Thursday, August 23, 2012

SAMSARA—an amazing sensory journey film opens tomorrow!

A fascinating movie experience opens tomorrow—SAMSARA. From the previews and reviews, it looks to be an incredible sensory journey, filled with powerful images that are intended to lead the viewer through a visual meditation. As a fantasy writer and reader, I’m always keen to find natural and safe ways to open and engage my imagination.

This movie would be categorized as an art film, since it’s entirely lacking dialogue, led only by a compelling musical score that encourages the viewer to use his/her own inner inspiration, imagination, and interpretation. The word “samsara” is a Sanskrit world meaning “the ever turning wheel of life” and is what the filmmakers set about to capture—the current of interconnected energies that flows through our lives. The purpose of the film is to illuminate the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.

Director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson worked previously on similar award-winning projects, BARAKA and CHRONOS, both films of visual and musical artistry.

SAMSARA was filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, at sacred places, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders.  The movie was photographed entirely in 70mm film, utilizing both standard frame rates and motion controlled time-lapse. That allowed perspective shifts to reveal extraordinary views of ordinary scenes.

Unfortunately, there are showings scheduled for only about forty US cities. SAMSARA will definitely be on my future DVD shopping list. I’m looking forward to using this as inspiration before I create fantasy storylines, to get my imagination firing on all cylinders!

Do you use movies or documentaries to help expand your creative imagination OR just to relax and take a mental vacation OR a bit of both?

For a preview of SAMSARA, please sample the trailer below. For more information, visit the website for the film.

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Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. Read her ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS for adventurous epic fantasy romance: Book One, SEEKING A SCRIBE, and Book Two, HERITAGE AVENGED. She has also authored the Ciel's Legacy series, with fast action mermaid/pirate storylines: TEARS ON A TRANQUIL LAKE and TORTUGA TREASURE.  For a FREE ebook download, read her historic fantasy, LE CIRQUE DE MAGIE, available at Amazon and Smashwords.

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