Filmmakers crowdfunding for documentary on Vivekananda

A week ago, we pointed out that a new film is debuting in fairly wide release this month on Yogananda.

Turns out, the SRF founder isn’t the only one getting the Hollywood treatment, if you will. (Or should it be Bollywood?)

Turns out there is an Indiegogo campaign happening now for a film to explore the life of Vivekananda. There are about 11 days left.

Here’s a link to the film’s website and its Facebook page. And here is the fundraising page.

The folks behind the project do have a long way to go: They are just above $3,100 now and have targeted $90,000. (If I am right, Indiegogo still funds you even if you miss your goal, unlike Kickstarter.) Here is a little about the project from the Indiegogo page:

On 11 September 1893, exactly 121 years before the start of this campaign, an unknown 30 year old Indian monk stood up at the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago and single-handedly brought about a spiritual revolution in America and around the World. Swami Vivekananda brought Yoga and the universal truths of Vedanta and Hinduism to America. This film, Vivekananda, is the untold story of this remarkable and yet almost forgotten man, and the impact he had on American history and culture.

Vivekananda: America’s First Guru is a new film by Raja Choudhury andUniversal Quest. Our mission is to create films that inspire, enlighten and motivate us to change our lives. Our research is done, the script is almost ready, we have already started filming, our team is assembled and  some amazing people have agreed to appear in our film.

And here’s the trailer:

It looks like they were hoping for a January 2015 release — not sure how that timing would work. I guess it would be quick movie magic.

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