Indic Dialogue is organizing an online interactive session with the makers of the film – 1893 – The Year of the Yogi. Executive Producer Philip Goldberg and Director Nicholas Oscoff will address the audience with insights from the film and their learnings from the life of Swami Vivekananda.
Date: Sunday, April 23, 2023
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM PST
Venue: Zoom Meeting (Register for Meeting Link)
Philip Goldberg is the author or co-author of numerous books; a public speaker and workshop leader; a spiritual counselor, meditation teacher and ordained Interfaith Minister. A Los Angeles resident, he cohosts the Spirit Matters podcast, leads American Veda India Tours, conducts online courses and workshops, and blogs regularly on Elephant Journal and Spirituality & Health.
Nicholas Oscoff is an executive / creative producer. He has been working in the film space for over a decade producing commercials, branded content, documentary, and new tech (VR). Based in New York for the first ten years of his career Nicholas has been a 1st AD, line producer and ultimately executive producer for Good Day Film.
Through his production career he has worked with some of the largest brands and agencies in the US and abroad. Having significant foreign experience and language skills allows him to produce work internationally as well as locally at his base in LA.
Before transitioning into film production he worked at the United Nations and he earned a Master’s Degree in International Affairs and Conflict Resolution from the American University of Paris.
Nicholas also writes and creates original content, and is currently developing a slate of narrative and documentary project including a documentary on yoga and the role India has played in the spiritual revolution taking place across the globe.
It was 1893 when Swami Vivekananda introduced America to the knowledge of ancient India through yoga. Not since the arrival of Columbus has a foreigner heralded such radical change to the fabric of American culture. Yoga’s steady rise into the zeitgeist of Western culture over the past 100 years is evidenced through such films as Stars Wars and The Matrix, the music of the Beatles and Coldplay, in literature from Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World to countless top selling self-improvement books extolling mindfulness and meditation, from the adoption of Ayurvedic medicine, to the popularity for athleisure apparel and the presence of a yoga studio on every Main Street USA.
Featuring interviews from leaders in film, music, sport, and religion woven together with colorful animation and archival footage, 1893: YEAR OF THE YOGI presents the life and legacy of Swami Vivekananda. True to Vivekananda’s core message of inclusiveness, the film draws from a vast trove of books, speeches, and letters that underscore yoga’s broad appeal to diverse audiences. Classical Indian music including the Swami’s own compositions coupled with contemporary Western artists inspired by ancient tradition create a sonic tapestry that elevates the film’s narrative. Times of challenge represent the greatest opportunity for reflection and growth, and 1893: YEAR OF THE YOGI serves that mission as an artistic continuation of Vivekananda’s work.
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