Women On The Path: Introduction
About “Women on the Path”
Women on the Path is a 7 year documentary film project initiated by the Yogini Project in January 2015 with the intent to will tell the stories of women around the world who are genuinely practice Buddhism in a variety of contexts, from accomplished teachers and yoginis to women at different stages of the path. The women to be featured are from very diverse locations in all 5 continents, which include Nepal, India, Tibet, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, North America, Hong Kong, and China.
The Film wishes to honor and give value to each stage of the practice and each context that women around the globe practicing Buddhism might find themselves into, as well as to bring inspiration and encouragement to generations to come showing images of authentically empowered women and their effect in the world.
Interviews To Date: First Phase
Ven. Tsoknyi Rinpoche
Ani Choying Drolma
Jetsunma Jamyang Drolma, Pharping
Marcia Dechen Wangmo, Nagi Gompa
Ani Drolkar and Pema Yangki, Chobar
Ani Gyen Tara, Nagi Gompa
Lama Shenpen, Boudha
Ani Thupten Wangmo, Boudha
Chloe Cramer, Boudha
Fionnuala Shenpen, Chobar
Arya Tara Dancers, Pharping
Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo
Tsunma Aileen, DGL Nunnery
Rita Gross, DGL Nunnery
Geshema Kelsang Wangmo, Dharamsala
Khandro Thrinlay Choeden
Venerable Ani Zamba
Women On The Path: What’s Happening Now
Autumn 2017 Update:
The continuation of filming for Women On The Path is presently scheduled for 2019 following the launch of our Yogini Fund in latter 2018.
Our primary focus in this time is to launch this landmark fund, with an initial seeding of $50,000, rolling out in one year’s time. A series of significant interviews with leading dakini scholars/translators/teachers in the United States are likewise being scheduled by our Content Director from this autumn through 2018. Stay tuned!
Following the Yogini Fund’s launch and these series of interview releases throughout 2018, fundraising and production of Women On The Path will resume in 2019 with that as our primary project focus for the following three years.
- Initial post-production on the first phase of interviews in India, Nepal, and Hong Kong, November 2014 – April 2015. – complete.
- Transcription of all Tibetan interviews (by Ezukhia, Dharamsala, India) – complete.
- Translation of all Tibetan interview transcripts and review by multiple translators for accuracy and lucidity. – last stage of review for final interviews.
- Production and release of “White Lotus” to accompany our International Version release, Late Spring 2016, featuring interviews with Tsoknyi Rinpoche and footage from Tsoknyi Gebchak Ling at Chobar in Nepal. – complete.
- Editing, post-production, and outputting selections for The Yogini Archives, YouTube previews, and what is reserved for final film material. – in process, half of interviews presently released, autumn 2017.
- Networking, tendrel and connections, and coordinating for upcoming interviews on 5 continents – Asia, South America, North America, Europe, and Australia
- Pre-production and logistics for our next potential shoot in Brazil, January 2016.
- Pre-production development of narrative aspects of the film: Day in the Life of 4 practitioners in locations on 4 different continents, to be shot in 2019-2020.
- Continued development of all organizational and fundraising elements to sufficiently support production of the following phases of the film.
- Networking with film crew candidates in each region of subsequent filming.
Phase Two: ‘Dharma down south’ – filming in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, and other locations in South and Central America
Phase Three: ‘Up north’ – filming in locations in Europe (south from Portugal, Spain, and France across east to Russia), North America (US and Canada), and continued filming in Asia in China, Taiwan, etc.
Phase Four: ‘The source’ – filming in Tibet, central and east in Kham
Phase Five: ‘Way down under’ – filming in Australia and New Zealand
Phase Six: ‘The auspicious conclusion’ – filming again in Nepal and India, and return to any regions where additional footage is required for the final cut
Phase Seven: ‘The weave’ – final editing and post-production
Preview Clip: Ani Choying Drolma
We worked with a diverse team in Phase One, and for Phase Two we are already aligning to work with Dharma film crew down in South America who we are already connected to.
For the remaining phases, we will need to add additional skilled members to our team, including a second camera person and sound recorder/technician. We are open to receive submissions for this well in advance of these phases. Those skilled and with interest may contact us direct. Please provide detailed information on your experience, dharma and film backgrounds, and some samples of your work.
Additional Equipment/Software Tools
Second camera: Canon EOS C100 Cinema Camera, or a second Canon 5D-MarkIII Camera
Camera rig: Zacuto Next Generation, C100 EVF Recoil Rig
Additional lenses: Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens; Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM or Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens