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A mind-bending documentary that could redefine how we see and treat our hearts. And maybe even ourselves, each other and this planet.
Your heart is not what you think it is.A film about human life, from before birth to beyond death, exploring why we have a heart.
Your heart is not what you think it is.A film about human life, from before birth to beyond death, exploring why we have a heart.
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YOU MADE US REACH OUR FUNDING GOAL FOR THE FILMING! Every additional budget we raise will help us to visualize the interactions of our heart with ourselves, each other and this planet in ways no one has ever seen before!

A small group of acclaimed scientists and doctors disprove the century-old idea we all take for granted: that our heart is a pump. Instead, they found that it stops the blood flow, creates vortices and sends more information to the brain than vice versa. Our emotions, broadcast via our hearts throughout our bodies and far beyond, influence our brains capacity to be creative and solve problems. Last but not least it synchronizes us to the ‘heartbeat’ of our beautiful planet earth. The planet that many cultures deem to be a living, intelligent being.

Could it be that not with our brilliant brains, even enhanced with artificial intelligence, but rather with our hearts we will find solutions to the heart-breaking health, social and other problems we are facing worldwide?

In this film, we explore our human life from before the first heartbeat to beyond the last heartbeat. We weave together studies from cutting-edge science, the wisdom of a Sufi master, an ancient myth about our planet and intimate personal experiences from people of all walks of life, to show you why this mysterious pulsing organ is the key to all we ever longed for.

Created by a team of filmmakers who have worked on Oscar nominated and Sundance winning films, Dawn of Hearts is a poetic science documentary that will forever change the way you see your heart, yourself and life.

There are only two things that could prevent us from having paradise on this planet. Our belief that more mind and technology is what we need. And our conditioning to ignore most of what we feel, meaning what our heart tells us.

THE GROUND-BREAKING STORY

Pulsing impressions of life, maybe memories, maybe a life to come ... holding hands, a gentle kiss, giving birth, the first steps in life, tears of heartbreak, looking to the stars, war and destruction, growing old, entering a hospital … impressions dancing to the eternal rhythms of our hearts.

We begin our journey where sadly to many of us end up. In a hospital waiting for her heart surgery an elderly woman tells us how she feels. Asking the surgeon about the role our heart has the answer is what we all expected: Our heart is a pump.

But as we visit Li, the young Ph.D. student and film his last experiment we become witness of an unbelievable scenery; blood moves without a heart pumping it. He is investigating the effect that infrared light has on the blood flow.

Prof. Pollack, Li’s mentor and the world’s leading water expert, has published a ground-breaking book on water that helps explain this mind-boggling observation. 

He shares the tentative conclusions from their research with us "It is astonishing to think that it's not just your heart that's driving everything but it could be also light energy."

A century ago Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture and anthroposophical medicine made a provocative statement. For humanity to evolve three 'things' need to happen. One of them is that we have to realize that our heart is not a pump.

His teachers sometimes called him Doubting Thomas because he had such a hard time accepting authority figures. Especially if the answer to “Why?” was “Because someone said so.” Nearly 40 years ago, in his early twenties, Thomas Cowan, a medical doctor from San Francisco stumbled upon Steiner’s work. He did not understand it at first, but today he can explain in easy to understand concepts how our heart works and what it’s real purpose is. 

As we continue to paint an new portrait of this pulsing mystery in our chest, we visit the renowned Institute of Heartmath. Dr. McCraty has spearheaded cutting-edge studies that were published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. 

His mind-bending research shows that our hearts energetic field is many times stronger than that of our brains. A mother’s brainwave can synchronize to the baby’s heartbeat. Our heart has it’s own memory and sends more information to our brain than vice versa. Uplifting emotions help our brain to solve problems, be more creative and make good decisions. Via our heart we can access information beyond the confines of time and space and last but not least his studies show that we are truly connected. To each other and this planet, via our hearts.

But the scientific approach to investigating reality is just one path. Using your own consciousness to explore the nature of existence is another. “As the heart begins to awaken, we begin to experience that this whole life is animate. Nothing is random, nothing is purely accidental. Everything is part of our own, if I may say so, individually designed curriculum of the heart.”

Kabir Helminksi, a Suf master and Rumi translator who has vast personal experience of the mystical dimensions of the life explains how our heart is the instrument that connects us to an aspect of reality that our minds cannot access.

While these subject matter experts paint a picture of our hearts that will redefine how we see and treat our hearts we believe that we are all important puzzle pieces of this breath-taking and challenging mystery called existence. And so we’ll talk to people from all walks of life, a young couple in love, fresh parents, kids in school and a sweet older couple to discover the magic of our hearts.

 

WHY WE NEED TO MAKE THIS MOVIE

I share a wish with everyone that I met throughout my life: To live in a world where we all live in a peaceful, healthy environment and have a fulfilled life. But this is far from the world we have today … Many people today believe that if we invent and use more technologies we’ll soon have the live we all long for. Yet despite ever increasing technification, seemingly more and more people struggle with war, poverty, loneliness, chronic disease, and other heart-breaking situations.

We believe that we humans are able to solve all of our current problems and create the world we long for. And based on the research, discoveries, and anecdotal evidence we will show you in this film we suggest that this starts by realizing the true purpose and potential of our hearts.

But we might not have much time left. Some of the most notable thinkers of our times are concerned that artificial intelligence might be our last invention, meaning the end of humanity as we know it. What will happen with us once we start modifying our brains with technology? Maybe now is our last chance to find the real purpose of our hearts before we are convinced that evolution means becoming AI augmented humachines.

LET'S IGNITE OUR FULL POTENTIAL 

We hope to inspire teachers worldwide to change our educational system, which is nearly exclusively focused on training our minds, to equally facilitate the full potential of their student's hearts.

Towards that goal, we offer all high schools around the world in low GDP countries FREE streamings/downloads of this documentary for classroom screenings.

If you like our vision and mission, please share it with those people who you think might like it too!

 

     

 

Your pledge is tax-deductible. This documentary is a fiscally sponsored project of the The Film Collaborative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. In accordance with IRS regulations, The Film Collaborative issues tax receipts for all donations of $250 and over. Kickstarter will take their fee and the credit card processing fee out before The Film Collaborative receives the funds. The Film Collaborative issues tax receipts on the amount they receive.

 

YOU ARE INVITED

This is the story of our hearts and without your input we are missing an important puzzle piece. If you like our vision we invite you to sign up as a VIP (Very Inspiring Person) crew member, even if you don't financially support this campaign. You will have access to confidential behind the scenes material. And you can be involved in the decision making process for many elements of this film!

 

Here are some very early drafts for potential movie posters. Which one is your favorite so far? Want to submit your idea for a poster? We'd love to see it! Become a crew member and you can upload it. 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

At age 13 I was determined to become a theoretical physicist. Back then it seemed to be the only way I could discover and understand the deepest mysteries of life. Then I realized that in order to understand life completely I would have to study it all. From math and music to physics to psychology and everything else. It was hopeless to ever discover the secrets of life. Feeling disconnected from life and depressed I fell into a deep darkness. It took me many years to find my path to not just cope with all the unpleasant emotions, but to end up living my life like I would have never dreamt before. No, life is not easy and without pain, but most of the time it is an incredible magic gift that I can experience, primarily through my heart.

This is my debut as a filmmaker. Throughout diverse careers, I gained creative skills (12+ years as a sound designer in the German movie industry), solid analytical (passed German naturopath exam) and business skills (3 years as a product manager with $1+ Mio./yr revenue responsibility). And I enjoy learning and improving my work with the feedback of others.

Over the last 23 years, I looked into various paradigms, always seeking a deeper understanding and experience of life. Since 14+ years my specific interest is emotion and the heart. In March 2017 I co-created the online event 'The Heart Revolution' presenting best-selling and award-winning speakers about the various aspects of our hearts.

Let’s have a Skype call if you have questions or want to get to know me before you support the production of this movie! Or if you want to get involved beyond this crowdfunding campaign.

 

CAN WE PRODUCE THIS MOVIE?

The team of Dawn of Hearts consists of professionals that have been involved in the production of Oscar nominated and Sundance winning films. Additionally we are excited to being supported by Sundance's Creative Distribution Initiative and honored to be featured on their curated Kickstarter page.

We are well prepared to finish filming until March and start the post-production in April to deliver your Kickstarter special edition by May/June 2018.

With your support the world will see this movie in Summer 2018 and discover the truth about their hearts.

 MEET THE FILMMAKERS

Benedikt Just - Writer & Director - has worked as a sound designer and supervisor in the German movie industry for over 12 years. During that time he worked on award-winning documentaries and films as well as one major Hollywood production. For the movie Underworld, he was part of the team that got a Golden Reel Award nomination for best sound design. This is his debut as a writer/director.

Daniel B. Gold - Director of Photography - Has over 20 years of cinematography experience in feature documentaries including working with Oscar winning directors. His movies Blue Vinyl and Everything's Cool, where he directed and filmed were both nominated for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. He won the Sundance Cinematography Award in 2002 for Blue Vinyl. Passionate about the art of film he also taught classes in digital cinematography and visual literacy. In July 2017 Netflix is showing the 4 part documentary 'Daughters of Destiny', where he was DP and consulting producer.

Alexandra Wedenig - Editor - Alexandra is an award winning filmmaker and professional editor with more than a decade of experience. Her feature film ‘Reflection of Maya Rose’ is has won awards at festivals on multiple continents. Her background involves studying directing at the Vienna film school and she runs her own production company where she writes, directs, produces and edits short films that are screened at festivals around the world.

Tobias N. Siebert - Producer - Tobias studied Production and Media Economics at the Munich State Academy for Film and Television from which he graduated with honors. Tobias is partner of BASIS BERLIN Postproduktion and CEO & Producer of BASIS BERLIN Filmproduktion. For THE STORY OF THE WEEPING CAMEL, he received an Oscar Nomination for Best Documentary. The film sold in more than 60 countries. Tobias N. Siebert is a member of the German documentary alliance, the German Producers Association and a Documentary Campus and EAVE Alumni.

Thank You & Acknowledgements

We want to thank many people who made this campaign possible. So, in alphabetical order:
David M. Boussou for his wonderful creative commons footage
Jay Carpio for his wonderful creative commons footage
Liz Manashil, our mentor from the Sundance Creative Distribution Initiative
Lynnette Gryseels, our mentor from The Film Collaborative
Nadine & Daniel, for your constant emotional support 
Rufus Blackwell, for his generous offer to use his awesome mirror worlds footage
Tim Williams for his wonderful creative commons footage
Unsplash for their wonderful platform with the best photographers worldwide

Risks and challenges

Filmmaking is an art and not an exact science. Although we are well prepared and have the necessary skills to deliver a high quality film it may take us longer than anticipated.
The biggest risk is always to not have enough funds to finish the film. But here is the good news: This film is a heart-project for the filmmaker and it is not a question of will it get made, but only when will it be released. This is what I’m living for and it is just the beginning of more films that will explore the depths and mysteries of our hearts and life.
Plus we have great support from experts at The Film Collaborative and the Sundance Creative Distribution Initiative.

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