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“In Search of Merlin Stone” is a documentary film. It’s also a book. Documenting the life of Merlin Stone and other Goddess women. Read more

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“In Search of Merlin Stone” is a documentary film. It’s also a book. Documenting the life of Merlin Stone and other Goddess women.

Oakland, CA Documentary
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What is my film about? 

“In Search of Merlin Stone” is a documentary film. It’s also a book. 

“In the beginning… God was a woman. Do you remember?”  I can’t tell you how many women have told me, “When God was a Woman changed my life?!” Merlin Stone was a catalyst for global change (some might say radical change) in the way we think about religion and our feminine historical perspective to it.

In Search of Merlin Stone all started some five years ago. When I began my quest, I had no idea it would lead me to so many spiritual women. Ten years ago Merlin Stone, a very influential leader in women’s spirituality, suddenly disappeared. No one, not even her closest friends knew what happened to her. No one knew, until now!

I am making this documentary film about the significant events and contributions in the life and times of Merlin Stone and the other women who worked with her in the second wave of women’s spirituality. I have traveled all across the United States and to England to interview over 30 women who participated in the Women’s Spirituality Goddess Movement – including some very famous faces. The life and times of Merlin Stone was a momentous time in modern history – beckoning to a more ancient Goddess path. It’s a story that needs to be told and digitized for future generations.

Why is this film important?

Religious equality for women is far from a reality, especially women practicing Matriarchal religions. In order to move forward and truly have equality we must embrace our her-story. Rejecting the word "Goddess" holds us back from ourselves and the divinity of Nature. Hearing and seeing the stories of what Merlin Stone and these other women did when they advanced the Goddess Thealogy will change the way you view the world and your existence in it.

These women have a rich history full of dramatic stories, tough fights, and huge successes. In order to create equality for women in religion, we must honor the work done during the Women's Spirituality Movement.

So far, I’ve completed the start of this work with seed money gifted to this project by Merlin Stone’s family. They believe in this project. The cinematographers who shot the interviews did so for free. This film is a labor of love for all of us. We’d like you to show this film some love, and help us complete our project and its marketing.

Who is in the film?In my film I have interviews with Academy Award winning actress Olympia Dukakis, and feminist activists Gloria Steinem and Kate Millet. I also have interviews with Margo Adler, Selena Fox, Ruth Barrett, Starhawk and Susun Weed. My narrative voice comes from Zsuzsanna Budapest. Impact stories by Carol Christ, Karen Tate, Ava Carpenter, Lady Olivia Robertson, Vicki Noble and Kathy Jones. Personal stories of friendship by Leonard Schneir (Merlin’s life-partner), Linda Perry Barr, Donna Henes, and many more. This is just a sampling of the good folks in my film, and writing for the book.

How far along is the film?I am finalizing interviews, traveling to film and reviewing tape. Next comes the artistic talents of the editing process. In order to finish this film, I have to complete the following:

1.   Purchase any archival footage.

2.   Film all interviews.

3.   Film the Merlin Stone Benefit Memorial Service.

4.   Edit all the film to tell the story of Merlin and her spiritual sisters.

5.   Compose original music for the film.

6.   Title designs for the final text in the film. 

7.   Design the DVD jacket.

8.   Design the DVD disk face.

9.   Proof and publish it.

10. Market the DVD to a global audience.

What about the book?Images and writings are being gathered. Women are coming forward with their personal stories and detailing the impact that Merlin Stone had on their lives. Some of the writings will be unpublished works by Merlin Stone herself. There’s also a call for white papers detailing Merlin Stone’s impact on women’s spirituality. What doesn’t make it into the film, will make it into the book. In order to finish this book, I have to complete the following:

1.   Gather all the archived documents and scan them into text.

2.   Document the Merlin Stone Benefit Memorial Service.

3.   Write, line edit and then copy edit the materials.

4.   Design the book cover.

5.   Scan, digitize and restore old photos to print quality.

6.   Layout the book and begin the publishing process.

7.   Proof and publish it.

8.   Market the book to a global audience.

Can we exceed the goal amount?Yes. Please! YES! We’re asking the minimum to get funded. We really do need a lot more; and if more is raised, it will help cover travel expenses, equipment, plus producing and marketing the film both in the USA and internationally. The Women's Spirituality Movement is an inspiration to all women globally. Your donation makes all the difference!

Can I make a Tax Deductible contribution to the film?
Yes! The film is produced by the Women’s Spirituality Forum a 501©3 Non-profit.

http://womensspiritualityforum.zbudapest.com

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Merlin Stone on Facebook.

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    You get a big “Thank You” on Twitter for supporting the film, and now you are on the email list for all the updates!

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    You will receive a digital download of Z Budapest and the director talking about some of the interesting events in the filming of In Search of Merlin Stone, and the significance to women's spirituality movement. It could be a story about our first meeting Olympia Dukakis or sitting down with Gloria Steinem to discuss women’s spirituality. We have a lot of interesting stories. And, of course you are on the email list and you get a “Thank You on Twitter.

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    You get a DVD of the film. In addition to this, you get the emailed file of the director talking about some of the interesting events in the filming of In Search of Merlin Stone. You get a big “Thank You” on Twitter and your name on the website. You also get all the updates via email.

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    You get a reserved seat at the Merlin Stone Benefit Memorial in Clearwater, Florida on September 24, 2011, plus a meal afterwards. (Hotel and travel not included.) You get to mingle with all the honored guests and friends. You also get everything in the $25 dollar category.

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    This is a special category. You have a credit (your name) in the film under "Thank You to the Following Individuals." You get a DVD of the film. You get a “Thank You” on Twitter and you are on the email list for all updates.

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    This is a special category. You have a credit (your name) in the film under "Thank You to the Following Individuals." You get an autographed commemorative In Search of Merlin Stone postcard signed by Z Budapest. You also get everything in the $75 dollar category.

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    This is a special category. You get a closer to the action reserved seat at the Merlin Stone Benefit Memorial in Clearwater, Florida on September 24, 2011, plus a meal afterwards. (Hotel and travel not included.) You get to mingle with all the honored guests and friends. You have a credit (your name) in the film under "Thank You to the Following Individuals." You get an autographed commemorative In Search of Merlin Stone postcard signed by Z Budapest. You also get everything in the $75 dollar category.

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    You get a phone call from Z Budapest with a 30 minute Tarot reading. You get a “Thank You” on Twitter and you are on the email list for all updates. You have a credit (your name) in the film under "Thank You to the Following Individuals." You get a DVD of the film.

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    You get a phone call from Z Budapest with a 30 minute Tarot reading. You get a “Thank You” on Twitter and you are on the email list for all updates. You have a credit (your name) in the film under "Thank You to the Following Individuals." You get TWO closer to the action reserved seats at the Merlin Stone Benefit Memorial in Clearwater, Florida on September 24, 2011, plus a meal afterwards. (Hotel and travel not included.) You get to mingle with all the honored guests and friends. You get a DVD of the film.

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    This is a very special category. You get a copy of In Search of Merlin Stone the book and the DVD. You get an autographed commemorative In Search of Merlin Stone postcard signed by Z Budapest. You have a credit (your name) in the film under "Thank You to the Following Individuals." You get a “Thank You” on Twitter and you are on the email list for all updates.

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    This is a very special category. You get TWO closer to the action reserved seats at the Merlin Stone Benefit Memorial in Clearwater, Florida on September 24, 2011, plus a meal afterwards. (Hotel and travel not included.) You get to mingle with all the honored guests and friends. You get a copy of In Search of Merlin Stone the book and the DVD. You get an autographed commemorative In Search of Merlin Stone postcard signed by Z Budapest. You have a credit (your name) in the film under "Thank You to the Following Individuals." You get a “Thank You on Twitter and you are on the email list for all updates.

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    You’re incredibly special category. You get a credit in the film on your own card. That means your name is by itself on the screen under “Very Special Thanks.” You get a phone call from Z Budapest with a 30 minute Tarot reading. You get a copy of In Search of Merlin Stone the book and the DVD. You get an autographed commemorative In Search of Merlin Stone postcard signed by Z Budapest. You get a “Thank You” on Twitter and you are on the email list for all updates.

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    You’re incredibly special category. You get TWO reserved seats of honor at the Merlin Stone Benefit Memorial in Clearwater, Florida on September 24, 2011, plus a meal afterwards. (Hotel and travel not included.) You get to mingle with all the honored guests and friends. You get a credit in the film on your own card. That means your name is by itself on the screen under “Very Special Thanks.” You get a phone call from Z Budapest with a 30 minute Tarot reading. You get a copy of In Search of Merlin Stone the book and the DVD. You get an autographed commemorative In Search of Merlin Stone postcard signed by Z Budapest. You get a “Thank You” on Twitter and you are on the email list for all updates.

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    You get an Associate Producer credit in the film. You get a phone call from Z Budapest with an hour long Tarot reading. You get a copy of In Search of Merlin Stone the book and the DVD. You get an autographed commemorative In Search of Merlin Stone postcard signed by Z Budapest. You get a “Thank You” on Twitter and you are on the email list for all updates.

  • You selected
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    You get an Associate Producer credit in the film. You get a phone call from Z Budapest with an hour long Tarot reading. You get a copy of In Search of Merlin Stone the book and the DVD. You get an autographed commemorative In Search of Merlin Stone postcard signed by Z Budapest. You get TWO reserved seats of honor at the Merlin Stone Benefit Memorial in Clearwater, Florida on September 24, 2011, plus a meal afterwards. (Hotel and travel not included.) You get to mingle with all the honored guests and friends. You get a “Thank You” on Twitter and you are on the email list for all updates.

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    You get an Associate Producer credit in the film. You get a phone call from Z Budapest with an hour long Tarot reading. You get a copy of In Search of Merlin Stone the book and the DVD. You get an autographed DVD Goddess Kit ™ signed by Z Budapest. You get an autographed commemorative In Search of Merlin Stone postcard signed by Z Budapest. You get a “Thank You” on Twitter and you are on the email list for all updates.

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    You get an Associate Producer credit in the film. You get a phone call from Z Budapest with an hour long Tarot reading. You get a copy of In Search of Merlin Stone the book and the DVD. You get an autographed DVD Goddess Kit ™ signed by Z Budapest. You get an autographed commemorative In Search of Merlin Stone postcard signed by Z Budapest. You get TWO reserved seats of honor at the Merlin Stone Benefit Memorial in Clearwater, Florida on September 24, 2011, plus a meal afterwards. (Hotel and travel not included.) You get to mingle with all the honored guests and friends. You get a “Thank You” on Twitter and you are on the email list for all updates.

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    You get an Executive Producer credit in the film. You get a phone call from Z Budapest with an hour long Tarot reading. You get a copy of In Search of Merlin Stone the book and the DVD. You get an autographed DVD Goddess Kit ™ signed by Z Budapest. You get an autographed commemorative In Search of Merlin Stone postcard signed by Z Budapest. You get a “Thank You” on Twitter and you are on the email list for all updates.

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    You get an Executive Producer credit in the film. You get a phone call from Z Budapest with an hour long Tarot reading. You get a copy of In Search of Merlin Stone the book and the DVD. You get an autographed DVD Goddess Kit ™ signed by Z Budapest. You get an autographed commemorative In Search of Merlin Stone postcard signed by Z Budapest. You get TWO reserved seats of honor at the Merlin Stone Benefit Memorial in Clearwater, Florida on September 24, 2011, plus a meal afterwards. (Hotel and travel not included.) You get to mingle with all the honored guests and friends. You get a “Thank You” on Twitter and you are on the email list for all updates.

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