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Review: Chasing the Present

Chasing the Present Directed by Mark Waters | 1091 FILMS
Chasing the Present Directed by Mark Waters | 1091 FILMS HAVING STRUGGLED WITH addiction, loss, and a lifetime of crippling anxiety attacks, James Sebastiano decided to travel the world and speak to people from all sorts of disciplines and backgrounds, looking for a solution to his problems. Chasing the Present documents this journey, which includes insights from comedian Russell Brand, yoga and meditation teacher Gary Weber, journalist Graham Hancock, psychotherapist Zelda Hall, spiritual teacher Sri Prem Baba, artist Alex Grey, and others. The film works its way towards a denial of the ego, a deconstruction of the self (as you might expect, there’s an ayahuasca ceremony in there as well). But it’s a fairly enlightening journey. Confronting the self, finding a way to live in the present, allowing social structures and inner conflicts to drift away ... these are all ideas that can be applied to the individual as well as to society itself. What might have become a very dry movie is occasionally made cinematically interesting by director Mark Waters, who films Sebastiano’s various conversations …

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