Many things emerged from the energies of the 60s and 70s, and one enduring and effective institution is Seva Foundation, based in Berkeley, devoted to compassion in action. With a grant from Steve Jobs, founders included Ram Dass, Larry Brilliant, Wavy Gravy and Jahanara Romney, and when Dr. G. Venkataswamy joined, they launched Seva's Sight Program in Nepal and India, which has now helped nearly 3.5mm (!) people around the world to see again. This crisply designed film captures the flavor and fervor of the founders and the institution, with music from some of the famous annual Seva concerts by The Grateful Dead, Bonnie Rait, Jackson Browne, CS&N, Elvis Costello and others. Never doubt that a small group of dedicated people can change the world... The secret to happiness is helping others.
BIO: Will Parrinello has been making award-winning documentaries for 30 years. His credits include "Dreaming of Tibet, Little Italy, Emile Norman - By His Own Design" and "Mustang Journey of Transformation". Will co-produced and edited "Jack Kerouac: King of the Beats, Yen For Baseball, Sumo Basho, Unfair Game: the Politics of Poaching" and the multi Emmy Award-winning series "The New Environmentalists". He was director of photography and editor on "In The Light of Reverence", and director of photography on "Standing on Sacred Ground, Sumo Basho" and the Oscar-nominated feature documentary "Tell the Truth and Run".
Cast/Featuring: Dr. Larry Brilliant, Girija Brilliant, Jackson Browne, Amanda Marr Chung, Ram Dass, Suzanne Gilbert, Wavy Gravy, Blake Mycoskie, Jahanara Romney, Shwetha Sridharan, Dr. Chundak Tenzing
Executive Producer(s): Aaron Simon, Tamara Klamner, Jack Blanks
Producer(s): Will Parrinello
Director(s): Will Parrinello
Screenwriter(s): Will Parrinello
Cinematographer(s): Joe Raffanti, Barry Schienberg
Editor(s): Quinn Costello
Composer(s)/Music: Steve Messina & Rich Kern - Blow Up Hollywood, APM Music, Jackson Browne, John R. Hiatt, David Crosby, Declan MacManus, Robert C. Hunter and Robert Hall Weir
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