Elin Ahlstrand | Tinya Chang | Alex K Chen | Aidan Fitzsimons | Jonathan Iliff | Kenneth Shinozuka | Alex Zhao
Wendi Yan ︎
Wendi is an artist and researcher deeply fascinated by the emotion of awe and the egoless mindstates. She has won a Gold Medal, a Top 2 NH state portfolio, and 10+ Gold Keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Award, and an Honorable Mention in YoungArts. She recently published a research paper on the spatial elements of awe in Conscious Cities Anthology 2019.
Wendi just completed her freshman year at Princeton before embarking on a gap year to make this documentary. She has a deep faith in her friends’ story, which has been powering her through this journey. She plans to major in History of Science and Visual Art when she returns to college in fall 2020.
Cameron is an undergraduate at the University of Chicago deeply interested in the mechanisms of self-transcendence and their relationship to the Bodhisattva vow (to commit oneself to free all beings). Ultimately, he is concerned about what these insights mean for navigating global catastrophic risk and how they can be applied to mitigate risk.
Over the past 15 months, people Cameron highly respect - many of them in this film - have shown him the powerful capacities of psychedelics to promote healing and self-transcendence, thus piquing his sincere interest. He is excited to work artistically with the doc team and come to understand psychedelics, the mind, experience, and general project execution more deeply.
All Around Artsy was founded in 2009 by Kira Bursky, an award-winning filmmaker on a journey to explore perceptions of reality with each of her magic fueled films and projects. She is inspired by our capacity to heal from mental health issues and is driven to tell stories of our ability to transform our minds and hearts into a perspective of infinite possibility.
Kira has produced over 60 short films and music videos that have screened at festivals around the world from Los Angeles to Berlin to Beijing. In 2014 Kira was recognized as National YoungArts Finalist and was a finalist in the White House Student Film Festival where she had the honor of screening her work in the White House. In 2015 Kira was selected as the Best Emerging Female Filmmaker at the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY). In 2016 she was featured in Seventeen Magazine as the April issue's Power Girl and received the Emerging Artist to Watch grant through Le Couvent artist residency in France. Kira and her creations have been featured through NPR, Out Magazine, Pride and No Film School to name a few. Her YouTube channel has over 35,000+ subscribers and 16 million+ views. In November 2019 she created and launched an immersive film installation entitled "Considerations of Infinity" which runs through June 2020 in Asheville, NC as a part of her year-long artist residency with Vibe of Asheville. She is currently developing the script for her first feature film.
Cinematography | Sound Design
A multi-instrumentalist and award winning cinematographer, Robert Gowan keeps his life filled with art and music, blending his passions. Graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2007, he used his B.A. in music to teach, perform, and compose for film and video games. After writing and recording his first feature film score in 2010, Robert became more active in filmmaking producing music videos and doing post-sound audio. In 2016, he started his production company Other Southern. Using his diverse skill sets and teaching background, he thrives on connecting with others and assuming various roles, collaborating on team productions and solo film projects.
Robert has written and directed three short films along with his frequent film partner Kira Bursky of All Around Artsy. Together they helped produce the 6 episode documentary series ‘Psalm Space’ and worked on the Netflix comedy special ‘Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life’. In 2017, ‘Fake Emma’, Robert and Kira’s co-directed submission to the international ‘100 Words Film Festival’, won ‘Best Scripted Film’. Robert also won the New Orleans’ ‘48 Hour Film Project’ award for ‘Best Sound Design’ and In 2018, he was awarded ‘Best Cinematography’ during the ‘48 Hour Film Project’ in Asheville, NC. In addition to working in film both on-set and in post-production, he is still a performer, composer, live audio engineer and has worked with clients such as Coca-Cola and Yamaha.
Albert Grabb, MD
Director of Photography
Hal Pilkington ︎
Roy Tse | Louis Stall | Jim Onyemenam
Roy Tse | Talia Pittman | Gwendoline Blangy
Diana Davidson | Cammie Lee | Phillip Weaver
Elizabeth Petrov | Matthew Gwyther | Alexia Netcu | Sophia Zu | Conor Murray | Yifan Gao
thank you for your help
Michelle Abigan | Alex K Chen | Noah Eckstein | Andrew Zuckerman | Milan Griffes | Alex Renaud | Barkley Dai | Robert Pilkington | Julia Bornemann | Jean Camenen | Tanya Dudnikova | Everett Shen | Vayne Ong | Jianing Zhao