GTNWACOMF is a new type of not-for-profit film in which reality television meets the cinematic artistry of a new generation, following a filmmaker’s crowdfunded exploration into the ancient Tibetan singing bowls. Traditional artifacts typically attributed to peace and healing by contemporary new age communities, the singing bowls are introduced and explained by Buddhist monks, local shopkeeps, curious travelers, and sound healing gurus.
The mystique of the metal bowls quickly transforms into a controversial commentary on the role of tourism in historical narrative, resolving only after the April 2015 Nepal earthquake shakes the landscape—and the filmmaker’s cameras. Joining the initial tourist community’s grassroots relief efforts, the true nature of modern global culture reveals itself as the world comes together to share love and community through the devastation and rebuilding process that will last for years to come.
“It’s been a long and productive journey since the earthquake and the production of this film,” explains filmmaker Jordan Urbanovich. “Since its completion I’ve been promoting the idea of community-building through digital media—how can we come together by exposing ourselves to ourselves?—and in the process I was inspired to start a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to the matter.
“See, there’s lots of news & media out there—but all of it is out to make money. Why don’t we try seeing things the other way?”
“I’m happy to release this film now, to start really building a media distribution platforms that aren’t about profits, but rather bringing people together. I think that’s what internet is actually for. Let’s take over the world with smiles.”