LAHS NEWS RELEASE
On this Thursday, May 4, our community is invited to extend our discussion on the power of gratitude with a free showing of the award-winning documentary, Gratitude Revealed. See the trailer here.
“An epic journey forty years in the making, GRATITUDE REVEALED from acclaimed filmmaker, Louie Schwartzberg, the director of Fantastic Fungi, takes us on a transformational, cinematic experience of how to live a more meaningful life full of Gratitude through his intimate conversations with everyday people, thought leaders, and personalities revealing Gratitude is a proven pathway back from the disconnection we feel in our lives; disconnection from ourselves, our planet, and each other.”
Los Alamos was selected to view this film for free as a community because Louie Schwartzberg’s team saw the NBC Nightly News story about the gratitude letters written at Los Alamos High School in Lynn Ovaska’s classroom last fall. They reached out to her asking if our community would like to continue the discussion of gratitude with this film.
The documentary will be shown for free this Thursday, May 4 at 6 p.m. at SALA. Student and Parents of LAPS students are especially invited to attend, as this is part of the Mental Health Matters series of films supported by LAPS Prevention Program, Los Alamos JJAB, Los Alamos County Municipal Court and Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. The first 25 students to bring an adult with them to the showing will get a free popcorn and drink! Viewers will be given a guide after the screening to extend their discussion of gratitude with their family and friends.
Gratitude Revealed will also be shown three times at LAHS next week on May 11 as an option for classes to attend and build on their discussion of gratitude.
Louie Schwartzberg is able to give this film to Los Alamos as a gift, due to a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation, with one request – that we view and share this film with others, connect with our community, and experience the gift of gratitude together.
Ovaska is grateful that Los Alamos can be one of these Gratitude Gatherings in the hopes that we can find thankfulness in our lives.
Are you ready to catch the wave? https://gratituderevealed.com
More on the filmmaker
Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer, director and producer whose notable career spans more than four decades providing breathtaking imagery using his time-lapse, and cinematography techniques to tell inspiring stories that celebrate lifeLouie’s theatrical releases include Fantastic Fungi, narrated by Brie Larson, the 3D IMAX film Mysteries of the Unseen World with National Geographic, narrated by ForestWhitaker; the theatrical feature, Wings of Life for Disneynature, narrated by MerylStreep, America’s Heart and Soul for Walt Disney Studios. His Soarin’ Around the World ride film is one of the most popular attractions at Disney Theme Parks worldwide.Louie‘s three TED talks have over 65 million combined views.
Schwartzberg describes why he made Gratitude Revealed
“For over 40 years, I’ve dedicated my life to making films celebrating life and the human spirit. From a young age, my parents, both Holocaust survivors, appreciated all the little things in life and the blessing of having children. My upbringing taught me the importance of living a daily life full of gratitude.
“After graduating from UCLA, I began to shoot flowers 24/7, 365 days a year and still have time lapse cameras rolling non-stop. To this day, I am in awe of the beauty of nature, whether oceans, mountains, flowers, bees, or mushrooms. Each day, I am thankful for the opportunity to film nature’s beauty and share my images with a worldwide audience with the hope that people are seduced by the beauty of this planet and fall in love with it and are willing to protect it.
“During the pandemic, I was moved by how society was disconnected, and the small things in life, whether meeting a friend for coffee or hugging a family member, were taken away from them. I felt compelled to show my gratitude for our world during such a complex and unpredictable time. I wanted to help people in desperate need of connection, both inner and external, and address the global suffering from isolation, stress, and anxiety due to the pandemic. So, I decided to make Gratitude Revealed. My goal is to provide an audience with an immersive cinematic experience. Through vignettes of everyday and remarkable people, we find the beauty in humanity and the resilience of the human spirit, and the desire to reconnect with each other .The film provides a global audience an opportunity to open our hearts and see each other with compassion and understanding and build bridges with those who think differently. In addition, the film provides the audience with a shift in consciousness on gratitude’s vital role in their lives and how they can work towards experiencing more of it daily, as it builds resilience, gives purpose, and health benefits in these troubled times.”
The Louie Channel:https://www.louiechannel.tv/browse
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GRATITUDE REVEALED ACADEMIC ADVISORY BOARD:
●Dr. Bob Bilder, Distinguished Professor UCLA College of Life SciencePsychology
●Dr. Christine Carter-Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good ScienceCenter
●Dr. James Doty, Director of the Center of Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University
●Dr. Adam Gazzaley, Executive Director of Neuroscape, University of California,SanFrancisco
●Dr. Dacher Keltner-Co-Director of the Greater Good Science Center
●Jack Kornfield, Ph.D.–Co-founder of Insight Meditation Society and Spirit RockMeditation Center
●Dr. Maylnn Utzinger-Co-founder of Usona Institute