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Mark Elliott

CRESTONE FILMS

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A Place of the HearT

A Short Film About Crestone

 

FILMMAKER
 

Director Mark Elliott has been making films about Buddhism for 40 years, ever since he walked into Dharamsala, India, with a primitive video camera and made a film on Tibetans in exile at the invitation of the Dalai Lama. His documentaries are simple, straightforward chronicles, whether they tell the story of a person or a place.

 

Underneath their ordinary exterior, these films contain a wealth of information about the transition of Buddhism from Eastern to Western hands. By witnessing this transition, we learn a lot about the meaning of Dharma, too. While Mr. Elliott often resists being named a “dharma filmmaker”, and perhaps he’s right, there may not be such a rubric, still, ever since The Lion’s Roar (1985), considered a spiritual classic, by virtue of his choice to be present with a camera in the lives of his subjects, his films have opened a window onto the landscape of modern Buddhism unlike few others.

Filmography:

The Lion’s Roar (1985)

Eye of the Land (1999)

Under the Bodhi Tree (2005)

Yangsi (2013)

Bodhisattva (2013)

Nurturing Compassion (2018)