Project Proposal

Title:

Mindfulness and Recovery

Collaborators:

Mind Benders: Lisa Byrnes, Adam Bracamonte, Harrison Burton

Overview:

The core concept is to promote mindfulness meditation and its effectiveness in helping addicts in recovery maintain sobriety.

Intended Audience:

Our key audience are people who are curious about practicing mindfulness, or want to share mindfulness with someone they think could benefit from it. It can be useful for those who are in the process of recovering from their addiction. It can also be useful for people who want to reduce stress, anxiety, and just wish to relax.

Objective of Film:

The objective of the film is to show the audience that mindfulness is about living in the present moment. How it’s about observing your thoughts and feelings without judging them to be good or bad and awakening to experience.

Soundtrack:

The sounds the audience will be hearing are sounds of nature, sounds of the city, soothing music, and punk rock music.

Treatment:

 

In the United States, about 1 in every 4 families is affected by addiction. It is crucial that a spotlight is put on this practice which is proving to be effective against the war on addiction. Especially for those who are in the traditional twelve step recovery program. Mindfulness Meditation is a very powerful tool for recovery. But by itself, it will not bring eternal bliss nor will it be answer all of life’s challenges. What it will do is bring a sense of awareness and peace to those in recovery who practices it, which can lead to someone having their substance abuse gone.

In the film we will be interviewing a man named Enrique Collazo. Enrique is an instructor for a recovery group in Oakland and a member of a group called Dharma Punks. During the interview he will discuss with us exactly what mindfulness meditation is to inform those who may not have any knowledge of the subject. We will also be getting to know the story of how he came across mindfulness meditation and why he started practicing it regularly. After that we will be asking him why mindfulness is such a big part of his life and what it means to him. We want to ask him this question because we want to know how taking part in this practice has affected his life. We feel that asking these sorts of questions people will understand what our film is about.

Our group feels that interviewing only one important person in this field will not be enough information for the audience because everyone has a different story and everyone has different reasons for participating in mindfulness meditation. So after we interview him we will be interviewing a few more instructors in this field so the video will have more depth to it.

In the first minute of the documentary we will be showing you archival footage of people doing drugs, drinking alcohol, people fighting, family members arguing, and the consequences of being under the influence. Followed by the effects of what mindfulness meditation has on those who practice it. During this introduction the audience will be hearing people laughing, talking, clinking glasses, puffing smoke, etc., followed by chaotic sounds, such as shouting, car crashes, sirens, crying, etc. During all of this a group member will be narrating some information about addiction and mindfulness meditation. After that, the title sequence will appear showing the title of our film.

The body of our film will consist of interviews of instructors of recovery group and meditation groups. During the interviews we will be showing B-roll of what the person is talking about, followed by archival footage of people that have been affected by addiction. We will be adding peaceful music over the footage to give the viewers a sense what meditation is about. We will end the film by summarizing the film followed by an ending title sequence.

This project hits a soft spot for each member because each one of us has at least one person we know that has been affected by addiction so we would like to introduce this subject to give the audience an understanding of what mindfulness is and what it can do for those who have been affected by addiction.

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