COMING TO THEATRES THIS FALL 2017
The film's directors have been on the road for several weeks now, but every new city offers an enriching new opportunity for them to connect with audiences. This last weekend it was LA, and our Saturday evening premiere at the Aryha Fine Arts theater in Beverly Hills where Marc and Max were joined by Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu (The Revenant, Birdman). Several hundred people had gathered in La Cienega Park an hour before the screening to join a walking meditation to the theater. It was an amazing moment in which a community gathered peacefully at sunset to perfectly set the mood for the premiere.
Executive Producer Chade-Meng Tan introduced the screening and the post-screening Q&A was hosted by Alejandro Iñárritu, and Marc and Max were joined on stage by Brother Phap Dung and Sister Peace for a fascinating and humorous discussion about the making of the film. The Walk With Me journey continues; later this week we will be in the Netherlands, Belgium and Thailand!
This Saturday (9th September) we are delighted to announce that Thich Nhat Hanh's monastic community will lead a walking meditation to the LA Premiere of WALK WITH ME in Beverly Hills.
The monastic "Awakening Together" tour delegation says "With our country struggling with ongoing racial and religious tensions, you are invited to come and embody peace for our society by walking with us in a silent peace walk".
Walk with Me will be making special announcements this week to celebrate the LA Premiere a few days ahead of its nationwide release into theaters across the US from 12th September.
To mark the start of the walking meditation we are organizing a "Thunderclap" campaign to deliver an exclusive film clip to hundreds of people at the start of the walk from across the world. The clip shows a walking meditation led by Thich Nhat Hanh filmed exclusively for Walk With Me in 2014.
To help us get the clip to as many people as possible, please visit https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/61563-walk-wit... and join our campaign Today. It's simple! Help us to bring a moment of peace by getting this beautiful immersive and meditative clip to the global community.Share on Facebook Continue reading
Tonight's Walk With Me premiere was in Hong Kong. The distributor had lined up four hours of back-to-back interviews with newspapers, magazines, bloggers and the journalists interviewed co-director Max Pugh and Brother Phap Huu, both of whom had flown in from France to present the film. When the screening time came the cinema lobby filled with photographers and guests. The atmosphere was electric from the outset with many Hong Kong VIPs present and the cinema was full to capacity.
There was an introduction from the film's distributor, the director and then Brother Phap Huu began the film with three sounds of the bell to encourage the audience to calm their minds, come back to themselves and be ready to enjoy the movie. The next premiere is in LA on 9th September, so please check in here for news of that next week!
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Today The BFI London Film Festival announced that our film Walk With Me has been selected to play at the Festival on 13th and 15th October.
This is our next major film festival since we played at SXSW Film Festival in March 2017.
The film has already been tipped by Spectator Life as the top 10 must see film: https://life.spectator.co.uk/2017/08/london-film-f...
“If you want to see something uplifting… Immerse yourself in Marc J Francis and Max Pugh’s documentary, Walk With Me (October 13 and 15). The filmmakers have a reputation for making enlightening documentaries whatever the subject. Here, we follow Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh and his community with narration by Benedict Cumberbatch. It’ll be the closest thing to a warm bath with scented oils that LFF has to offer.”
London Film Festival selector, Laura Bonville says “Slow down and breathe. This contemplative journey follows in the steps of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and is a rare insight into life within a monastic community. The sun rises. Everything is calm and still. Life is beautifully serene as Benedict Cumberbatch’s composed, meditative voice reads an extract from Thich Nhat Hanh’s early journals. So begins Max Pugh and Marc J Francis’ (Black Gold, LFF2006) fascinating and immersive exploration of what it means to devote one’s life to mindfulness. With unprecedented access to the famous secluded monastery of Plum Village in the South West of France, Walk With Me captures the daily routine and rituals of monks and nuns on a quest to develop a deep sense of presence. It is an insightful rumination on the pursuit of happiness, living in the present and our attachment to material things – a welcome remedy to the stresses of city life and a world in turmoil.”
Huge congratulations to all the Walk With Me team, our directors Marc J Francis, Max Pugh, our crew and producers for all their support.
News of the UK release of Walk With Me in cinemas coming soon.
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We arrived from London a couple of days before our theatrical premiere at the San Rafael film Center. Just enough time to get over the jetlag and participate in a Q&A for the Friday night premiere with Sister Dang Nghiem, one of the nuns featured in the film, and our host Rich Fernandez, CEO of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.
When it was time for the Q&A, we could feel that we had made a deep connection with the audience through the movie. It was truly humbling to be faced with so much praise and such insightful questions about the origins of the project and the filmmaking process. Most moving was, a man at the back of the auditorium, who stood up on the verge of tears and spoke about how the film had awoken things in him which had been asleep for years.
Another notable set of comments and questions proved that the audience were really tuned in to the finer details of the film such as the cinematography, the poetic leitmotifs and the depth of the sound mix. To us as filmmakers it is so gratifying to know that audiences connect to our intention through the filmmaking itself.
Across the weekend the screenings continued. Every time we met members of the audience who had been deeply moved by the film and many tears were shed during Q&A sessions as they expressed this to us. This was powerful for us as filmmakers and confirmed that it isn’t all about the reviews in the national press. People were so keen to come up and offer their praise and ask further questions that it was hard to get out of the lobby ready to introduce the next screening - which new audiences were already sitting down patiently waiting for!
What a wonderful opening weekend in San Rafael. Today we are flying to New York to prepare for Friday night’s opening at the Rubin Museum. If last weekend is anything to go by, this is going to be a blast.
Max Pugh & Marc J. Francis
For information about additional screenings of Walk With Me and to learn how to host a screening in your city please visit http://walkwithmefilm.com/host-a-screening
Walk With Me is about transforming movie theaters into meditation halls, and bringing communities together for a common goal – to tune in, let go, and be in the present moment with the monastics of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village community.
As filmmakers we cannot overstate the importance of the cinema as the ultimate place in which to experience Walk With Me. We spent five years crafting our film and assembled some of the best creatives in the film industry to work with the visuals and sound so you can hear the breath and feel the leaves crunching under the soles of feet on a crisp Autumn day.
If you can allow yourself to breathe with the rhythm of the film, your mind will come back home, you will let go, relax and flow - just like the waves of a placid ocean as they gently roll up the shore and slowly retreat back again.
Movie theaters offer the best conditions for this experience, where the big screen, surround sound, and the collective energy of the community can come together in one moment of time. We do not believe that a smartphone or tablet can do justice to this experience.
crazy times of increased conflict, blame and anger, and the proliferation of
social media, we need more than ever before, the tools to stay in the eye of
the storm, to find the oasis within, to breathe, and to cultivate peace.
more mindfulness and this film is a gift to the world to help us find
our way home to a place of peace, love, understanding, and respect. If you
share our vision and if you believe in the power of mindfulness to help create
positive change in society, then please take this gift and make it shine like a
bright star that will light you up inside and light up the community around
screening at your local movie theater by using the platform on
our website. Organise, bring people together, meditate, and share your
experience with as many people as possible.
the ripple effect that will inspire others to ask for Walk With Me
to be shown in hundreds of theaters from across the United States, to Europe
figures get reported in the theater box offices, we the people, are sending a
clear message we want to see more films like this - conscious
cinema. The more popular the film becomes, the more theaters will want
to show the film nationwide and worldwide.
The future is in this present moment. We look forward to sharing this journey with you all.