U.S Release for The Vintner’s Luck!!

What a rollercoaster! Thanks to Panorama Films, The Vintner’s Luck is finally coming to the U.S!! We THANK YOU for all your support, comments, shout outs, time and love. This is real indie movie work, and what I love about that- is the real response of real people on a real topic. We made the film to get into a challenging, spiritual topic…how do we contend with the truth that good and evil are one? That’s the human condition, that’s us. The film is both, the response has been both, and the conversations the film has inspired are moving and provocative. A film is for an audience, that’s it, that’s all, that’s everything. And my blog today is full of GRATITUDE for every person who’s given this film a single thought.

Our first screening was at the Sedona International Film Festival, where it won Best Foreign Film. Thank you that heartfelt show of support. When I heard that the film would touch down in the US at Sedona, I couldn’t believe it…it felt like the perfect city for this film, and… it’s the hometown of Za Rinpoche!! That’s a co incidence that’s more than a coincidence :)

We’ve posted new video clips of Za Rinpoche and Niki on our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/thevintnersluck
More to come in the following days! If you’d like LIKE us on Facebook. It’ll help us get the film to your city!

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Thoughts from Za Choeje Rinpoche on Duality

Thoughts from Za Choeje Rinpoche on Duality from: “Unity and Duality: When Angel and Demon are one.” Panel Discussion with Niki Caro, Joan Scheckel and ZaChoeje Rinpoche on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009 at the Rialto Newmarket, Auckland, NZ

Thoughts from Za Choeje Rinpoche on Duality

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A message from Jane Mason who attended the Vintner’s Luck special Rialto screening and Q & A on Saturday night.

What an inspiring evening! Questions were quite different from a Q and A I’d attended previously – more thoughtful, more probing. And as the audience settled in post the 10min mark, more open and honest. The Panelists were equally honest and generous. An experience that enhanced an already meaningful film for me. Thank you all involved!

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Check out these User Reviews from Flicks. Co. NZ

• A Good Performance all round
A perfect balance of mystique, incredible scenery, fairy tale and a dash of authentic realism of how life may have been.
This film requires concentration on all levels by the viewer.

Bravo Keisha Bravo Niki
By picnz

We ignored the critics – and often do and took off during the day to see this film yesterday. Whilst there are some scenes that we could see what some of the critics were saying, for the majority of the film we were completely swept away. One piece of advice is let this film wash over you with a good glass of red, it is stunning on screen and the international cast are a delight. The film is incredibly sensual and you will not be dissapointed
By blackwhiteandcolour

• Wonderful Vintners Luck
This film is simply stunning and we should be so proud its a NZ film. Great performance from Keisha and the other strong leads. Its looks wonderful and is a great emotional journey
By Missy

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The Audience Reaction to The Vintner’s Luck.

After the December 5th screening of The Vintners Luck, the audience had an inspired reaction. Photo: L-R: Neil Cameron of the Dalai Lama Trust Visit NZ, Director Niki Caro, the Ven. Za Choeje Rinpoche, Screenwriter Joan Scheckel

The Vintner's Luck Screening responses

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Audio podcast of “Unity and Duality: When Angel and Demon Are One”

We’re excited to share the audio podcast of “Unity and Duality: When Angel and Demon Are One” The Ven. Rinpoche, Director Niki Caro and Screenwriter Joan Scheckel discuss the themes of “The Vintner’s Luck”. We hope this will be the beginning of a wider dialogue with all of you. Check back soon! We hope you will post your comments and questions.

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Panel with Joan, Niki and Rinpoche to discuss The Vintner’s Luck

Saturday December 5, 2009

After the screening of The Vintner’s Luck, Joan, Niki and Rinpoche opened up the discussion to the audience about the themes of the movie.

The Vintner's Luck PanelThe Vintner's Luck Panel

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Za Choeje Rinpoche will meet filmmakers after the screening of The Vintner’s Luck

December 5th, 2009.

ZaChoeje Rinpoche will have a post-screening dialogue of the Vintner’s Luck to discuss themes of Buddhism and how they relate to art as well as the film. After viewing the film, Za Choeje Rinpoche stated;

I loved it very much. I think…the film is a great metaphor about life. It teaches… about hope, acceptance and balance.

ZaChoeje Rinpoche

Rinpoche studied at the Drepung Loseling Monastery and received the Geshe Lharampa degree, equal to a doctorate in Tibetan Buddhism. After leading the Mystical Arts of Tibet cultural tour in America in 1998, he traveled to Phoenix with a group of monks, where he found himself personally drawn to the desert. He decided to settle there and began teaching. On September 10, 2001, he, together with Dharma friends and students, founded Emaho Foundation.

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Niki Caro gives thanks to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Niki Caro gives thanks to His Holiness the 14th Dalai LamaNiki Caro gives thanks to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Saturday Dec 5th, 2009

Director Niki Caro was invited by The Dalai Lama Trust Visit New Zealand to give thanks to  His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama after his public address at the Vector Arena in Auckland.

Director Niki Caro and screenwriter Joan Scheckel were honored to meet the Dalai Lama during his visit to Auckland. Niki and Joan worked together on Whale Rider as well as The Vintner’s Luck. Both women share a deep commitment to bringing humanitarian issues to screen.

“Women have a special capacity to lead us to a more peaceful world with compassion, affection and kindness. And there is no more important time for that than this moment.”

-His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

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Dalai Lama to Visit New Zealand in 2009

On Saturday Dec 5th and 6th, 2009

The Dalai Lama Visit Trust New Zealand is pleased to announce that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet will visit New Zealand in 2009.

The Dalai Lama will give a Public Talk in Auckland on Saturday December 5th at the Vector Arena and Buddhist Teachings at the same venue on Sunday December 6th at the invitation of the Tibetan Buddhist community of New Zealand.

The Dalai Lama last visited New Zealand in June 2007.

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