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The Vision Within

'The Vision Within' tells the story of a group of college students who travel deep into the heart of the Amazon rainforest to meet an ancient ‘dream culture’ living today in much the same way that they have lived for thousands of years. As they return home from their journey they must find ways to integrate their profound experiences into meaningful, engaged lives in service of their own inner visions and the future of our planet. The film is an exploration of the critical role that our inner visions can play in our lives, in education, and in awakening a socially just, environmentally sustainable future.

  • Michael O. Snyder
    Director
    A Simpler Way, A Day in the Life of Frostburg
  • Michael O. Snyder
    Writer
    A Simpler Way, A Day in the Life of Frostburg
  • Tom Bowling
    Producer
    A Simpler Way
  • Doug Baer
    Producer
    A Simpler Way
  • Courney Jacobs
    Key Cast
  • James Richards
    Key Cast
  • Celina Szymanski
    Key Cast
  • Max Green
    Key Cast
  • Jesse Wismer
    Key Cast
  • Julian Larrea
    Key Cast
  • Vickie Peck
    Key Cast
  • Doug Baer
    Key Cast
    A Simpler Way
  • Tom Bowling
    Key Cast
  • Michael O. Snyder
    Key Cast
    A Simpler Way
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Environmental
  • Runtime:
    38 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 6, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    35,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Ecuador
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital (HD, 1080p)
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Canada International Film Festival
    Vancouver, Canada
    Winner: Best Environmental Film
  • G2 Green Earth Film Festival
    Venice, California
    United States
    Winner: Audience Choice Award
  • Mountain Film Festival

    Winner: Sir Edmund Hillary Award: Mountain/Environmental Film
  • Blackbird Film Festival

    Winner: Best Documentary Feature; Nominated: Best Director
  • Wild and Green Shorts Film Festival

    Winner: Audience Choice Award
  • Cayman International Film Festival
    Cayman Islands
    Nominated: Best Short Documentary
  • Tassie Eco Film Festival
    Hobart, Tasmania
  • Matsalu Nature Film Festival
    Lithuania
  • Marda Loop Justice Film Festival
    Calgary, Canada
  • Global Peace Film Festival
    Orlando, Florida
  • Back to Nature Film Festival
    California
  • Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Green Un-Plugged Film Festival
    India
  • LA Cinefest
    Los Angeles, California
  • Asolo Art Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • Ecozine Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • The Film Festival at Little Washington

    Official Selection
  • Native Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • Jahorina Film Festival

    Official Selection
Director Biography - Michael O. Snyder

Michael O. Snyder is a photographer and filmmaker whose work focuses on the intersections of social justice and environmental sustainability. His photography has been featured in outlets such as The Guardian, Roads & Kingdoms, The Washington Post, The Wild Magazine, NPR, The Washingtonian, Political Science and Politics, and Beautiful Decay. As founder of Interdependent Pictures he has directed documentary films in Uganda, Ecuador and India. His work has been named Official Selection in over 30 film festivals and he has won numerous awards including Winner, Best Environmental Film (Canada International Film Fest), Winner, Best Documentary Feature (Blackbird Film Fest), Winner, Sir Edmund Hillary Award (Mountain Film Fest). Driven by a spirit of adventure, Mike has hiked the Appalachian Trail and John Muir Trails, cycled across Europe and ridden trains across Asia. He holds an MSc in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and currently splits his time between Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville, VA.

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Director Statement

The biggest question facing our generation is - how are we going to live meaningful, socially just lives that don't come at the expense of our planet. This film seeks to explore that question and the different answer that lies in each of us.