November 26, 2018 Share

Art of Living Well Series at Hopewell Theater: Inspiring Films, Speakers and Performances

Featuring Gifted Musician and Healer Suzin Green on December 6 & May 14 and Yoga Master Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar’s Interactive Sound Experience and Meditation on April 27

Hopewell Theater’s Art of Living Well series features inspiring films, performances, speakers and interactive discussions exploring ways of cultivating serenity, meaning and a deeper connection to one’s self and the world. The spring season will feature three concerts where patrons can explore the power of sound to uplift and heal.

The overall series, which launched in April 2018, gives audiences a chance to delve deep into discovering what it means to fully embrace life and cultivate a sense of serenity from a variety of perspectives. These inspirational programs explore avenues for awakening to the best in the human spirit.

Powerful performances by gifted musician/healer Suzin Green and sound healing master Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar are highlights of the series. Green brings the art and science of mantra to Hopewell Theater on December 6, 2018 and she will perform an experiential concert on February 7, 2019. World-renowned master of naada yoga (the yoga of sound) Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar brings his internationally renowned interactive program on sound experience and meditation to Hopewell Theater on April 27, 2019.

Upcoming programs in Hopewell Theater’s The Art of Living Well series include:

Dying to Know: Ram Dass and Timothy Leary documentary film on Tuesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m.
“Dying to Know” is an intimate portrait celebrating two very complex, controversial characters in an epic friendship that shaped a generation. In the early 1960s Harvard psychology professors Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert began probing the edges of consciousness through their experiments with psychedelics. With interviews spanning 50 years the film invites us into the future encouraging us to ponder questions about life, drugs & the biggest mystery of all: death. Robert Redford’s iconic voice as narrator gives a classic American feel and tone. Dillingham, the Producer/Director has contributed on & off 17 years of her life to this labor of love. She uncovers the wisdom these two men have as they continue to guide us on the next revolution – a right to access our own consciousnesses and our own death. Directed by Gay Dillingham. Runtime: 99 mins. Rating: NR

Experience the Art & Science of Mantra* performance with Suzin Green on Thursday, December 6 at 8:00 p.m.
Experience the awesome power of yogic chant. While many have discovered the tremendous benefits of yoga and meditation, far fewer have discovered the power of mantra. Yet this ancient yogic path offers extraordinarily relevant tools for our 21st century lives. Storytelling, poetry, and insightful commentary combine with experiential chanting, offering audiences easy access to this potent mind/body medicine. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced chanters are always welcome. Great for yoga students and teachers wishing to deepen their practice.

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City documentary film on Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00 p.m.
In 1960 Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. This film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions. Directed by Matt Tyrnauer. Runtime: 92 mins. Rating: NR

It’s A Wonderful Life film on Tuesday, December 25 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 29 at 4:30 p.m.
The holiday classic to define all holiday classics, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE is one of a handful of films worth an annual viewing. George Bailey has so many problems he is thinking about ending it all – and it’s Christmas! As the angels discuss George, we see his life in flashback. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence – who then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years. Directed by Frank Capra. Runtime: 135 mins. Rating: PG. Common Sense Media Rating: Ages 9+

The Professor: Tai Chi’s Journey West documentary film on Tuesday, January 8 at 7:00 p.m.
The Professor: Tai Chi’s Journey West is the first major feature documentary about Tai Chi and one of its greatest masters, Cheng Man-Ching, a man who brought Tai Chi and Chinese culture to the West during the swinging, turbulent 60’s. Though Cheng is an important transformational figure, his teachings have been overlooked. This documentary film tells the story of his remarkable life and features Tai Chi as a martial art and a spiritual practice. Over the past decade, we have shot approximately fifty hours of footage in New York, North Carolina, and California. Directed by Barry Strugatz. Runtime: 72 mins. Rating: NR

Finding Joe documentary film on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
In the early 20th century, while studying world mythology, Joseph Campbell discovered a pattern hidden in every story ever told and he called it “the heroes journey”. A truly inspirational film, FINDING JOE takes us on the ultimate heroes journey: the journey of self-discovery. As you slay dragons and uncover treasures, you just may find that the Holy Grail you seek is closer than you think. Featuring: Deepak Chopra, Mick Fleetwood, Rashida Jones, Tony Hawk, Catherine Hardwicke, Laird Hamilton, Robert Walter, Akiva Goldsman, Sir Ken Robinson, Robin Sharma, Lynne Kaufman, Alan Cohen, Brian Johnson, Joseph Marshall III, Rebecca Armstrong, Chungliang Al Huang, David L. Miller, Gay Hendricks, David Loy and Norman Ollestad. Directed by Patrick Takaya Solomon.
Runtime: 80 mins. Rating: NR.

Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago documentary film on Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m.
500 miles on foot. Bunk-beds. Blisters. Stunning landscapes. World-class snorers. Hot searing sun, freezing cold rain. Kindness from strangers. Debilitating injury. Unexpected romance. No toilet paper when you really need it. Profound grief and deep doubt. Hunger. Laughing with new friends. Total exhaustion. You are guaranteed to experience all of this when walking the ancient pilgrim path, the Camino de Santiago. Walking the Camino is an up-close look at one of humanity’s most time-honored traditions. By following pilgrims from all walks of life as they attempt to cross an entire country on foot with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an open mind, we witness the Camino’s magnetic and miraculous power to change lives. Driven by an inexplicable calling and a grand sense of adventure, each pilgrim throws themselves heart-and-soul into their physical trek to Santiago and, most importantly, their personal journey to themselves. Directed by Lydia B. Smith. Runtime: 84 mins. Rating: NR

Travel Sonic Pathways: An Experiential Concert with Suzin Green* on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Travel the vibrant pathways of pure sound. Green’s astounding vocals, Johnson’s powerful percussion grooves, and Spiker’s virtuoso guitars create a pulsing sonic landscape that weaves the power of ecstatic chant, tribal beats, and digital sound waves. Their music will take you on a transformational journey inspired by the majesty and depth of the human soul.

“Mesmerizing…will take you to other levels of consciousness.” – L.A. Yoga Magazine
“Suzin’s chants are sophisticated and roomy, highlighting her soothing tones, huge vibrato, and deep spirit.” – Yoga Chicago Magazine

“Deep, trance-inducing mantra music.” – Bhakti Beat

Evolution of Organic documentary film on Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m.
From filmmaker Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the Sixties, A Fierce Green Fire) comes a new film: Evolution of Organic. It’s the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement. A motley crew of back-to-the-landers, spiritual seekers and farmers’ sons and daughters reject chemical farming and set out to explore organic alternatives. It’s a heartfelt journey of change, from a small band of rebels to a cultural transformation in the way we grow and eat food. By now organic has gone mainstream, split into an industry oriented toward bringing organic to all people and a movement that has realized a vision of sustainable agriculture. It’s the most popular and successful outgrowth of the environmental impulse of the last fifty years. Directed by Mark Kitchell.
Runtime: 77 mins. Rating: NR

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf documentary film on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m.
After completing a feature documentary on New York’s High Line, award-winning filmmaker Thomas Piper met the inspirational designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf, and the idea for a new project was born. The documentary, FIVE SEASONS: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas. Piet Oudolf has radically redefined what gardens can be. As Rick Darke, the famous botanist, says to Piet in the film, “your work teaches us to see what we have been unable to see.” Through poetic cinematography and unique access, FIVE SEASONS will reveal all that Piet sees, and celebrate all that we as viewers have been unable to see. Directed by Mark Kitchell. Runtime: 77 mins. Rating: NR

AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda documentary film and discussion with Rama Ramanathan on March 19 at 7:00 p.m.
AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. The post-film discussion will be led by Rama Ramanathan, a certified yoga instructor who has been teaching since 1985. He studied at the Sivananda Yoga Centers, under Martin Bland, the centenarian yogi Swami Bua, and also Srivatsa Ramaswami.

The Gardener documentary film on Tuesday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m.
The Gardener is a documentary reflecting on the meaning of gardening and its impact on our lives. Shortly before his passing at the age of 86, influential gardener and horticulturalist Frank Cabot recounts his personal quest for perfection at Les Quatre Vents, his 20 acres English style garden and summer estate. Nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Charlevoix County in Quebec, Les Quatre Vents has become one of the world’s foremost private gardens. Created over three generations, it is an enchanted place of beauty and surprise, a horticultural masterpiece of the 21st century. Through the words of Cabot and his family, and with the participation of gardening experts and writers, the lm looks back at this remarkable man’s personal story and the artistic philosophy that gave birth to one of the greatest gardens in the world. Directed by Sébastien Chabot. Runtime: 88 mins. Rating: NR

Sound Experience and Meditation* concert with Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar on April 27, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar is a Master of Naada Yoga, the creator of Microchakra Psychology and founder of InnerTuning® systems. His international network of students and professionals learn his methods at centers in New York City, New Hope, PA and Europe. Shyamji has played tambura with Ravi Shankar, Pran Nath and Amir Khan. His interactive mantra meditation concert offers a rare opportunity to experience authentic, traditional mantra chanting by a world-renowned master of naada yoga, the yoga of sound, as a vehicle of spiritual attainment and as a healing art.

Mantra — Sounds into Silence documentary film, post-film discussion and short mantra practice with Suzin Green on May 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Mantra — Sounds into Silence is a feature-length documentary that explores the musical and social phenomenon of chant and response meditation. The film will be followed by a discussion and mantra practice with transformational healer Suzin Green.

About Hopewell Theater

Hopewell Theater offers a range of unique cultural experiences, from independent film and live music to guest speakers, artists and performances. Patrons can dine-in on small plates from local restaurants or just come for the show. Film buffs will particularly enjoy a state-of-the-art movie theater in Hopewell, NJ with a dine-in menu. A landing spot, a launch pad, and an incubator, Hopewell Theater is also a place where artists can play, practice, perform or show their passion project on the big screen. The theater is available to rent, at both hourly and day-rates.