May 12, 2012

Dr. James Freeman and Annapurna Pandey film-makers of The Myth of the Buddha’s Birthplace

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We talk to anthropologists Dr. James M. Freeman and Dr. Annapurna Devi Pandey as they investigate a controversial claim about the true origin of the Buddha and their film ‘The Myth of the Buddha’s Birthplace."  Returning to Kapileswar, a small village in the state of Odisha, eastern India that Freeman first visited in 1962, Freeman and Pandey search for an ancient stone inscription, which was discovered in Kapileswar nearly a century ago but has since mysteriously vanished. This stone inscription, so it is said, proclaims Kapileswar to be the birthplace of the Buddha. This claim runs counter to all established theories, since Nepal is generally accepted to be the birthplace of the Buddha.    In searching for the lost inscription, Freeman and Pandey make an unexpected and significant discovery. The villagers of Kapileswar have created a new myth about the Buddha’s birth and a new ritual based on this myth. ‘The Myth of the Buddha’s Birthplace’ shows how a modern myth has been created and answers the questions of the authenticity of the Kapileswar stone inscription and the credibility of the Kapileswar birthplace claim.

May 5, 2012

Filmmakers Jazzelle and Tess Sweet featured at Santa Cruz Film Festival

jazzelle2.jpg In this episode of It's the Way of Love, Jazzelle talks about her film Echoes of the Great Depression: Santa Cruz Occupied.  Jazz-elle produces social justice documentaries, music videos, and the award winning "Planet of Dreamz" music show on CTV.  Her recently produced video, "Echoes of the Great Depression-Santa Cruz Occupied", was screened at the 11th Annual Santa Cruz Film Festival. Her videos have been featured in film festivals for the last 5 years.  You can check out more videos at

tesssweet2.jpg Writer and Director Tess Sweet talks about her film I Love You Like Crazy.  Here's a little about the film which is showing at the Santa Cruz Film Festival: Dan is crazy. He's schizophrenic, he has delusions that he's a rock star, and he's haunted by the voice of a controlling band manager who doesn't actually exist. When he gets thrown in the psych ward again, he meets Melody, a feisty punk girl who teaches him how to love. Like crazy. For more information on Tess go to


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