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Transmutation Film Release - Where Art Meets Ancient Wisdom
Discover the beauty and danger of a hidden spiritual path, and meet those who have transformed themselves by walking it.
Writer and narrator Neil Kramer wrote the script from his own years of alchemical and hermetic practice - subjects usually shrouded in secrecy - but glimpsed on screen throughout this project. Director Niles Heckman said, "We had zero budget but lots of time, so we made the most striking and substantial artistic piece we could. There's a lot of hidden magic in this film – literally. Also, with so many documentaries being depressing, our goal was to make one which is empowering."
Not only is this heartfelt indie filmmaking at its purest, but also an example of intentionally organic zero-marketing. The filmmakers communicated only with existing audiences via email and social media, with any wider exposure coming gradually by word of mouth. Commercial suicide? The filmmakers don't care. Heckman said: "We honestly just wanted to play the long game and make something very beautiful and meaningful which can be watched 50 years from now and still be very much appreciated. And I believe we did. If it resonates with people who are curious about the deeper meanings of existence and seeking more, that's wonderful."
The feature documentary explores the rarely-seen intimacies of deeply individualistic mystical experiences of everyday reality. A roving philosopher guides us through the striking forests, coastlines, deserts, and cities of the world, inviting us to embrace the intense mystery of our own existence. Is direct personal encounter with divinity a real thing? What secrets are buried in nature's deep places? Why has mainstream culture sought to eradicate the awakened human? Is normality really our friend?
Discover the beauty and danger of a hidden spiritual path, and meet men and women who've transformed themselves by walking it.
Find out more at http://www.transmutationfilm.com
Niles Heckman | Documentary Filmmaker