Behind The Scenes


The meditation-based rehabilitation program offered by the David Lynch Foundation has been utilized in dozens of prisons throughout the US and worldwide during the past 30 years. Research on meditating inmates at San Quentin and Folsom prisons in California and Walpole Prison in Massachusetts has found TM practice markedly reduces rule infractions and dramatically reduces recidivism rates by as much as 50 percent.

Bob Roth and several members of the DLF.TV crew documented the early stages of the research program inside a prison in the pacific northwest. This five-minute documentary shows how the effects of Transcendental Meditation are transforming the lives of inmates, guards, and staff of a medium-security prison in Oregon.

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Here are the facts, according to the Report of the Reentry Policy Council: Charting the Safe and Successful Return of Prisoners to the Community:

• Two million Americans are serving time in prison

• 50% of the inmates are in for violent crimes

• About 67% of the inmates released from prison are re-arrested within three years of their release

• This recidivism rate has not improved over the past 30 years.

• Prisoners return to society more hardened and more willing to commit crimes than before.

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.


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

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.”