San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Alan Watts, who died in 1973, helped explain Eastern philosophy and approaches to life and being in a way that Westerners can understand. Alan Watts was profoundly influenced by the East Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Buddhism, and by Taoist thought, which is reflected in Zen poetry and the arts of China and Japan. After leaving the Church, he never became a member of another organized religion, and although he wrote and spoke extensively about Zen Buddhism, he was criticized by American Buddhist practitioners for not sitting regularly in zazen. Alan Watts responded simply by saying, "A cat sits until it is done sitting, and then gets up, stretches, and walks away." The documentary film on the life and works of Alan Watts began conceptually as a shared storytelling in which the narrative would support Alan's own telling of his story. However, during development it became apparent that most of the story could be told through Alan's own words, particularly when supported by the wealth of original media that had been uncovered including video, film, and photos. The entire process took about eighteen months after the initial video restoration, and in the end the filmmakers were delighted to discover how much of the story was "in the can" once the puzzle pieces came together. To this wasadded contemporary footage of Japan and Big Sur, music, animation by Eddie Rosas of Alan as a young man, and a fly-through of woodcut prints by Tom Killion brought to life by special effects artist Bruce Walters. The film was initially titled "Being in the Way" but with the new approach the title was changed to "Why Not Now!", drawn from an LP on the art of contemplation recorded by Alan in 1968.
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O Cinema is a cutting-edge independent cinema located in Miami's Wynwood Arts District, that specializes in showing first-run independent, foreign, art, and niche films.