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Project of the Day: How Tai Chi Came West

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire December 4, 2013 at 9:59AM

A documentary about the great Tai Chi master, Cheng Man-Ching, who brought his profound teachings West in the swinging, turbulent 60s.
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"The Professor: Tai Chi's Journey West"

Tweetable Logline: 

A documentary about the great Tai Chi master, Cheng Man-Ching, who brought his profound teachings West in the swinging, turbulent 60s.

Elevator Pitch:

The Professor: Tai Chi’s Journey West is about the great master, Cheng Man-Ching. The story of a legendary man who brought ancient traditions to the modern world, teaching Westerners how to seek an ethical, open-minded, joyful, natural way of life. We've spent ten years filming, interviewing and gathering archival material in order to tell the fascinating story of how Cheng was instrumental in bringing Tai Chiand classic Chinese culture to New York during the tumultuous 1960s. We present Cheng's students, now masters in their own right, as they emotionally recount his lessons.


Production Team:

BARRY STRUGATZ 
Director and co-producer, has made award winning short and feature films. He has written screenplays for Jonathan Demme and Michele Pfeiffer (Married to the Mob), Meryl Streep (She-Devil) and directed Melissa Leo (From Other Worlds ). The Professor is his first documentary. He has studied with several students of Cheng Man-Ching.

KEN VAN SICKLE 
Cinematographer and co-producer has shot many feature and documentary films including Marjoe (Academy Award), Hester Street, Close Harmony (Academy Award), Between The Lines, etc. He was a senior student of Cheng-Man Ching.

VICTORIA ALEKSANYAN 
Executive Producer

JOEL HIRSCH 
Editor
Was assistant editor on The Departed

About the Production:

"We've spent 10 years shooting this film and now it's time to get it out there. We are preserving a vital piece of Tai Chi history and knowledge before it slips away. No one has ever reached out to the international Tai Chi community to join in on a project. The world desperately needs Tai Chi -- for health and peace of mind. Help us spread the word via Master Cheng's wise teachings!" - Barry Strugatz

Current Status:


Post-production.

For more information and to support this project:

Film Website
Kickstarter Page

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