Tuesday, July 16, 2013

From Terminator 2 to Mindfulness: The Movie With Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh
By Liza Foreman

Threshold Entertainment has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the feature documentary, Mindfulness: The Movie, based on the teachings of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh.

The documentary stars Thich Nhat Hanh, and features interviews with Oliver Stone, Cesar Milan, Deepak Chopra and Sharon Stone, among others.

Larry Kasanoff, chairman and chief executive officer of Threshold Entertainment Group, launched the campaign to raise post production funds for the film.

“All the new age-y mumbo jumbo aside, mindfulness means simply focusing on and enjoying the present moment,” said Kasanoff. “Through meeting Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) and through all our martial arts films and TV, I’ve become such a fan of it. Every time I see something about mindfulness, though, it’s so serious. I wanted to make a film is a fun way for people to understand mindfulness. Mindfulness makes you happy, so why not make a happy film.”

Thich Nhat Hanh pioneered mindfulness, its teachings, and brought it to the west over the last 60 years in over 100 books, thousands of speeches, and a Nobel Peace prize nomination from Martin Luther King, Jr. Larry and Thay became friends, and out of that friendship, the film was born.

Donors to the campaign will receive a special credit on the film and see their name on the screen under the Film Funder category.

Other rewards available include behind-the-scenes photos from the film and t-shirts featuring the film’s logo.

Most of the film has been shot.

Mindfulness: The Movie features Thich Nhat Hanh’s teachings of mindfulness including discussions by recognized leaders from science, art, entertainment, medicine, politics, religion and sports, talking about how mindfulness helps them.

The film’s production team includes Larry Kasanoff (Platoon, Terminator 2, True Lies, Mortal Kombat) as producer and director, with Jimmy Ienner as executive producer, and Michael Lloyd (Dirty Dancing) serving as music supervisor. Post production services will be provided by Threshold Animation Studios.

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