions and over the past three years we’ve been working on the Invisible Strings Project, a movie that began as an ordinary trip and turned into a life-changing journey.

Delhi, India
Delhi, India

We went to India with the idea to make new friends, explore the foreign culture and learn as much as we could. Our intentions were to interview several people about their lives and hope to understand what makes us different from one another. Yet once we started filming, it turned out that we are not so different. In fact, we are all very much alike. 

Leh, India
Leh, India

And thus Invisible Strings was created. A documentary that explores the thin line between religion and society. What makes us who we are today? What unites us? What divide us? A documentary about people. About us. About you. 

We hope this documentary will show everyone that it doesn’t matter what color your skin is, what religion you believe in, what language you speak. All that matters is that you are part of this world and through unity you can accomplish things you’ve never dreamt of. 

Bodh Gaya, India
Bodh Gaya, India

We stayed in India for one month and shot as much as we could. From the crowded streets of Mumbai to the glorious temples of Bodh Gaya; from the jungles of West Bengal to the spiritual capital of India - Varanassi. We managed to get some amazing interviews including one from Dalai Lama himself. Yet, once post-production started, it became clear that what we had wasn’t enough to bring out our vision in its entirety. We wanted to go back. 

Varanasi, India
Varanasi, India

We managed to find some funding and went to Sri Lanka and Nepal. We traveled from the jungles of Nepal to some of the highest places in the world. We got more footage. We got more interviews. We got hope. Hope that we could bring this beautiful message of oneness and universal brotherhood to the world. 

Leh, India
Leh, India

With $20,000 dollars, we can finish the film and share it with you and the whole world. We can make this dream - a reality. 

Be a part of our movie. Of our vision. This movie is not just about you and I. It’s about every living being on our planet. 

It all started with a poster in front of a travel agency that said “Come to India”. And we did. Two twenty-year-old boys off to see the world. At first it was nothing more than an ordinary trip. That is until we met Dalai Lama himself. And everything changed. Forever.

Bodh Gaya, India
Bodh Gaya, India

We went to visit Bodh Gaya expecting nothing more but to wonder at the beauty of the temples. One of the biggest Buddhist festivals - Kalachakra was taking place and millions buddhists from all over the world were in Bodh Gaya at that time including H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama, who was leading the Kalachakra Initiation. We met a lot of monks, took several interviews and enjoyed the spiritual atmosphere. What we didn’t expect is the rare chance to not only meet but also take a private interview of H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama in his residence.

Right after we took H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama an interview. Vikas Khanna on the left, Antoni Krastev and Borislav Karamelski on the right.
Right after we took H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama an interview. Vikas Khanna on the left, Antoni Krastev and Borislav Karamelski on the right.

It’s hard to explain how it happened. A series of events that can easily be called “a coincidence” but that same “coincidence” marked the beginning of something special. We started to ask ourselves - how did we get here? Is it luck? Fate? Or everything is connected?

Borislav Karamelski and Antoni Krastev in Kathmandu, Nepal
Borislav Karamelski and Antoni Krastev in Kathmandu, Nepal

This three year journey made us look at the world differently. Made us realize that you and I are more alike than you think. That you and I could be friends. That you and I are one.

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka

Invisible Strings delves into the depths of what makes us who we are. Society? Religion? Family? Or are we born with an identity that is coded in our DNA and can never be changed? We believe that there isn’t one simple answer. Or even a right one for that matter. People are as much different as they are the same. But can identity survive without society? Can you be who you are without us?

West Bengal
West Bengal

What better place to explore all these questions but in the countries where some of the oldest civilizations came to be. Throughout our journey, you will meet people with different religions, social status, skin color. They will share their stories, their views, their beliefs. Help us understand who they are, where they're coming from and what they hope to accomplish. And maybe even help us find some piece of truth about ourselves. 

Today, Invisible Strings is more than just a film. It’s a message. A message to humanity. What started with two young boys wanting to visit India, turned out to be an adventure of a lifetime. More and more people are joining us. We are growing every day. You can be one of us.

The movie is 90% ready but we are still not there yet. $20,000 is the bare minimum that we need to finish our film. We need this money for post production. We started editing but we still need to do sound design and color correction. Also, these $20,000 will be used to hire a professional actor to do the voice-over and also allow us to work with a composer, who is interested in doing an original score for the documentary.   

If we manage to go over $20,000, we plan to expand our vision even further. We want to visit Turkey where we plan to capture the whirling dervishes and to take several interviews, so we could include the philosophy of Sufi Mystics and the wisdom of the poet Rumi. We also want to take interviews with some quantum-physics scientists who will bring a completely different perspective on the subject. We want to show that our idea goes beyond religion and society. It goes beyond science as well.

PVC prints from one of our exhibitions.
PVC prints from one of our exhibitions.

At first, it was just the two of us. Two young boys from Bulgaria who wanted to make movies. After out trip to India everything changed. We came back home and started Never Know Productions. Three years later, we have grown faster than we’ve ever anticipated and now our crew is based all over the world.

Our primary goal is to finish this movie and show it to all of you. We also make commercials, short movies and music videos. We hope to grow even more in the future and we believe that this documentary will be a great starting point.

Antoni Krastev and Borislav Karamelski - the two directors and cinematographers of Invisible Strings. Studied in SAE Institute Rotterdam and Hogeschool Utrecht in the Netherlands.
Antoni Krastev and Borislav Karamelski - the two directors and cinematographers of Invisible Strings. Studied in SAE Institute Rotterdam and Hogeschool Utrecht in the Netherlands.
The production manger and graphic designer of Invisible Strings. Graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design and currently working as a Graphic Designer in Washington, DC.
The production manger and graphic designer of Invisible Strings. Graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design and currently working as a Graphic Designer in Washington, DC.
The scriptwriter of Invisible Strings, Alexander Spassov. Graduated Dramaturgy in Chapman University, now he is the scriptwriter of the most famous Bulgarian TV series- "Undercover" - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1909015/
The scriptwriter of Invisible Strings, Alexander Spassov. Graduated Dramaturgy in Chapman University, now he is the scriptwriter of the most famous Bulgarian TV series- "Undercover" - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1909015/
On the left- the postproduction supervisor- Georgi Kerezov and on the right - the first assistant director- Hristo Hristov, both graduated film studies in the Netherlands.
On the left- the postproduction supervisor- Georgi Kerezov and on the right - the first assistant director- Hristo Hristov, both graduated film studies in the Netherlands.
He composed the music for several European movies. One of them is "The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner" which reached the Oscars’ Foreign Language Films’ Shortlist. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1178197/
He composed the music for several European movies. One of them is "The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner" which reached the Oscars’ Foreign Language Films’ Shortlist. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1178197/
 

Those are some of the people that we've taken interviews from. 

 - H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama - Spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and nobel peace prize winner. 

- Deepak Chopra - is author of more than 65 books, including numerous New York Times bestsellers.

- Dr. Vagish Shastri - teacher of Kundalini Yoga. One of the most popular gurus of Varanasi. 

- Sri Sri Ravi Shankar - spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation.

- Kamlesh Barwal - yoga teacher and lecturer.

- Dr Tondup Tsewang Chhopsa - president of the Ladakh Buddhist Association.

- Marc - A man from Luxembourg who decided to abandon the daily life and started a journey from south Portugal to India. He is not using any means of transportation different from walking. 

- Dinesh Pandey - Teacher from Kathmandu.

- Perica Georgiev - painter 

and more... 

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk we are facing if we don’t raise the money is delaying the premiere of the documentary since we will have to dedicate more time to finding sponsors.

For those who are new to kickstarter we want to clarify that it is all-or-nothing funding platform. This means that if we don’t reach 20 000 $, we won’t get any money.

Also, there’s a chance we might lose some of our initial funds since part of our agreement is to have the movie done by mid-2014. Despite all this, we are more than determined to finish the film and we will do all that is needed to get it done and ready for all of you to enjoy.

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