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New Film/Video Conference on PAMHO

Tuesday, 26 September 2006 / Published in Ads, Announcements, General / 4,693 views

By Nrsimhananda das

Premiering a Vaisnava Video/Film Conference on PAMHO (Vaisnava Film/Video Conference). The purpose of the dialogue in this conference is to nuture creativity and cooperation in the production of Krishna conscious productions. There is a vast pool of talent in the Vaisnava sanga, and many of you have abilities that can be combined with other devotees to broadcast the message of Lord Caitanya and His representatives to both the devotee and non-devotee audiences worldwide. This particular conference follows the protocol of accepting Srila Prabhupada as the pre-eminent sampradaya acarya empowered by the Lord to spread Krishna consciousness beyond the borders of India; therefore it is mainly, but not completely, an Iskcon oriented conference. However, there are many, including the ritvik camp or those who take umbrance with the Iskcon leadership, who nevertheless do accept Srila Prabhupada’s unique paramount position. They ARE heartily and enthusiastically welcomed to participate in this conference and be a part of the emerging film and videophile teams that will naturally form as alliances in offering Krishna conscious media to the Vaisnavas and general public.

I offer my humble obeisances to HH Bhakti Vaibhava Swami who inspired me with the idea to inaugurate this conference. As the producer of “Mother Ganga,” he and his co-creators have set a standard of quality for future productions. If you haven’t seen the video, you can purchase it from the many distributors around the world including, of course, ITV.

Also, I offer my most prostrated obeisances to Srila Prabhupada who wrote letters to me instructing me to “make films about Krishna,” and who supported Yadubara and Visakha dd in producing propaganda films for the Hare Krishna Movement. All respects also to Pancaratna das who labored under the weight of reel-to-reel video recorders in the 70’s in order to tape many Srila Prabhupada lectures. Devotee filmmakers as early as 1966 made films of Srila Prabhupada and devotee pastimes. I am in debt to all of them.

We have a unparalleled opportunity to use our interests through the agency of yukta-varaigya in fulfilling the wishes of the spiritual master. Everyone knows that films/tv is a magnet for the eyes and thereby a lure for the ears. We want to widen those eyes by the glories of our philosphy and practices, and we want to perk those ears by luring them to the transcendental images. I have many ideas for documentaries, instructionals, and promotionals, but I have been woefully unable to produce them all. I am such a nonsense. For example, we need films about “How to Perform Deity Worship in the Home and Temple”;”How to Be a Krishna Devotee”;”The History of Personalism in Religion”; “Why Change Prabhupada’s Books?”; “How to Build a Rathayatra Cart”; “Organizing a Rathayatra”; “How to Cook in MegaLarge Quantities”; more puppet and animated shows, etc. I have a lot of ideas. I’ve been working on the Srila Prabhupada DVD Library for three years with Madhuvisa d, Yadubara d, and Uddava Gita d. We are finishing V.3 which has 28 languages. It is being authored on 19 double-layer dvd’s. That has been my priority. OK, not really. My priority has always been my own sense gratification, but that’s what I have fit inbetween all of my selfishness.

ITV is not a well-endowed corporation. It is a 501(3)C nonprofit, charitable, religious company registered as such since 1993 in the State of California and donations are tax-deductible. Anyone can fund a production through our company. We have Final Cut and Adobe Premiere editing programs with various other software for effects, appearances, filtering, etc. There are two air-conditioned editing rooms and one duplication room/office. We do have an extra room on site for guests engaged in service. We do NOT sponsor visas, sorry; too much bad experience. We worship Sri Sri Gaura Nitai deities quite simply; I’m not much of a pujari. However, our morning program is complete, though streamlined. I make no pretenses about my devotional practice; I have yet to develop much of a taste for hearing and chanting (though I love to play harmonium and lead bhajan). ITV doesn’t have much laksmi to fund full productions, but we have been known to help if the conditions are right. We can also look for funding. ITV launched the first Vaisnava Film/Video Festival last year in Mayapur. There were 37 entries including one feature film! We gave the “Nitya” awards to eight winners who shared a pot of $5000! The video of the festival, including all the clips from the nominees, acceptance speeches of the winners, and the intro’s of the presenters is available from ITV for $15 on DVD. It is very inspiring. (www.itvproductions.net or 310-455-3195 ).

I’m always on the prowl for video editors and/or graphic artists. Haribol out there! Please contact me; we can do business!

So please write in your thoughts, hopes, facilities, dreams, etc. Share yourself with others in this field. Perhaps we will meet on the battlefield of production.

YS, Nrsimhananda das

2 Responses to “New Film/Video Conference on PAMHO”

  1. MichaelCorbin says :

    All glories to Sri Krishna and Srila Prabhupada ! I offer my humble obeisances to our lotus master. Nrsimananda das, I haven’t been in the ISCON movement since 1976. I know thirty years is a long time to say hello. Shortly after I left the Atlanta temple to return to college I came down with an embarrasing disease, bipolar disorder. It is incurable but not life threatening nor contagious. I never relinquished my faith in the Bhagavad Gita or the spiritual lessons I learned from Prabhupada. I became a photographer and also worked as a house painter. Just a year ago I got my first digital camera and my first computer. I have been learning how to use them, and I have been going to art therapy, painting pictures for about a year and a half. Have you any use for such a lost and worthless soul? I have been reading about the ISCON movement on the computer for a while now, since I learned about using the search feature. What I found most interesting about your post is the use you have put film and video to in you devotional work. I would be grateful to hear more about this, although my experience is with still pictures. I am living on the north side of Chicago on Lake Michigan. I ride my bicycle for exercise and frequently take the train to downtown Chicago to go sightseeing. I noticed that the Chicago temple has been having difficulty with their internet site, and I am unable to contact them through their website’s contact us feature. Still, I am living fairly close to the Chicago temple and I should go se them and bring this to their attention. Have you been making films and videos very long? I always thought that might be something I should have looked into. You can contact me at m-corbin@sbcglobal.net I am here all the time, since I am on the disability rolls. I live alone in an old hotel in a room about the size of a one car garage, and the only regular form of relief is the art studio where I go three times a week. I also eat at a sponsored soup kitchen four times every week. I am simply grief stricken at the loss of my old friend Sarup Damodar, and I contacted the Mayapur temple to recieve news about how the injured were doing. That hit me about as hard as Prabhupada’s disappearance. My doctor and several therapists all recorded a sudden increase of symptoms. We have to do something to get over it. I would be glad to hear more about your work, but at the moment I think I hear the yogurt calling me from the refrigerator. Love Always, Michael Corbin

  2. Phalini devi dasi says :

    Nrsimhananda Prabhu,
    PAMHO. AGTSP. Thanks for this great idea and article. I second the accolades for HH Bhaktivaibhava Swami’s “Mother Ganga” which I just had the pleasure of seeing for the first time this morning. Awesome. Except for some slight mispronunciations of an occasional Sanskrit word here and there by Mr. Douglas (who otherwise did a superb job), it is an exquisitely executed masterpiece, as far as my novice estimation goes. Very inspiring. Bravo! to the devotees who put it together. We need lots more documentaries like this one. These are cultural weapons that can pierce through the spell of illusion that Mayadevi has managed to cast over the people of Kali-yuga.
    We hope your surgery went well and that you are recovering quickly. Hare Krsna.
    YS,
    Phalini dd

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