A warm welcome to Eva Millauer as she joins our artisans’ gallery. I will take her advice and avoid putting her “in a box”:
I am not exactly thrilled to be put in a box as dancer, performance artist,
visual artist, film maker, poet, script writer etc, etc…
as my real movement is to meet you in the beauty beyond all of these ideas
of who we are.
As an artist and a human being, I always explore the same theme.
In fact I only work with one theme, which is not describable as a theme as it is simply the oneness in which everything manifest and un-manifest arises and changes and comes and goes.
There is an unspeakable reality beyond all ideas, identities and concepts and it is my vision to create creative spaces in which the experience and manifestion of that is allowed, supported and lived.
What we call ‘art’ can be a most wonderful gateway to a communication which is much more than what is visible as such on a canvas, in a moving body, a video or a beautiful poem. This is exactly what I feel moved to work with.
Is there an eternal part of ourselves? What has lasting meaning? Where do we find certainty? Rather than philosophical discussion, this film explores the possibility of living a life devoted to a search for answers, and the radical possibility that answers exist, closer than we can imagine, within our selves.
Closer Than Close is a deftly crafted and poignant tale that weaves the stories of a handful of seekers bivouacked at various stages along the spiritual path with the straight-talk wisdom of three extraordinary individuals who have seemingly put an end to seeking. This juxtaposition creates a compelling resonance in which we can see (if the angle of light is just so) that the seekers and those that have stopped seeking are closer than we think. These are real stories of struggle and despair, friendship and hope, but above all, insight. Put this video on your list, better yet put it in your player and see what happens.
– John Kain
Film maker Shawn Nevins works full-time as a naturalist with the Louisville Metro Parks system. His creative endeavors include poetry which has appeared in several publications, co-editing a collection of spiritual essays, poems, and photographs, and a growing interest in photography.
Shawn also has a helpful and informative website which offers “Ratings of spiritual teachers, guidelines for choosing a teacher, reviews of spiritual movies and books, discussion boards, and links to other spiritual sites.” http://www.spiritualteachers.org/