Cast: James Sebastiano Jr., Russell Brand, Gary Weber, Sharon Salzberg, Rupert Spira, Joseph Goldstein, Jose Lopez Sanchez. We use cookies to analyse how visitors use our website and to help us provide the best possible experience for users. The Amazon rainforest spans 670 million hectares; Between 90-140 billion metric tons of carbon is stored in the Amazon forests; 34 million people live in the Amazon and depend on its resources; Forest losses in the Amazon biome averaged 1.4 million hectares per year between 2001 and 2012, resulting in a total loss of 17.7 million hectares, mostly in Brazil, Peru and Bolivia Get your screenplay showcased at the Writing Festival. The best cacao varieties require shade to grow. My role: Producer Tagline: Beyond Anxiety, Beyond Thought, Freedom is Possible Synopsis: Chasing the Present chronicles entrepreneur James Sebastiano Jr.’s four-year quest to understand and heal from mental health challenges and addiction. 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Teacher Joseph Goldstein (virtually everyone interviewed is male) advises Sebastiano and us to look at the rage and unhappiness in the world (the film was finished pre-pandemic, but in the middle of the world’s latest flirtation with nationalism and fascism) and “instead of seeing it as craziness, see it as suffering.”, And Brand (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “Arthur”), whose life and career have undergone a serious change of direction since he started musing over spirituality, consumerism and politics, advises, “Stare too long in a mirror and you’ll freak yourself out.”, Sebastiano has to find a way to “be present” for his anxiety and learn that “suffering’s an illusion.”. Bolivia, Peru y Brazil will work together to articulate the Amazon protected areas located in the triple border of their territories. That makes the Amazon rainforest the perfect ... WWF urges the adoption of an Amazon-wide regional approach that integrates conservation and ... Five keys for understanding the challenges associated with resilience in Amazon. Buy Chasing the Ephemeral: 50 Routes for a Successful Scottish Winter 1st edition, October 2016 by Simon Richardson (ISBN: 9780956036797) from Amazon's Book Store. Informed film criticism, against the grain –since 1984. – Charles Bukowski. And good on him for looking for answers, “reasons” for the way he was and the fears that dog him still. © 2020 WWF - World Wide Fund For Nature© 1986 Panda Symbol WWF – World Wide Fund For Nature (formerly World Wildlife Fund)® “WWF” is a WWF Registered Trademark Creative Commons license. “It’s not so hard to go to India for a month,” Sebastiano muses at one point, “not working,” shedding anxiety, thinking, accessing a famous Brazilian-born guru (Sri Prem Baba), questioning experts, say, the comic and comic actor turned philosopher Russell Brand. Buy Chasing the Monsoon New edition by Frater, Alexander (ISBN: 9780140105162) from Amazon's Book Store. By 2013, the area under protection in the Amazon was significant, with 390 protected areas, representing 25 per cent of the Amazon Biome, totalling some 167 million hectares. And the understandable reaction of the vast majority of an anxious, struggling humanity — even some of the target audience of such a film — might be, “Oh REALLY?”, Chatting with his father, James Sr., at a New York diner, we smirk at Dad’s side-eye, wince a little at Dad’s “I can fix your anxiety…a little right hand or left hook...You will be HEALED!”. Brazil is responsible for half of the deforestation in the Amazon, but deforestation in the Andean Amazon countries – namely Bolivia and Peru – is increasing. Celebrations began on May 05, 2015 and went on until May 09, during which period various activities ... Delegates of the protected areas systems, chiefs of the parks, community leaders, and local ... And expands an existing one. And as Hari moved us to the present and future, these personal stories came from actual extensive interviews with an amazing array of individuals, including:-- Chino Hardin, a drug dealer for years in Brooklyn, who started his business when he was 14 years old.-- Leigh Maddox, a state trooper who later turned away from the drug war. Because all the other interviewees from the self-help/self-actualization Meditation Industrial Complex can seem self-serving. Documentary Review: Finding meaning, shedding the self, “Chasing the Present”, Reviews, previews, profiles and movie news, Movie Review: Here's how they Screwed Up "Papillon", Movie Review: A grieving obsessive-compulsive falls under an Icelandic "Spell", Netflixable? Movies, Reviews,Trailers,Interviews and News, A monthly event... LAFeedbackFilmFestival.com, "Find what you love and let it kill you." The film includes interviews with leading experts Russell Brand, Graham Hancock, Zelda Hall, Alex Grey, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein and more. The definitive site for Reviews, Trailers, Showtimes, and Tickets Chasing the Present chronicles entrepreneur James Sebastiano Jr.’s four-year quest to understand and heal from mental health challenges and addiction. (I accept). Peasant farmers live in extreme poverty on the edges of the Amazonian tropical rainforest, surviving just enough to feed themselves. Government creates five PAs in the Amazon, Declaration on Protected Areas and Climate Change could be a model for other regions, WWF wants to unite development and conservation in the Tapajos basin, Protected Areas: conservation opportunities to face climate change, Deforestation Fronts in the Amazon Region: Current Situation and Future Trends a preliminary summary, The Brazilian Amazon: challenges facing an effective policy to curb deforestation, State of the Amazon: Ecological Representation in Protected Areas and Indigenous Territories, Guardians of the Forest: Indigenous Peoples Take Action to Conserve Nearly Half of Suriname, In Acre, WWF-Brazil promotes sustainability of acai supply chain, Find out more about the Living Amazon initiative here, Chasing waterfalls in Serra Do Divisor at the edge of the Brazilian Amazon, Expedition finds the Fire-Tailed Titi monkey and its places of occurrence are recorded, For more stories, subscribe to the Living Amazon Initiative newsletter here, Forest losses in the Amazon biome averaged, If current trends continue, deforestation could double to. The most interesting and famous guy to go down this rabbit hole, the one most given to calling out poseurs, including himself, is Brand. Amazon/BBC’s “Small Axe” — vivid, topical movie-making, “Red, White and Blue”, Movie Review: Hotties paint the town, and avoid ComicCon “1 Night in San Diego”, Movie Review: “The Chronicles of Melanie” document Soviet crimes against humanity, Movie Review: Kentucky siblings split up when “Men Go to Battle”, Action/Adventure Film & Screenplay Festival. There are fatal flaws with any movie about a journey of “self-discovery,” be it “Eat Pray Love” or “Razor’s Edge” or documentaries on “losing the ego” in a traveling spiritual quest (“The Last Shaman,” “The Look of Silence”). Welcome to the drinking blog with a film problem. Many of them. In the end, the rainforest disappears, taking away economic benefits from all who depend upon it for survival. “The ego must be crystallized to be dismantled,” counsels Sri Prem Baba. Sebastiano commissioned a documentary filmmaker, Mark Waters (“The Salt Trail”), to follow and collect gorgeous travel footage of his experiences and document his interviews for “Chasing the Present.”. But I have to say his scanty back-story — addicted to coke and other drugs in his early teens, moving to Amsterdam after college in Florida (U. of Miami? Amazon Forests Facts. Amazon deforestation is no longer an issue for individual countries to tackle in isolation. Credits: Directed by Mark Waters. More species are found here than anywhere else. Without him, this is just talking heads and pretty pictures and one guy’s “problem” being solved by limitless travel and resources. Released in 2020 containing music from Chasing the Present (2020). French cops play outside the law in "Rogue City", Netflixable? Maybe he has. It is essential to have integrated policies and concerted action across the region and beyond, as many of the pressures – oil and gas exploration, mining etc. James Sebastiano Jr. is an American-born recovering addict and Balinese vegetarian restaurateur/hotelier who took off on a circumnavigating search for an end to the anxieties that have both scarred and driven his life. Deforestation rates in the Amazon have declined over the last decade, but continue at an alarming rate. ), “flatlining,” restarting his life in Bali — just made me grit my teeth at how indulged he was, and how much better the movie would have been had he checked his ego, pitched the film to Brand and joined him and Waters for the same journey.

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