• Short Films Showcase: Spotlight on "In SHAPE" Paid Member

    On his entry form, short film showcase contestant SeungAh Lee described his motivation for making the film "In SHAPE" like this: One day while I was walking down a busy city street, it suddenly seemed that everyone around me was controlled by the shape of squares. It was as though the shape of squares had cast a lengthening shadow on everyone's existence, obscuring people's bright and open-ended awareness with the dreary repetitiveness of day-to-day living, and in a way that no one even noticed. Lee's got a point. Right now I'm typing away at a square keyboard with square keys, staring at a square computer monitor that is sitting on a square desk. I'm surrounded by square-shaped books, notepads, and post-its. Thank goodness my chair is circular, or I'd be starting to get really alarmed. More »
  • Short Films Showcase: Spotlight on "Who Am I?" Paid Member

    For those just tuning in, tomorrow is the last day to vote for your favorite short film at the short films showcase. But unless you can convince a couple hundred of your friends to vote, too, then it's probably not going to affect the outcome (the $1,000 winner will be determined by multiplying the total number of votes by the average star rating, highest number wins… so really it's a popularity contest).* If the contest ended today, the winner would be "Anicca Sanpaku" by Zarko Mladenovic and Nenad Simic. More »
  • Short Films Showcase: Spotlight on "The Original Face" Paid Member

    I've been having a lot of fun watching the short-films showcase and competition. I really didn't know what to expect when we first called for entries. Would there be enough of them? Would they be any good? The good news is that the answers to these questions are yes and yes. There are plenty of shorts—25 in all—and plenty that make for good viewing. And don't worry—if one doesn't please, they're all under 5 minutes! The bad news? Well, there is none, except that only one filmmaker can take home the $1,000 prize. Also,  the two-week run ends on Friday. My latest viewing: "The Original Face," inspired by the famous Zen koan, What did your face look like before your parents were born?, or often, Show me your original face. More »
  • Short Films Showcase: Spotlight on "Buddha in the Bee Yard" Paid Member

    Counting today, there's only three days left to decide who our Short Films Showcase winner is going to be. I hate to sound like a politician, but (I'm putting on my stern face now) your votes count. This is your chance to alter Short Films Showcase history. All right, the politico-speech is over now. Let's talk short films. More »
  • Tricycle Talk with Alan Swyer, Director of Spiritual Revolution Paid Member

    The second feature in this year's Tricycle | BuddhaFest Online Film Festival is Alan Swyer's Spiritual Revolution, an interview bonanza with spiritual leaders, scientists, psychotherapists, and scholars. This means new, original content from many familiar Tricycle faces: Bob Thurman, Jack Kornfield, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, Shinzen Young, and John Makransky, not to mention a host of other spiritually-oriented and fascinating people. Speaking about the convergence of Eastern traditions and Western culture, these people—and their ideas—form the backbone of the spiritual revolution sweeping through the West. More »
  • Short Films Showcase: Spotlight on "What Does It Mean to be Awake in the World?" Paid Member

    Many films in our Short Films Showcase went for the tried and true technique of answering the competition's challenge question: they asked other people. "What does it mean to be awake in the world," an aptly-named short by filmmakers Fred Yi and Lauren Talley, stands out from the bunch precisely because they interviewed those among us who don't particularly stand out. You know, the Everyman! (Or in the lexicon of just-past politics, Joe the Plumber.) Except for Geshe Nicholas Vreeland, a Tibetan Buddhist monk and the abbot of Rato monastery in India, all of the people that Yi and Talley interview are just...normal people. More »