Saturday, March 17, 2007

to the other shore - gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi svaha.

Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate: gone, gone, gone to the other shore, svaha. I named my last film To the Other Shore after Buddha's great mantra: Gate, gate, paragate, parasamgate, bodhi svaha: Gone Gone to the other shore, gone together to the other shore. Oh awakening! The making of To The Other Shore was accepting death as part of life. In the various phases of making the film over ten years (1986-1996) there were many deaths: parents, parents in law and not least - the death of the script. To live as if there is no script - in a state of freedom - that is the challenge, as the great heart sutra suggests.
Here are details on where to purchase copies of the film and the Study Guide to To the Other Shore . Photo by Sandy Edwards

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Baudrillard dies March 6 2007

"THE French critic Jean Baudrillard, whose theories about consumer culture and the manufactured nature of reality were intensely discussed in philosophical circles and in blockbuster movies such as The Matrix, has died aged 77."
His thinking influenced my work in film; the way he made sense of this era of media saturation - what happens to reality - this 'hyperreal', which he speaks of, where the image is all we have. His death followed a long illness.