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Planting Seeds of Mindfuness Movie

The Mixed Media Documentary is based on the bestselling book Planting Seeds of Mindfulness for Children by Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and world renowned Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. The
Award Winning MOVIE SOUNDTRACK features legendary artist Tina Turner.

Starring Thich Nhat Hanh “Thay” and interviews with Parents, Children, Teens and Educators. The narrative documentary features TV Star Orlando Jones as an animated character, and his son Jasper, A Vietnamese African American Teenager whose family has just moved to a new neighbourhood, and a new school to be closer to Jasper´s charming and wise Zen master like Grandfather.

At his new school Jasper is confronted with bullying, anger, and stress. He uses the techniques that his grandfather taught him to transform difficult situations at home and at school.
Jasper, his family and his friends reveal to all of us that mindfulness and meditation are forces for social good.

  • Gregory Kennedy-Salemi
    The 5 Powers Movie
  • Stuart Jolley
    The 5 Powers Movie
  • Gail Silver
    Anh's Anger Book
  • Julia Socea
  • Gregory Kennedy-Salemi
    The 5 Powers Movie
  • E.P. Noam Dromi
    Dolphin Tale, 2015 Emmy Award
  • E.P. Orlando Jones
    Sleepy Hollow
  • Orlando Jones
    Key Cast
    Sleepy Hollow
  • Tina Turner - Music Soundtrack
    Key Cast
    Tiny Dancer
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 12 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 30, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    350,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    France, United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Illuminate Film Festival
    United States
    June 4, 2016
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Gregory Kennedy-Salemi, Stuart Jolley

Gregory´s is of African, French, Mexican, Irish & Native American (Itakapa & Blackfoot,) ancestry spanning over 300+ years in the USA. His Grandmother personally knew Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Gregory´s mother and father were also active in the civil rights movement and marched with Dr. King in Chicago in the 1960´s.

Gregory studied computer science and international relations at DePaul University in Chicago, where he won a National Collegiate award for excellence and service, while simultaneously working as a Unix computer systems manager for a silicon valley based tech company. Gregory has raised over $500,000 on several crowdfunding projects, and has developed numerous social and environmental good initiatives in collaboration with NGO´s, universities, educators, students, and world renowned change makers including Dr. Jane Goodall in Africa and Europe.

For the past 5 years he has been working with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay), on two mindfulness based social change projects. Planting Seeds of Mindfulness Planting Seeds of Mindfulness featuring Thich Nhat Hanh, Tina Turner (Music), Orlando Jones & The 5 Powers Movie that won the best movie award at the People´s Film Fest, Haarlem NY).

in 2016 Gregory was invited to the Googleplex in Mountainview to present the Planting Seeds of Mindfulness project and to Stanford University´s CCARE (Medical School) to speak on a panel and present The 5 Powers Movie to 250 Stanford professors and students.

Gregory is currently leading an Inclusive Social Change project called W.I.R.D. (Weird), Wild Idea Research & Development. WIRD is A Hybrid Centralised / Decentralised Ethereum Blockchain Cryptocurrency project.

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