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SunFlower: A New Documentary

SunFlower is the feature-length documentary sequel to SunSeed-The Journey,directed by Amertat Cohn, celebrating the multi-faceted spiritual movements of the 1960s and ‘70s. We have embarked on another odyssey documenting the lives, and achievements of the followers of the past masters and their influence on thought leaders today.


FIRST STAGE DEVELOPMENT GOAL: $200,000

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Crowdfunding Objectives

•    To honor today’s world-wide spiritual awakening and the values of unity, mindfulness, peace, and happiness by taking the first step, the development stage of a documentary movie, SunFlower.

•    To raise $195,000 First Stage Development Funding for, SunFlower to be directed by Amertat Cohn.

•    To document the lives, accomplishments, and influences on today’s culture of the followers and disciples of the luminaries and Gurus of the 60s.

•    To answer the question: “What did the dawning of the Aquarian age mean for the world today, and to the people who participated in its first blossoming by following a spiritual path?”

•    To be a catalyst in the growth of spiritual awareness across cultures and around the world by featuring some of Today’s great teachers, gurus, and influencers

•    To fund SunSeed Development so we can spread wisdom, intelligence and environmental consciousness throughout the world.

You can help change the world by helping the development of this SunFlower!


…By joining us in continuing the Sunseed meditative themes of unity, mindfulness, and world consciousness and featuring many great Dharma teachers, cross-cultural religious leaders, and guides from the diverse traditions and schools, of which some are outgrowths of the SunSeed movements of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

The successes of the Ram Films movie SunSeed-The Journey (2020) and its website www.SunSeed.org are proofs of concept for the production of SunFlower (2022), we launched www.SunSeed.org in February 2020, rolling out with Facebook and Instagram advertising that quickly made it an online destination for old and new fans of SunSeed.

The Sunseed website features the GuruShop, offering rental and unlimited streaming of the movie, lifestyle accessories, and an interactive webinar  hosted by Amertat Cohn, The SunSeed WisdomTalks, with recent guests including Pir Shabda Kahn, Mirabai Starr, Jonathan Granoff,  Audrey Kitagawa, Sadvi Bhagavan Saraswati, PhD., and Krishna Das.

The www.SunSeed.org community is growing rapidly around SunSeed-The Journey. It has achieved over 11.7 million video views online with committed subscribers and seekers joining every day.

Sunseed (1973) is the history, SunSeed-The Journey (2020) is the inevitable manifestation, and SunFlower (2022) is the fulfillment, the next step in the evolution of this living movement.

There are 4.33 billion active, intelligent, globally aware internet users with discretionary income (56% of the people on the planet, 284 million in the U.S. alone, 934 million in China, 687 million in India). We have Global reach at our fingertips.

We can help change the world!

The Proposed Movie: SunFlower

Become part of the ongoing mission that started with SunSeed.

The new movie, Sunflower, is a new, epic adventure documentary movie. It’s about the lives and accomplishments of disciples of the luminaries of the ‘60s. We also plan to showcase new voices, new teachers of Religious and Spiritual disciplines, and social, environmental, and artistic mentors that have expanded the concepts of inner realization!

Wouldn’t you like to see and share such a movie?

The Story of the SunFlower Logo


As we look at your face, SunFlower, we see the heart of nature evoking the deep mysteries of the Divine cycle of life and the beauty of the Designer’s plan. In the SunFlower, we see the spiritual, the magic, and the wisdom of nature in her vibrant colors and perfection. The life of a sunflower begins with a seed. The circle in the center of the SunFlower is filled with seeds that hold the mystery of the beginning and the cycle of life. The essence of a sunflower reminds us our very being. An amazing journey begins and matures. It reminds us of the gift of the sunrise. We are inspired and ponder these things as have great thinkers, priests, teachers, masters, shamans, poets and artists throughout the millennia. Our SunFlower logo reminds us of all of this as it represents the movie that carries the story of SunSeed forward into the present.
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Sunseed was the forerunner, SunSeed-The Journey is the inevitable manifestation, and SunFlower is the fulfillment, the next step in the evolution of the ongoing living transformation in human consciousness.
 
We launched www.SunSeed.org/ and its online store, newsletter and webinars in February 2020, and it quickly became an online destination for old and new fans of SunSeed and spiritual seekers.

As a result, the www.SunSeed.org community is growing rapidly. It has achieved over eight million impressions online and more than 20,000 committed subscribers in just one year..

The growth potential is unlimited. There are more than 4.33 billion active, intelligent, globally aware internet users (56% of the people on the planet, 284 million in the U.S. alone, 934 million in China, 687 million in India).

With today’s technology, we have Global Reach at our fingertips for the first time in history!

Risks and Challenges
We will consider the funding effort a success whether or not we reach the initial SunFlower Development Crowdfunding goal.

All funds received for the SunFlower Development Crowdfunding program will be prioritized and applied to SunFlower project development, and ongoing expansion of the Sunseed.org Community in support of SunFlower.

Spreading the Word
After you donate, please follow us on www.SunSeed.org, FaceBook, Instagram, and YouTube.  Share our social media and tell everyone you know about us and our aspirations. Let us know if you want to be an influencer for this project (See “Be An Influencer” link). We welcome your contributions to our efforts in many ways! Thanks for your gifts in advance!
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Join the SunFlower Movement now!

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Director’s Statement
Back in the ‘60s, an entire generation was inspired by an idea: “How can we be free? How can we create a world of our dreams?”  

Did it make a difference? Of course it did. We began to create a new world through music, social activism, community and/or spiritual practice.  

I lived with and within the teachings and philosophies of these teachers and Masters of the Sunseed Generation. The movie was a personal journey, but it mirrored the journey of my entire generation and beyond, a journey which is still very much alive for many of US.  

Now, 50 years later, I am embarking on another adventure documenting the lives, accomplishments, and vision of the disciples and followers of the philosophies and teachings of the luminaries of the 60s. I am searching also for the new voices, new teachers of Religious and Spiritual disciplines, as well as social, environmental, and artistic endeavors that have expanded the concepts of inner realization.

--Amertat Cohn, the director of Sunseed-The Journey
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The Director
Amertat Cohn (born Fredrick Jack Cohn, October 31, 1943, Denver, Colorado) is an award-winning American filmmaker, businessman, spiritual leader, and CEO of Ram Films.

He began his career in visual media at 15 as photo instructor at a summer camp and then photo editor and photographer in high school. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., in 1965. While there, his photo art was exhibited at the Davidson Art Gallery, and he made his first film as part of its film studies program.

He entered the Masters Film program at UCLA in 1965 but dropped out the next year during the “Summer of Love” and moved to San Francisco. There he began a lifelong study of meditation, yoga, mystic arts, Sufism, and the esoteric traditions of the world’s religions, all while working in the top documentary film unit in the USA at KQED, Public Television.

His film A.C.T. Now (1968) received a Cine Golden Eagle award for Direction. He took on the name Amertat (Farsi for a Zoroastrian archangel) as given to him by his spiritual guide, Pir Vilayat Khan, while making that film.

He received a Master of Fine Arts from UCLA Film School in1973 for his direction of Sunseed. He personally enrolled the movie’s stellar cast of gurus and teachers to describe their movements. Its first showing was at the Palace of Fine arts, San Francisco in 1974 and later had its New York premiere at the Whitney Museum in New York City in the New American Filmmakers series, where it became the most viewed film in the history of the series. His film Elliott Porter’s World (1988) brought him his second Cine Golden Eagle award.

His photographs were exhibited as part of a group show at the Montserrat Gallery in New York in 2017. He has lived in the USA, France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, India, and since 2006, as an entrepreneur in health supplements, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ge also maintains a residence in New York City.

Filmography:
SunSeed—The Journey (2020)
Wynn Bullock Photographer (1978)
Zen in America (1977)
Sister (1976)
Elliott Porter’s World (1975)
Sunseed (1973)
Act Now (1968)
From Protest to Resistance (1967)
Fidel (1967)
The Krishnamurti Lectures Series (1966)

The Producer
Omar Kaczmarczyk is a motion picture marketing and production legend. He has over 50 years of experience in film production and distribution, consulting over 140 international co-productions and independent films worldwide. He originated the concept of segmented rights sales for movies that was the industry standard for decades. In the ‘80s, he was first to access the worldwide video market was on the Finance and Distribution Team for  Alexander Salkind’s Superman Superman II, Superman III, Supergirl, and Santa Claus The Movie. He then implemented presale rights licensing for numerous other big films. During the ensuing decades, he worked with credit Lyonnaise to craft many other deals and mergers. As CEO of LongTale International for eight years, he distributed independent films and supervised the production of numerous films at home and abroad. He is now CEO and founder of Imagination Amplification Media, an Intellectual Properties Asset Manager.

Filmography
God Lives In the Himalayas (2009) (executive producer)
Timothy Leary & The Art of Dying (2008) (executive producer)
The New Adventures of Pinocchio (1999) (executive producer)
The Lost World (1998) (executive producer)
The Eternal (1998) (executive producer)
Boogeyman: The Return (1994) (executive producer)
In Between (1991) (executive producer) (producer)
Pale Blood (1990) (producer)
Maya (1982/II) (executive producer)
Superman (1978) (Distribution)
Superman 2 (1980) (Distribution)
Superman 3 (1983) (Financing, Distribution)
Supergirl (1984) (Financing, Distribution)
Santa Claus The Movie (1985) (Financing, Distribution)


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Frequently Asked Questions

When will the film be released?
We hope to begin filming in the fall of 2022. All funds raised will go toward the development of the film.

I'd like to put a different name in the credits other than my own, can I do that?

Yes! We will send out a survey so that you can put whatever name you would like in the credits!

How does crowdfunding work?
SunSeed is a platform to fund ingenious, work-in-progress products and ideas for the SunSeed Community. Although contributing to a campaign is not the same as purchasing a product, when you support a crowdfunding project, you help bring ideas to life!

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Can I change the shipping address for my perk?

In most cases, yes. Here’s how to do it. However, if the project has already started to ship perks, or if you need to change your country, you’ll need to contact us directly at sunseedthemovie@gmail.com in order to request any changes.

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You’ll need to contact us directly at sunseedthemovie@gmail.com to request any change to perks, like color or quantity.

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