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The Sacred Run, the lotus and the feather

First Nation leader, Dennis Banks, with indigenous people from North America and Japan, were joined by volunteers from 14 countries on a ceremonial run finishing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Native wisdom is woven with Japanese traditions on this remarkable physical and spiritual journey of a diverse group of all ages, who voyaged 4,000 km along the Sea of Japan to carry the simple message, that All Life is Sacred.
The film is a stunning inspirational portrait of individuals committed to promoting peace, respect for the earth and all life, and to sharing the rich cultural diversity of the human race.
A lyrical film, it reveals that the transformation of the individual ripples out to infuse the world with more consciousness. We can create the world we dream of.

  • Andrea Sadler
    Roselle, NJ, The Red Shoes, Mythologies, The Sacred Run, the lotus and the feather, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, a dramatic retelling by Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk
  • Dennis Banks
    Key Cast
    American Indian Leader and Founder of The Sacred Run
  • Andrea Sadler
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  • Genres:
    Peace, Environmental Awareness, First Nations, Japan, Running
  • Runtime:
    55 minutes 17 seconds
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  • Language:
    English, Japanese
  • Shooting Format:
    16 mm, video and super 8
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Director Biography - Andrea Sadler

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1962, Andrea Sadler studied Journalism at Carleton University for one year and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production in 1987 from Concordia University, in Montreal, Quebec. She supported her education by working as a fashion model which segued into singing and acting. Over the years, Andrea has worked as an actress, production assistant, location scout, sound recordist, props master, set decorator, writer, videographer, film editor, photographer, event organizer, interviewer, director, producer, teacher and actor/educator.

Andrea Sadler’s first film, The Red Shoes, which she wrote, shot, produced, directed and edited, received international acclaim, appearing in numerous film festivals over the years, including the Berlin film festival and the Canadian Festival of Independent Cinema in New Delhi. She also produced, directed and edited, Mythologies, in which she also acted.

Following extensive travels in Asia, and three years of teaching English & French in Japan, she produced and directed the documentary film, The Sacred Run, the lotus and the feather. It was broadcast on the Hallmark channel, screened at the Cannes Film Festival and was shown at numerous international festivals. Andrea has presented The Sacred Run doc at various international conferences, schools, libraries and workshops. She has also created multi-media and fundraising events with the film. Local environmental, peace and social justice groups are invited to set up booths along with local indigenous people and performers to share, raise awareness and celebrate.

In 2006, Andrea Sadler married Hudson Valley storyteller, Jonathan Kruk, and is currently living in Cold Spring, NY. They have collaborated together as Actor / Educators, leading the successful workshop, “Shakespeare is Elementary” for Grades 3, 4 & 5 and other school programs. Andrea has recently completed a film project with Jonathan of his Dramatic Retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, filmed at the Old Dutch Church. Along with documenting her husband’s performances and assisting him with marketing and sales, she intends to complete a short film, Yuki Ona, which was shot in Japan, produce a Children’s Television Series, a performance film of Jonathan Kruk’s performance of A Christmas Carol and produce Jonathan’s stories into Children’s Books. Andrea also plans on writing her memoir and her first fiction book in the coming year or two.

Andrea is an activist for peace, social justice and environmental issues and has hosted peace walkers as well as joined other walks. She continues to act in theater, film and television and promote her film, The Sacred Run, the lotus and the feather. No matter what medium Andrea explores, her favorite theme explores balancing spirit and matter through the heart.

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Director Statement

I am most passionate about consciousness. All of my films have the theme of balancing spirit and matter. How do we as spiritual beings in physical bodies live on the earth in a balanced way with respect for all life? My mission as a filmmaker is to inspire the viewer and contribute in some way to their transformation from thinking they are separate to expanding their consciousness to the awareness of the unified field that flows through them and everything. This film, The Sacred Run, the lotus and the feather is very close to my heart and soul.