Episode 202 :: Gary McDonald :: The Fourth Noble Truth Movie

| June 21, 2014 | 0 Comments


Gary McDonald

Film maker Gary McDonald joins us to speak about his movie, The Fourth Noble Truth.

We’re seeing more Buddhism in film these days. Many are documentaries, there are two of which in various stages of production that we’ve spoken about on this podcast alone. But few expressly Buddhist fiction films targeted to a Western audience.

After Gary T. McDonald’s first film became a finalist for the Student Film Oscar Nomination, he was asked to participate in a special summer-long Method acting training program conducted by actor/filmmaker Dennis Hopper. Soon thereafter, Gary wrote and directed the critically acclaimed feature “Rape/Crisis,” which won the Grand Prix at the Mostra du Film d’Epernay in France and First Prize at the Athens International Film Fest. After being selected as one of four young directors to participate in AFI’s annual Director Internship Program, Gary was mentored by Ron Howard on “Cocoon.” Following that, he served as a producer on “The Thin Blue Line” and “Doctor Death,” directed “The Sea Wolf,” and sold a screenplay about John Dillinger called “Tommy Boys” to Twentieth Century Fox.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Casablanca.

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Ted Meissner

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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