Director: Louie Schwartzberg Run Time: 75 min. Release Year: 2022
Starring: Alex Grey, Jack Kornfield, Louie Schwartzberg, Luisah Teish, Norman Lear
An epic journey forty years in the making, acclaimed filmmaker, Louie Schwartzberg, the director of Fantastic Fungi, takes us on a transformational, cinematic experience of how to live a more meaningful life full of Gratitude through his intimate conversations with everyday people, thought leaders, and personalities such as Norman Lear, Jack Kornfield, Luisah Teish, Alex Grey and other luminaries.
Following the film, there will be an interactive panel with local mindfulness leaders Monica DiGiovanni and Anne-Marie Keppel.
Monica DiGiovanni is a Montpelier-based artist teaching yoga and meditation. In 2014, she developed debilitating health conditions that changed the course of her life. Yoga and meditation have been the source of her healing journey. Her 30+ year relationship with yoga, art, and meditation explores themes of birth, death and rebirth, strength and vulnerability, impermanence and interconnectedness, nature, resiliency, chaos, and finding joy in the complexity of the human condition. Monica seeks to offer pathways to connection through her classes and artwork.
Anne-Marie Keppel is the founder of the nonprofit, Village Deathcare. She is a death doula, nurse assistant, Reiki Master Teacher, mother of three, and is a guide for Family Directed Funerals and green and home burials. She won an Independent Publisher Book Award in 2019 for her first book, Death Nesting: Ancient & Modern Death Doula Techniques, Mindfulness Practices and Herbal Care. The text was picked up by Inner Traditions and is slated to be published in 2023. Her work as a death doula has been published in the Washington Times, USAnews.com, and PULP Magazine.