Saturday, March 05, 2011

“Best Documentary Award” to “David Wants to Fly” for Transcendental Meditation expose’ at Message to Man festival

A belated congratulations to Sieveking and his production crew for winning “Best Documentary Award” July 2010 at St. Petersburg’s “Message to Man International Documentary Film Festival.”

David Sieveking’s compassionate, funny and revelatory film “David Wants to Fly” has been making the film festival circuit since it’s grand opening premiere screening at the prestigious Berlinale International Film Festival in February 2010.

“David Wants to Fly” has been well received in various European and Eastern European film festivals. Perhaps countries with recent history of cult-like regimens are better able to appreciate Sieveking’s story of Transcendental Meditation’s warm, seductive and ultimately deceptive structure.

The film is slowly making the tour of film festivals in the USA, with ongoing negotiations for a USA film distributor.

Meanwhile, keep your eyes open for your local film festivals. We will keep you updated here.

The film will next be shown in Cambridge Massachusetts on March 15, 2011 Brattle Theater's DocYard film festival. The film Q & will be moderated by Judith Bourque, author of Robes of Silk Feet of Clay, her memoir of a love affair with Maharishi.

In April "David Wants to Fly" will be featured at Tiburon International Film Festival in Tiburon, California. We don’t have the screening date and time yet.

Meanwhile the DVD can be ordered from German Amazon online.

You could also list it in your netflix queue, to be available when a USA distribution contract is arranged.


John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

David Wants to Fly

David Sieveking's film is muchly deserving of many kudos (and not just because of my silent 0.75 second appearance).


When I saw the film, at the Hot Docs Film Festival here, I was very surprised and hugely impressed with David's ability to let things speak for themselves. I can find no evidence that David made any effort whatsoever to manipulate any part of his film or David Lynch or the TMO (or the funny people in flowing robes and Burger King hats) into making themselves look bad or incompetent or just plain silly.

They did that all on their own and David captured it on film, like the brilliant film-maker he is and will be ! ! ! ! ! ! !

TM is what it is and does what it does. Those things just don't happen to line up with what Mahesh said about TM.

It's like I have so often said about aspirin, it's a great thing, and actual research into what it actually is has demonstrated for a hundred years that it is something special.

But it won't make you fly and rigging up fake science to prove that it will would go so far beyond nonsense that people would not even bother to laugh or smirk. Yet this is basically what Mahesh and now the TMO tries to do with their produce and David Sieveking has, to his credit, filmed them at it!

'Nuf said.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

Hey guys, Vice President of the David Lynch Foundation, Bobby Roth will be fielding questions relating to David Wants to Fly in a meeting to be held on campus monday. I was wondering if anyone here had a question they would like answered? I'll try to find a student here to ask for you!

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

Testing. Is this thing on?

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

Let's make sure replies work, too.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said...

Testing using a different login.

John M. Knapp, LMSW said... Here's Bobby answering questions.

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