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Into Light

A group of public school teens tackle depression using tools learned from a course in Mindful Studies - the first, for-credit, semester-long class of its kind.

  • Julie Bayer
    Time & Tide, Just Breathe
  • Josh Salzman
    Time & Tide, Just Breathe
  • Julie Bayer
  • Julie Bayer
  • Malik
    Key Cast
  • Maddie
    Key Cast
  • Jared
    Key Cast
  • Kavi
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
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  • Runtime:
    13 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 28, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Julie Bayer, Josh Salzman

Julie and her partner, Josh Salzman, made their directorial debut with “Time & Tide”, a documentary about the impact of globalization and global warming on the tiny South Pacific nation of Tuvalu. The film garnered numerous film festival awards, screened internationally, and was broadcast in the US on PBS.

Julie's sensitivity to subject and subject matter was fully realized and recognized in the widely celebrated short film “Just Breathe” - a film about the power of mindfulness to transform anger, as articulated by a group of elementary school kids. The unscripted piece was showcased on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday program in April 2015, plays internationally at children's film festivals and has so far been translated into Spanish, Italian, German and Hungarian.

Often with her hand in many pots, Julie is currently in development on a feature about mindfulness education. She's also writing an animated screenplay based on the true story of the two homeless dogs her family adopted, and developing commercial projects centered on sustainable and progressive businesses. When she’s not working, you can usually find her wandering in the hills, camera in hand and dogs in tow; hanging out with her tribe; or just at home digging in the dirt.

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Director Statement

Five years ago, if you had told me I'd be doing films about mindfulness and kids, I'd have thought you were crazy; but life has a way of taking you down unforeseen paths, and thankfully this is one that is far deeper and more enriching than I could have ever designed myself. I see my work now as a form of group therapy - exposing people to the idea of taking an inward journey, of healing oneself in order to heal the collective. As a filmmaker, I recognize there are plenty of people telling stories; I endeavor to enlighten, inform and engage people in a meaningful and transformative way. My hope is that our work helps open minds and hearts to what is possible, so that we can achieve our full potential as humans on this planet, at this time.