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A psychological thriller in a mysterious Himalayan village, involving a young Tibetan warrior's search for his father's missing body.
A psychological thriller in a mysterious Himalayan village, involving a young Tibetan warrior's search for his father's missing body.
72 backers pledged $30,344 to help bring this project to life.

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THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY: When I was ten, my father and I walked across the Himalayas to exile in India. In order to take my mind off the dangers that lurked beneath each step of the formidable Himalayan passes, my father told me a story so terrifying and riveting that it haunts me to this day!  Mystic Mountain is the story, it is also the rope that held me to life and helped me cross the Himalayas as a child.

THE STORY: Mystic Mountain is a psychological thriller that takes place in a village tucked in the folds of the Himalayas. Tsewang, a young Tibetan warrior, is searching for his father's dead body, which had disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Through his search, he finds himself entangled with Mikmar, a man who practices black magic and who can direct his consciousness into other bodies. 

THE PROJECT: I've spent over two years working on this project, and this past summer I finished shooting it in Mustang, a kingdom situated on the Tibet-Nepal border. Now the project is in post-production. We plan to complete the movie by fall 2014. I'm seeking your support in funding the post-production stage of this film.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER: I am Tsering Dhondup, writer and director of Mystic Mountain. I was born in Lhasa, Tibet, and fled to India with my father when I was ten years old. When we reached India, my father entrusted me to Tibetan Children's Village in Dharamsala, India, and he returned to Tibet. I currently live in the US as a translator of Buddhist teachings in San Jose, CA.

Still from the production.
Still from the production.

Why I am making this film: I'm making this film in order to help preserve the Tibetan language and enrich Tibetan oral storytelling by telling this story on the big screen. I selected an entire cast of Tibetan actors, and ensured that the Tibetan language spoken in the film achieved dialectic authenticity. Language is the foundation of culture, and for me this movie is a vehicle for keeping the Tibetan language alive among the Tibetan people in diaspora.

A moment of levity during the shoot
A moment of levity during the shoot
Cast and crew getting ready for the next location.
Cast and crew getting ready for the next location.
Successful end of the shoot.
Successful end of the shoot.

Please watch the trailer and consider helping our Kickstarter campaign to gather supporters and raise funds to bring this movie to life. The more help we get now, the faster we can finish it. Every dollar you give will bring the dream closer to reality. As we say in Tibetan, "when you put a drop of water in the ocean, as long as the ocean remains, so does your drop of water.”

In the editing room.
In the editing room.

How Do I Pledge: Just click the green “Back This Project” button on the upper right-hand corner. You will be asked to input your pledge amount and select a reward. From there, you will go through the Amazon checkout process. You must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded. 
Please help spread the word by telling your friends, family and social networks about our film and our Kickstarter campaign. Send the URL of this page with your kind recommendation to everyone you know! "Like" and Share the link on Facebook, Twitter and Blog about this film. Your support will help us bring this meaningful story to life.

Thank you.

(Key art photo by: Frank Paul Perez Copyright 2013) 

Risks and challenges

We've just completed the shoot in the hardest conditions in the mountains of Mustang, Nepal over a period of two months. We are now ready to start editing/post-production but monetary shortages are a big challenge. Through this campaign on kickstarter, and with the support of backers, we plan to complete the film by summer 2014. We are also working on other ways to raise money for the project and to be able to complete the film somehow.

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    Thank you for your support! Every dollar counts! Your name will be listed on the film website under FRIENDS of Tsering Dhondup.

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