Mark Elliott: A Retrospective
BAFF is honored to recognize Mark Elliott’s contribution to Buddhist film by featuring a retrospective of his 40 years of film-making. His films contain a wealth of insight into the migration of Buddhism from the East to West and offer a first-hand immersion into Buddhist values and wisdom. Mr. Elliott will be present for a discussion and Q&A after the film.
"Discovering elegance is the way of the warrior. Through gentleness and discipline, such a warrior brings a sense of harmony to everyday life."
Directed by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In it, he demonstrates the art of oriental design, calligraphy, flower arrangement, and object placement in preparing an environmental art exhibit at the Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art in 1981.
The film will be followed directly by a live ikebana performance art by Sensei, Alexandra Shenpen.
Shorts Block 1
The practice of Buddhism is just as multi-faceted as the films presented here. From seven distinct filmmakers we see pink and orange robed nuns in Myanmar, the poetic call to action against self-immolation, a simple demonstration of our planet's insignificance, the freedom aspect of creativity demonstrated by artist and teacher Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, the beauty of impermanence, and a topsy-turny bear narrated by Alan Watts.
A THOUSAND MOTHERS - directed by Kim Shelton
LIGHT FOR FREEDOM - directed by Guillermo de la Rosa
WATCHING - directed by Yuanyuan Huang
EVERYTHING - directed by David O'Reilly
ART AND WISDOM - directed by Laura Weiss
QUICK SAND - directed by Jacob Wise
POSITIVE INSIGNIFICANCE - directed by Nick Simon
Shorts Block 2 "Mother"
Bold, complex, unparalleled and powerful - our relationship with our mother is at its least fodder for conversation and growth. These short films from Brooklyn to China, depict the complex nature of this universal relationship.
WHY CAN'T WE BE A FAMILY AGAIN? - directed by Murray Nossel
SINGLE MOTHER ONLY DAUGHTER - directed by Ellie Wen
MOTHER'S SONG - directed by Matty Brown
MOTHER - directed by Wu-Ching Chang