Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Film: Enlighten Up

Yoga's pretty hot right now, but not everyone has jumped on the downward dog wagon. In recent documentary Enlighten Up, New York yoga-skeptic and journalist Nick Rosen proves to be one of these aforementioned dissenters. While filmmaker Kate Churchill makes it her mission to convert Rosen to an om-loving yogi through a guided tour of the world's leading teachers, disciplines, and environments, her subject continues to declare himself "not a spiritual guy". Rosen is pretty annoying, but the movie shines through with beautiful cinematography and inspiring interviews - fierce guru BKS Iyengar and NYC teacher Dharma Mitra, to name a few. Equally edutaining for the new and seasoned yogis, Enlighten Up brings a refreshing perspective - it focuses less on the western-obsessed physical asana practice, and more on using yoga to become a better person. CW can get down with that, any day.

1 comment:

Kate said...

Thanks for your interest in our film, Enlighten Up!. We are working on a national release which we should have more details on soon. For now, we wanted to update your readers of our plans for September and October. For more details, please visit our website:

Enlighten Up! screens in Boston, Boulder, San Francisco and Brazil

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Friday, 9/12
8:00 pm Premiere
Saturday, 9/13
12:20 pm co-presented by TiE’s Women’s Initiative
7:45 pm co-presented by & DuVine Adventures
Sunday, 9/14
10:30 am
8:00 pm co-presented by Global Mala Boston

Kendall Square Cinema, Cambridge
Friday, 9/19 – Thursday, 9/25
(11:15), 1:50, 4:15, 7:15, 9:20 (11:15 shows Saturday and Sunday)

REI co-presents Friday, 9/19 screenings:
free yoga at 1:15pm, 3:30pm and 6:30pm
REI free gear giveaways
filmmakers present for evening shows

Healthworks Fitness Centers co-presents 9/20 screenings (all except 9:20):
free yoga at 1:15pm, 3:30pm and 6:30pm
Healthworks free gear giveaways and class passes
filmmakers present for evening shows

Whole Foods Market co-presents 9/24 screenings (all except 1:50):
free yoga at 3:30pm and 6:30pm
Whole Foods gift coupons and free gear giveaways
filmmakers present for evening shows

Boulder Theater
Tuesday, September 30

San Francisco International Documentary Film festival

Sao Paulo International Film Festival