“You Have to Pay for Your Passion” / MY REINCARNATION Auction Countdown Now!

OK so I admit it, I am one of the privileged human beings who gets to travel the world making films from my passion like MY REINCARNATION. These last days, I was in Bucharest at One World Romania, where they were doing a retrospective of my work and premiering MY REINCARNATION.  I also gave a Masterclass in a way cool, coffee lounge at the Orange Store there. For those of you have not been to Romania, be prepared for a rare and moving experience. The cinema scene is alive and vibrant and the post screening conversations and press were deep and wide-ranging. But “the road” beckons and later in the week, I head for Edinburgh to show my MY REINCARNATION at the Film House Cinema this Friday night.I have a fantastic life, but as we all know, documentaries don’t make money, nor are they well supported in distribution. I always say when I teach:“You have to pay for your passion.” And indeed we do. Every filmmaker learns to hustle non-stop to get their films made and out to audiences. Without constant hard work, films that have great importance for humanity languish without being seen.

Now, the clock is ticking for the primetime US Television Broadcast of MY REINCARNATION as the Premiere of PBS’s POV 25th Anniversary Season on June 21st, 2012. But it’s common knowledge that US Public Television is poorly funded by the American government. So, if we want people to tune in and turn on MY REINCARNATION on June 21st, we need to add as much funding to buy classic PR, outreach, radio, and television interview time.  That’s why, despite my exhaustion – and I am sure yours too at my constant requests – I am digging deep and launching a final fundraising push for the US Broadcast of MY REINCARNATION with a unique Spiritual Awareness Campaign (SAC). Our goal is to have the film spark interfaith dialogue and a discussion of the value of Tibetan culture across the whole of America.

We are trying to raise a minimum of $50,000 and up to $150,000 for additional PR and Outreach for MY REINCARNATION. This would include a Satellite Media Press Tour (40K) and Satellite Radio Press Tour (10K) with Film Protagonist and high Tibetan Buddhist Master, Choegyal Namkhai Norbu. These virtual media tours allow the US National Press to meet and speak directly to Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, a living Tibetan Master, on local and national television and radio, in two condensed morning slots. (A complete list of added press and planned outreach available upon request.)

Join us!
Here is what we are doing to raise funds…
All Bids Due Midnight EST Tuesday March 20th, 2012
We are auctioning two precious items donated by the film protagonists themselves – Choegyal Namkhai Norbu and his son, Khyentse Yeshe– at my request:

  • Green Tara statue: Consecrated inside with all relics of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu’s important teachers such as Rigdzin Jangchub Dorje, Ayu Khandro and Togdan Ugyan Tenzin etc.  21 cm. high.   See Statue here.Green Tara
  • Thangka of Vajrasattva: This is a Tibetan Religious painting in male-female union form. It comes from Khyentse Yeshe’s trip in Tibet as seen in MY REINCARNATION. He found it in a special way and is connected with the story of his reincarnation as seen in the film. See Tangka here.Tangka

You can bid on these items until Tuesday, March 20 Midnight EST. The winner will be announced on March 21st, 2012. To Bid on either of these items, please send us your bid to info@myreincarnationfilm.com.

GIFTS TO PARTICIPATE: If you’d like to make a smaller donation we are offering these beautiful gifts as a token of our appreciation for your support:

  • Special Limited Edition Signed DVD of MY REINCARNATION Personally Signed by film protagonist Chögyal Namkhai Norbu
    Rinpoche will personally sign each DVD by hand. This DVD will be the US Commercial DVD (NTSC only) to be shipped in July 2012 Only. Limit 20
    Donation $500 – (shipping not included)
  • Exclusive 3-Hour Assembly of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu’s Teachings 2002-2008
    Culled from the over 1,000 hours of footage shot for MY REINCARNATION this DVD is a precious keepsake of Rinpoche’s teachings in the millennium. Please note the creation of this DVD is a bit delayed, but it will be ready for shipping July 2012.
    Donation $250 – (shipping not included)
  • Official Signed MY REINCARNATION poster by film protagonist, Khyentse Yeshe
    Khyentse personally signed these posters with a beautiful golden pen during his visit to the USA in 2011 for the Theatrical launch of the film. Limit 10.
    Donation $350 – (shipping not included)
  • Mandarava Painting Print by Tibetan Master and Artist, Dugu Choegyal Rinpoche
    Limited Edition Print of the Mandarava Painting by Dugu Choegyal Rinpoche and personally signed by Dugu Choegyal Rinpoche himself! Dugu Choegyal oversaw the making of these prints personally for the cause of raising funds for the film.
    Donation $500 – (shipping not included)

Click Here to buy any of the above in our web store.

If You’d Like to Just Make a Donation of Any Amount without Any Reward: Just Click Here.

PRESENTING CREDIT ON THE FILM: If you are interested in making a larger donation – either as an individual, a Foundation, or a Corporation, we are also able to offer a Presenting Underwriting Credit on the film MY REINCARNATION to air as the Premiere Film on the National Primetime TV Series POV (PBS) for their 25th Anniversary Season on June 21st, 2012. The Underwriter would have their name on the head of the film as a Presenter for each airing, starting with the first night with expected audience of 1.8 million, which will go up to 20+ million, including all digital downloads and PBS web screening possibilities. Presenting Underwriting Credit will also appear on all POV collateral material including Press Releases, Press Kit, Website, etc. This is a great opportunity for enormous press exposure for an individual, a company, or a foundation. Price of Underwriting Credit $100,000 Donation. Funds will be used to expand the national press campaign and outreach events for the film itself (Exact list of add on press activities and outreach events available upon request.). To find out more, please email us at info@myreincarnationfilm.com

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At this moment, religion is a hot-button issue; all one need do is look to the 2012 presidential race. In such challenging times, however, it is imperative that a safe space be provided for interfaith discourse, in which the emphasis is placed on unifying those of varying faiths and spiritual paths, rather than dividing them. MY REINCARNATION explores universal, non-sectarian issues of father-son relationships; death and dying; and the meaning of our time on Earth. Buddhism, widely accepted in the West and considered by many to be a spiritual practice or philosophy rather than a religion, is an ideal place from which to start asking the big questions.Support the broadcast and outreach campaign of MY REINCARNATION in any way you can. And if you don’t have disposable income right now, you can help by becoming an outreach partner and spreading the word: MY REINCARNATION is coming to PBS on June 21st, 2012!

Thank you from my heart.




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