Behind The Scenes
 

The basic therapy is love. Love is the imperial medicine for any illness or disorder. When a child feels they are welcome, when a child feels an educator is concerned about them, the child who came from violence and hostility of the streets, from being mistreated and who became aggressive. They change. The child changes.” – Father Gabriel Mejia

It is hard to imagine the horrors that are visited upon thousands of abandoned children living on the streets of the inner cities of Colombia. So what can one man do—through the power of unwavering love, awe-inspiring organizing power, and decades of grit and determination—to transform the lives of these “disposable ones?”

The David Lynch Foundation is proud to present the world premiere of the compelling documentary, “Saving the Disposable Ones,” directed by the BBC award-winning documentarian (and DLF.TV Executive Producer) Stuart Tanner. The full-length 60 minute documentary will be will be screened in select cities following the premiere on April 8, in Fairfield, IA. Based on previous viewings, I am anticipating an overwhelming response to this gut-wrenching yet inspiring video.

This compelling documentary takes you through the heartbreaking streets of inner city Colombia, where Father Gabriel Mejia is transforming the lives of thousands of abandoned children by providing shelter, love and Transcendental Meditation.

Although, the film is not available to see outside of the screenings, DLF.TV is showcasing a 7-minute extended trailer which has had a very similar response. You can watch the trailer and be a part of the conversation here.

ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY:

The film documents the work of Father Gabriel Mejia. Starting in Medellin in the mid-1980′s, Father Gabriel opened the first Center de Hogares Claret: a place where children could come for a good meal and a safe place to sleep. In the late 1980′s, he traveled to the United States where he learned Transcendental Meditation. He knew immediately that he had found the answer to the overwhelming stress the children suffered from living on the streets. As the power of the drug cartels waned, the number of Father Gabriel’s orphan shelters increased. Now, in 2010, there are 47 shelters under Father Gabriel’s direction, which are spread across all of Colombia. His center of operations in Medellin is the former home of Pablo Escobar, the now deceased drug lord.

As Stuart’s film documents, over time an extraordinary transformation in the lives of the children takes place. They are freed from the torments they endured living on the streets, recover from their drug addictions and begin to gain an education.

The David Lynch Foundation has currently provided over 120,000 scholarships around the world including tens of thousands in Latin America. The proceeds from this premiere will go towards the David Lynch Foundation programs in Latin America, including Father Mejia’s Foundation, providing meditation instruction to at-risk populations. The program is offered on a voluntary basis, at no cost to the school or organization.

Feel free to email me if you want to learn more about the David Lynch Foundation Documentary Series. See some of the projects that DLF will be documenting at http://dlfprojects.org.

The show sold out as hundreds lined up to get in...

Last Friday, March 19, Donovan and several talented musicians came together for a unique and memorable evening–a benefit concert for the David Lynch Foundation.

Over 1,000 excited guests packed the historic El Rey Theatre on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles. Live online streaming of the concert extended the audience to thousands over the web. You can watch the replay of the concert on DLF.TV at http://dlf.tv/2010/donovan-live/.

The evening began with performances by opening bands, Everyboy and Blessed Le Strange. There was an auction for a date with actor (and concert host) Matthew St. Patrick that reached $750, and a video about the David Lynch Foundation and implementing Transcendental Meditation in schools. David Lynch himself introduced Donovan, who appeared on stage around 9:30 PM (Los Angeles time). Donovan opened the concert with his classic Sunshine Superman, backed by the band that would accompany him on most of the songs.

Donovan played several of his well-known hits such as, Wear Your Love Like Heaven, Season of the Witch, and Mellow Yellow. He also played some of his more rare songs such as (my favorite) Yellow Star. Donovan was accompanied by a band and his daughter Astrella Celeste for the majority of his set.

Other artists of the evening included: Jerry Vivino, Scott Healy & Rick Reed (from the Conan O’Brien Late Night Band), Lanny Cordola & Matt Sorum (of Guns n Roses and Velvet Revolver), POE, Amrita Sen, Danny Saber (Black Grape/Alice Cooper), Poe, and Carla Olson (Textones).

The promotion for this event took on a life of its own. We had interview spots on every major radio station in LA including KCRW, Breakfast with the Beatles and 100.3 the Sound. Good Day LA ran a great interview with Donovan and Astrella, and LA blogs had a field day announcing the line-up. See an in-depth interview with Donovan on Huffington Post.

The evening’s hosts, Mathew St. Patrick and Adam Gaynor, led a charity auction in between sets. The items up for bid included a 5-hour private meeting with Donovan, in which he offered to talk on any topic, musical or private, with the winner. The auction began with $2500 and reached $4500. There was another auction for a coffee with David Lynch at his house, which started with $1000 and ended in $2000.

Adam Gaynor (Matchbox 20) and Mathew St. Patrick (Six Feet Under) hosted the evening. Love them!

A luxuirous converted movie theater, the El Rey was a perfect Art-Deco venue filled with Donovan fans of all ages.

The Great Donovan...

Bob Roth showed a video about the Foundation and introduced David Lynch.

David Lynch, Russell Brand (DLF supporter) and Bob Roth backstage discussing their next big idea...

Adrien Daller and Erin Skipper (not pictured) were my absolute heroes during this event. No one sees how much goes on behind the scenes, but these girls give their all and always with a smile.

Russell Brand, The Great Donovan, Emily Lynch (David's wife) and David Lynch.

We are big fans of Russell at DLF.TV (who isn't?). I love when he supports our events!

Photos are credited to Adam Latham. More photos and a replay of the event can be seen on DLF.TV.

UPDATE: APRIL 1, 2010

Lots of press generated from this event–before and after (over 300 articles). Some of the coverage included:

Rolling Stone

LIFE

Huffington Post

Filter Magazine

LAist

The SUN

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Legendary folk-rock-pop troubadour DONOVAN (“Mellow Yellow,” “Sunshine Superman,” “Epistle to Dippy,” “There is a Mountain,” “Wear Your Love Like Heaven,” “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” etc.) will headline a benefit concert for the David Lynch Foundation on Friday, March 19 at the El Rey Theater, 5515 Wilshire Blvd., in Los Angeles.

Doors will open at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

“The Beatles and I brought back from India the lost art of meditation. Now with David Lynch, we pass it on to thousands of students world-wide . Join us to help save the world! Change Begins Within!”, Donovan tells us as he prepares for the big night.

Donovan will be joined by his daughter Astrella Celeste and backing band Jerry Vivino, Scott Healy & Mike Merritt (from the Conan O’Brien late night band), Danny Saber (on guitar) with special guests Jack Maness (Sublime), The Global Sound Lodge featuring Lanny Cordola & Matt Sorum (of Guns n Roses, Velvet Revolver, The Cult), Amrita Sen and more TBA.

Mathew St. Patrick, from Six Feet Under, will host the evening performances.

“This will be a unique and heartfelt performance that every music lover will want to experience,” said concert promoter Jason Rothberg.

For information and interviews, contact Heather Hartnett heather@dlf.tv.

* General Admission: $25.00
* VIP Tickets: $110 (includes a meet and greet with Donovan after the show & VIP seating)

Schedule

* 7:30 pm: Doors open
* 8:30 pm: Bruce Nathan (Every Boy) on vox
* 9:00 pm: Blessed the Strange
* 9:35 pm: Jack Maness (Sublime)
* 10:00 pm: Donovan & Friends – Donovan will be joined by daughter, Astrella Celeste, Jerry Vivino, Scott Healy & Rick Reed (from the Conan O’Brien Late Night Band). Throughout Donovan’s set, he will be also be joined by special guests, Lanny Cordola & Matt Sorum (of Guns n Roses and Velvet Revolver), POE, Amrita Sen, Danny Saber (Black Grape/Alice Cooper), Matt Costa, Ruby Friedman, Bob Forrest (Thelonious Monster) and Carla Olson (Textones)
* 11:30 pm: The Paris Escovedo Project

Backgrounder

About Donovan — www.Donovan.ie

Donovan was one of the few artists to collaborate on songs with Beatles Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison. Donovan has played with folk greats Pete Seeger, Joan Baez and Bob Dylan, as well as rock musicians Jimmy Page, Jon Bonham & Jon Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck as well as Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones. Recently Donovan completed the successful album “Beat Cafe” as well as a new box set “Try For The Sun: The Journey of Donovan” and a book, “The Autobiography of Donovan: The Hurdy Gurdy Man” (Arrow Books).

Donovan is now heading up the musical wing of the David Lynch Foundation, fulfilling his 40-year interest in Transcendental Meditation. DONOVAN, his wife Linda, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are currently promoting Transcendental Meditation in schools.

Find Donovan on Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, Flickr YouTube and iTunes

About The David Lynch Foundation — www.DavidLynchFoundation.org

The David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace was founded in July 2005 by the award winning filmmaker David Lynch with the immediate goal of teaching one million at-risk youth to meditate. The Foundation has already provided over 100,000 scholarships for students to learn the Transcendental Meditation technique, as well as inmates and guards in prisons, formerly homeless men in re-entry programs, soldiers with PTSD returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, and American Indians suffering from diabetes.

About David Lynch Foundation Television (DLF.TV) — www.DLF.TV

In April 2009, David Lynch launched David Lynch Foundation Television (DLF.TV): The Online TV Channel, which, in David’s words, “Documents programs that awaken creativity and transform lives.” DLF.TV showcases high quality video content from David Lynch Foundation programs and events, debuts compelling profiles and documentaries, and explores all aspects of creativity.

Find David Lynch Foundation Television on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and YouTube

DLF.TV launched our exclusive and personal interview with supermodel Ali Stephens today. Possessing a welcoming beauty and radiating presence, Ali has taken the fashion industry by storm appearing in campaigns for Prada, CK Calvin Klein, Chloe, Gap, Lacoste, Alexander McQueen and Neiman Marcus, just to name a few. Ali is a supporter of the David Lynch Foundation and has been practicing the Transcendental Meditation Technique for over 10 years.

In this interview, Ali talks to DLF.TV about how she was discovered, how meditation is a part of her life, and what it’s like to see herself on the cover of a magazine. Read more about Ali and join the discussion on DLF.TV. If you would like to receive updates when DLF.TV released new videos, make sure to subscribe to our newsletter!

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Feb 09, 2010 13:50 ET [marketwire]

Non-Profit Partners With Leading Mobile Video Delivery Platform to Make Content Accessible on 200+ Million Cell Phones via MMS

LOS ANGELES, CA–(Marketwire – February 9, 2010) – David Lynch Foundation Television (DLF.TV), the entertainment branch of the Academy Award-nominated director’s peace and education advocacy non-profit, today announced a partnership with Mogreet — a leader in mobile video marketing — to bring DLF.TV’s video content into the mobile space. DLF.TV’s first mobile video will be a special music montage short, shot and directed by David Lynch, featuring Afghan-American singer Ariana Delawari. The promo is premiering on DLF.TV, in partnership with Flavorpill, on February 2nd, 2010. Shot in the director’s distinctive style, the short shows Delawari dressed in an array of Old Hollywood costumes, singing snippets from a number of songs off of her debut album, Lion of Panjshir, released by Lynch’s own record label. Cell phone users will be able to view the trailer by texting “LYNCH” to 647338.

As mobile messaging has become truly mainstream — more messages are sent/received every day than there are phone calls placed/received — Mogreet takes texting to the next level, namely video. Mogreet’s platform is utilized by leading brands around the United States to communicate with their customers. Most commonly used as a marketing tool by for-profit businesses, the partnership with DLF.TV is Mogreet’s first foray into the non-profit space.

“We are always looking for ways to expand the reach of our video content,” commented Heather Hartnett, Director of Communications, DLF.TV. “Previously, that reach was limited by the bounds of the Internet, so we’re very excited to be going mobile with the Delawari video and reaching interested viewers directly on their cell phones.”

Mogreet’s proprietary mobile video messaging platform is the first of its kind in the US, and has the largest MMS footprint in the country. The company can reach more than 200 million consumer’s handsets, across all major carriers.

“Mogreet’s mobile video marketing has proven its ability as an effective tool for for-profit businesses to reach their consumers directly, but there is a huge potential for non-profits to utilize the service as well,” commented Jay Goss, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Mogreet. “We’re very pleased to be partnering with DLF.TV on this first experiment in non-profit mobile video delivery and we hope that it will lead to future mobile video campaigns with DLF.TV and other non-profits.”