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Kino Lorber’s Alive Mind Cinema Channels “Crazy Wisdom” for N. America

Kino Lorber's Alive Mind Cinema Channels "Crazy Wisdom" for N. America

Kino Lorber label Alive Mind Cinema has picked up North American rights to Johana Demetrakas’ doc “Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.” The deal for the film about the legacy of the “bad boy of Buddhism,” Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, excludes television.

Kino Lorber noted that the film screened to sold out shows at New York’s Rubin Museum of Art where it will continue to play through December 18. As of December 3, the film has grossed $20,504 at the Rubin. Kino Lorber completed the deal two weeks ago, prior to the film’s Rubin screenings. The film also opened last Friday at the Laemmle Santa Monica 4-Plex. “Crazy Wisdom” will be released via DVD and digital channels later in 2012.

Full acquisition release follows:

Alive Mind Cinema is proud to announce the acquisition of North American rights (excluding television) to CRAZY WISDOM: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CHOGYAM TRUNGPA RINPOCHE, a documentary by Johanna Demetrakas exploring the life and legacy of the “bad boy of Buddhism,” Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

The acquisition was negotiated by Elizabeth Sheldon, Vice President of Kino Lorber, with Johanna Demetrakas (Right Out of History: The Making of Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party) and Lisa Leeman (One Lucky Elephant).

“Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche brought Tibetan Buddhism to America. His irreverent teaching style ignited a spiritual revolution that reflected the times and shaped American counter-culture. We are honored to include Johanna’s engaging documentary in the Alive Mind Cinema collection,” commented Elizabeth Sheldon.

The film opened to sold-out shows the weekend of November 25, 2011 at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City, where it will continue to play through Sunday, December 18. As of December 3, CRAZY WISDOM has grossed $20,504.60 only at The Rubin Museum. This past Friday, December 2, the film also opened at the Laemmle Santa Monica 4-Plex, where it was the second highest grossing film at the theater, grossing $5,500 (Fri-Sun).   

Plans follow to open CRAZY WISDOM: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CHOGYAM TRUNGPA RINPOCHE in selected theaters and cultural venues across the United States throughout the winter and spring of 2012. The film will be released on DVD and via digital channels later in 2012.

Director Johanna Demetrakas was present at the film’s New York opening and participated in additional Q&A sessions at the Laemmle Santa Monica during the LA opening weekend.

CRAZY WISDOM tells the story of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, known as “The Bad Boy of Buddhism,” who was instrumental in bringing Buddhism to the West. Trungpa also challenged traditional ideas of how a spiritual leader should behave (earning a rather controversial reputation for engaging in drinking and relationships with his students).

Controversies aside, Trungpa did much to bridge cultural gaps between his students and fostered a deep understanding of Buddhism. Today, more than twenty years after his death, Trungpa is recognized for his teachings by both western philosophers and spiritual leaders.

While his name still provokes both admiration and controversy, his place in Buddhist teaching is undeniable, and filmmaker Johanna Demetrakas uses never-before-seen archival material and interviews with those who knew Trungpa in order to take a closer look at the man and the myths surrounding him.

About Alive Mind Cinema:
Alive Mind Cinema specializes in documentaries in the areas of enlightened consciousness, secular spirituality and culture, engaging audiences with intellectually provocative films. Recent theatrical releases include El Bulli: Cooking in Progress, Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow, and Raw Faith.

About Kino Lorber:
With a library of 700 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent distribution for over 30 years and releases over 20 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics and Alive Mind Cinema banners. In addition, the Company brings over 60 titles each year to the home entertainment market with DVD and Blu-ray releases and digital distribution on over 15 internet platforms and VOD services.

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