Planting Seeds: The Power of Mindfulness

An animated feature documentary film based on the book 'Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children by Thich Nhat Hanh & The Plum Village Community.
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Gregory Kennedy-Salemi
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Film
Vienna
Austria
12 Team Members

MAY 29th - June 5th Bonus!  
For any Donation over $100

You'll receive and extra "unsigned" Limited Edition Collectable Comic, Plus Your name will appear in the end credits of the film. 


We're also offering

                             Limited Edition Collectable

                                   ****Donor Rewards

                                     
(See Info Below)

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WHAT WILL IT COST TO COMPLETE THE FILM?

We actually need $214,500 to complete the film (see budget here), for the next 8 months of post-production work. We set our goal at $70,000 with the hope that we will surpass it greatly. 

Thank you for spreading the word everyone who you think would support this project.
 
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PLANTING SEEDS: THE POWER OF MINDFULNESS, is a film that can truly help to transform our relationships and ourselves in a deeply meaningful way.

Sam and Izzy
 
Children, parents, couples and educators can use the techniques and practices in the film and on the Bonus DVD (Songs, Lesson Plans, Practical Exercises) to build more harmony, love and appreciation within themselves, their families and within the classroom. 
 
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This feature documentary and animated film will give children and adults an embodied experience of peace and wellbeing, as well as effective tools for creating peaceful, happy lives, long after the film is over.
 
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The film is the fruit of Plum Village’s thirty years of sharing mindfulness and compassion with children, parents and educators.

Thay and Children

The Planting Seeds film offers meaningful
, fun and engaging activities that children and parents can do at home, in school settings, and in their local communities, either self-guided or led by an adult. 

Pebble Meditaion

KEY PRACTICES presented include mindful breathing, the four pebble meditations, mindful walking, inviting the bell, dealing with conflict, anger and strong emotions, eating meditation, as well as the 'Two Promises' or, ethical guidelines for children.

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THE PLANTING SEEDS SCRIPT will be available (May 2013) as a Donor Reward at the $50 level and above.  The script was co-written by The Award Winning Author of Anh's Anger, Gail Silver and peacebuiding professional Iulia Socea.

      
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At PEACE IS THE WAY FILMS, our goal is to tell stories that touch our hearts and our souls. Stories that inspire us to be better people and help us discover the hidden hero within ourselves.


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WHY IS SUPPORTING THIS FILM IMPORTANT?
Besides the joy that giving and good intentions bring, you will know that your generous donation (every amount is appreciated) will help to Plant Transformative Seeds of Mindfulness in the world, and within yourself.


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WE ARE A COMMUNITY OF CREATIVES who passionately work long hours because we love what we do, yet often need to remind ourselves of the fact that we have to pay our modest living and office expenses, and to take time for ourselves and our loved ones.



THERE ARE ONLY A FEW WAYS TO FUND INDEPENDENT FILMS: Borrow money (which we do not want to do, ever), self-finance (we did that for years to get things going), or have the world community get involved to support independent media that offers hope instead of fear, and to help cultivate love and understanding.

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WHAT WILL IT COST TO COMPLETE THE FILM?
We need $214,500 to complete the film (see budget here), manufacture the sustainable DVDs, travel to Plum Village for more recording and film screening, and pay our dedicated team (Press Pack Click Here) for the next 8 months of post-production work.

Originally, we under-estimated how much time it would take to complete this film. 

Our team recently decided (after testing new animation software for over one month) that it's much better to have fully animated characters that speak.  Our original idea was to have static animated characters with voiceovers.

This process is considerably more time-consuming and we think it’s truly worth it.  

You be the judge, take a look at our first animations using our newly developed artistic style in the above trailer, and if you like what you see, then please support our efforts.

With Immense Gratitude,

Gregory Kennedy-Salemi
& The Peace is the Way Film Team "Sangha"

Special thanks to the musicians Charity and the JAMband, Dennis Howard and Brother Phap Luu.

IMMEDIATELY SHIPPED BONUS DONOR REWARDS - (Depends on your donation amount.)

The Secret of The 5 Powers LIMITED and COLLECTABLE Comic Book and Apple iBook (All comics and iBook's available to ship immediately.) www.peacecomics.com

5 Powers Comic

1ST Edition - Artist, Erich Tiefenbach SIGNED.

1ST Edition - Sister Chan Khong SIGNED.

1ST Edition - Thich Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong SIGNED.

 

BONUS! Private Preview / Online Screening - of our newly finished (May 2013) feature animated documentary film, The Secret of The 5 Powers.  The film is currently being submitted to film festivals. A password protected and time limited link will be emailed to you within 24 hours after your donation is received.

THE SECRET OF THE 5 POWERS

3 Superheroes of Peace use the 5 Powers of Faith, Diligence, Mindfulness, Concentration and Insight to change the course of history and inspire millions around the world. Planting seeds of peace in the deep mud of war.
 

The documentary weaves powerfully illustrated comic book animation with contemporary and historic footage that follows the lives of Alfred Hassler, an American anti-war hero, Vietnamese peace activist Sister Chan Khong and Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, whom Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967.
 

The film also reveals the story of the powerfully groundbreaking, yet largely unknown, 1958 Martin Luther King Jr "Montgomery Story" Comic Book Project, initiated by Alfred Hassler and Martin Luther King Jr,.  A comic book that has been secretly changing the course of history around the world, to this present day.



The Secret of The 5 Powers Film Poster

Download Press Pack
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Synopsis, Background Story, Team)

 

THE SECRET OF THE 5 POWERS COMIC IN THE PRESS!

MAY 2013
iSSUE OF THE SHAMBHALA SUN MAGAZINE

SUPERHEROES OF PEACE

Shambhala Sun

 

3 HEROES, 5 POWERS (For Larger Image Click here)Shambhala Sun Article

 

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  • $10USD
    Thank you

    For $10, you’ll receive 25% off of the Planting Seeds Sustainably Produced Double DVD’s. Links to all production Behind-the-Scenes Videos before they are available to the public.. Our heartfelt gratitude and deep bows.

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  • $30USD
    Outakes Plus Online Screening

    All of the above PLUS, 50% off Planting Seeds Sustainably Produced Double DVD’s (Mar 2014), Includes USA postage). Password protected weekly Thich Nhat Hanh film outakes. PLUS, Exclusive Online Password Protected Private Screening of The Secret of The 5 Powers film (Available Today, See details in main page text).

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  • $50USD
    DVD and Film Script

    All of the above PLUS, Digital Download of the Planting Seeds Film Script (May 2013), One (1) Planting Seeds Sustainably Produced Double DVD (Mar 2014, Includes USA postage). PLUS Exclusive Private Preview (Password Protected) of the Planting Seeds Film 1st Rough Cut (July 2013).

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  • $75USD
    EXCLUSIVE: Thich Nhat Hanh

    JUNE 5TH END CAMPAIGN SPECIAL!! One (1) EXCLUSIVE, (1) Thich Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong SIGNED, 1ST Edition, Limited and Collectable, The Secret of The 5 Powers Comic. A TRUE COLLECTORS ITEM! - SHIPS TOMORROW.

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  • $100USD
    Artist Collectable

    All of the above PLUS, One (1) Artist SIGNED, 1ST Edition, Limited and Collectable, The Secret of The 5 Powers Comic (Available Today). One additional (2 Total) Planting Seeds Sustainably Produced Double DVD (Mar 2014). One (1) Copy of the Planting Seeds Apple iBook (Dec 2013).

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  • $250USD
    Sister Chan Khong Collectable

    All of the above PLUS, One (1) EXCLUSIVE, Sister Chan Khong SIGNED, 1ST Edition, Limited and Collectable, The Secret of The 5 Powers Comic. PLUS One (1) Secret of The 5 Powers Apple iBook (Both Avail Today, See details, Main page text). PLUS One Extra (3 Total) Planting Seeds Sustainably Produced Double DVD’s (Mar 2014). Total of 4 Copies of the Planting Seeds Apple iBook (Dec 2013).

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  • $500USD
    Thich Nhat Hanh Collectable

    You will receive MOST all of the above PLUS, One (1) EXCLUSIVE, Thich Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong SIGNED, 1ST Edition, Limited and Collectable, The Secret of The 5 Powers Comic, PLUS One (1) Secret of The 5 Powers Apple iBook (Available Today, See details, Main page text). PLUS, Two additional (5 Total) Planting Seeds Sustainably Produced Double DVD’s (Mar 2014). PLUS ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Credit in the Film. (EXCLUDES Sister Chan Khong Signed Comic).

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  • $1,000USD
    Producer Collectable

    MOST all of the above PLUS, One Extra (Total of 2) Thich Nhat Hanh and Sister Chan Khong SIGNED, 1ST Edition, Limited and Collectable The Secret of The 5 Powers Comic (Available Today), PLUS, 5 additional (Total of 10) Planting Seeds Sustainable Double DVD’s (Mar 2014). PLUS, You or Your Loved one Drawn as a Comic Figure by our artists. PLUS, PRODUCER CREDIT in the film. (EXCLUDES Sister Chan Khong Signed Comic)

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  • $2,500USD
    Executive Producer Collectable

    All of the above PLUS You or Your Loved one will appear as a comic Character in a Planting Seeds comic scene. PLUS, 2 Film Premier tickets for the private public screening of the film in Plum Village, France, Deer Park Calif or Blue Cliff NY (2014) Does not include airfare (Includes 2 nights room and board at the monastary). PLUS 15 Total Copies of the Planting Seeds Sustainably Packaged Double DVD (Mar 2014). PLUS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Credit in the film.

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