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“A beautiful film which captures the spirit of a music movement that is now spreading across the world. MANTRA is a must-see for anyone who wants to pause and take a look within, accompanied by soulful and uplifting music and singing.”
— Dr. Deepak Chopra, MD, Author of You Are The Universe
Los Angeles, CA – March 7, 2018 – The award-winning documentary about the worldwide Kirtan (chanting) movement, MANTRA – Sounds into Silence will be premiering in Los Angeles starting April 6 at the Laemmle Santa Monica. Following the 7pm screening and filmmaker Q&A, the producers are hosting a Kirtan event with popular LA group, The Kirtaniyas, at LA’s home for Kirtan, Bhakti Yoga Shala, mere steps from the theater at 9:30pm.
As our characters’ stories about their connection to the music unfold, we meet the musicians who have inspired them and brought them together. Through these encounters, we will discover how Deva Premal & Miten with Manose, Krishna Das, Snatam Kaur, Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer, Lama Gyurme & Jean-Philippe Rykiel, MC Yogi, C.C. White, Nina Rao, Mirabai Ceiba, Gaura Vani, Charlie Braun, Guru Ganesha, Wah! and others came to this music themselves and to the practice of Kirtan, and how, over the years, it transformed their lives as well.
Other notable experts who appear in the film include: Sharon Gannon, Co-founder, Jivamukti Yoga School, Anand Semaltry, Brahmin & Vedic Astrologer, Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD, Co-Founder Blue Spirit, Costa Rica & Omega Institute, Andrew Newberg, MD, Director of Research, Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, Elizabeth Leuthner, Hope Acts Program, Manager, Jill Purce, Sound Healing Pioneer, Susan Shannon, Buddhist Minister, San Quentin State Prison and more.
For those unfamiliar with Kirtan – it is a participatory, call and response form of singing that is becoming increasingly popular throughout the world as westerners discover its uplifting and healing effects. Kirtan is not in any way religious but many do describe it as spiritual. At a Kirtan event, the lines between musician and audience are blurred: the audience members play a vital role in the music through their singing in response to the “call” of the artist. It is now so popular that several artists have been nominated for and won Grammy awards.
MANTRA – Sounds into Silence was directed by Barcelona based filmmaker Georgia Wyss. Her other recent work includes co-producing/co-writing/editing the documentary No Plorar Mai (Never to Cry) for the Spanish station TV3; editing The Lightbulb Conspiracy – winner of Best Documentary at the Spanish Television Academy Awards, and A Crude Awakening, a feature documentary shown at over 70 film festivals and winner of 5 awards for best documentary. Earlier in her career Georgia focused on music documentaries for VH1 and MTV, including the series “Where Are They Now,” Aretha Franklin’s “The Legends,” and EPKs for Tina Turner, and Paul McCartney’s “Back in the World” tour, and much more.
About Kirtan and the film Wyss notes “It was the music of Deva Premal & Miten that first inspired me, which I discovered in 2005. It was when I was seeking some balance in my fast-paced life of juggling work and raising two small children. I joined meditation and yoga classes where I slowly became aware of the power of music in meditation. These experiences became far more profound when I had to accompany a dear, close friend through cancer and her eventual passing. She died at the age of forty-two. During this time, I delved into the music of Lama Gyurme and Deva Premal & Miten. Their music gave me a feeling of trust, which helped me get through and accept my first experience of losing someone who was close to me.”
She added “In the following years, I deepened my experience of Kirtan, and I discovered that the essence of it is more than just support in difficult times, it is really about people finding themselves and their place. It’s about discovering or rediscovering, in our increasingly atomized world, the joys, and the importance, of belonging; that sense of community that many of us have lost, or, in some cases, never had.”
The film was produced by Raymond McCormack and Georgia, who have a creative partnership together, stretching back more than a decade. With a background in music – having collaborated with leading artists like Sir Paul McCartney and Queen – Raymond made his feature producing debut with Welcome to the Cheap Seats, an award-winning documentary on UK post-punk outfit, The Wonder Stuff. He is also an award-winning director, in his own right, for the Netflix staple, A Crude Awakening.
In addition to this LA run, and runs in New York City and Boulder, for other US screenings the Mantra team is working with Gathr Films, the creator of Theatrical On Demand® releasing. Theatrical On Demand® allows individuals the opportunity to organize and promote film screenings in movie theaters across the country. With Theatrical On Demand®, fans can bring the films they want to see play in their local movie theater. It is so easy! Fans, called Movie Captains, just pick the date, time, and theater where they want to host their screening. Gathr Films will set everything up. It doesn’t cost Movie Captains anything to host a Theatrical On Demand® screening. Movie Captains don’t have to pay any screening room rental or exhibition fee. All they have to do is promote the film and get people to reserve tickets. There are already over 60 Theatrical On Demand® screenings booked for MANTRA – Sounds into Silence, showing the popularity of this ancient yet new musical form across the US.
Pioneers of Theatrical On Demand®, Gathr uses documentaries and independent films as “empathy-building machines” to galvanize local communities around social impact and political action, while championing a renaissance of theatre-going. Through grassroots marketing and outreach Gathr’s film teams generate public and private screening event requests for its films
and then accommodates and books those requests in local theaters and non-theatrical venues.
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For more information and the trailer please see https://www.mantramovie.com/. To host a Gathr Theatrical On Demand® screening in your area, please go to https://gathr.us/films/mantra. For traditional theatrical booking inquiries please contact Gathr Films at firstname.lastname@example.org. For press information, including online screeners and director and Kirtan artist interviews, or for press RSVPs for the premier screening and event, please contact Susan von Seggern at email@example.com or on 213-840-0077.