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Seattle – Beyond the Screen – Friday evening with the Karma Documentary

The filmmakers, Luke and Christen, behind the Karma Documentary are coming out from behind the screen to spend an evening with you. They will be talking about the filming process and their experiences in Nepal, sharing photography and behind-the-scenes footage, and getting to know you over some adult beverages.

Do not get lost on your couch spending another night in front of your screen when you can come be part of the process in person.

We look forward to seeing you. Come alone or invite people to join you. This is a welcoming and inclusive gathering.

Friday, November 20th, 2015
St. Andrews Bar & Grill (7pm-1am)
7406 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, Washington 98103

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Luke Mislinski Photography

3563 US Highway 26
Dubois, WY
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Christen ~ Sibuje and a school day

After a few days of hiking, Luke says to me (referring to our porters), “I think you are earning their respect.” As I am out of breath constantly and stop us often to catch it, I cannot see how this can possibly be true, but Luke says, “Yes, but they can see how hard this is for you and I have not once heard you complain and these have been full days of hard hiking. You just stop to catch your breath and, with a determined look on your face, you keep going. It’s impressive.”

I thought back through the last few days. He is right. I am not complaining, not even quietly inside my own head. It seems that my mind has dismissed the usefulness of complaining in lieu of just concentrating on the doing. A much more efficient use of brain power than before the trip when it would fill moments of silence with, “I have to hike a mountain.”

That does not make this easy, but I am still smiling. Laughing, actually, because I get silly when I am tired, and hiking makes me tired. I was very grateful to arrive in Karma’s home village of Sibuje where we were stopping for a couple days. (Although, “rest day” in the hiking world has little to do with rest, I have found. You still hike. You just return to sleep in the same place. Feeling a little tricked on that misnomer. Harrumph.)

We stayed in the home of Karma’s parents and attended a ceremony at the little, one teacher, through 3rd grade, school that they have, to celebrate the donation of school uniforms. This meant an all day affair, including endless cups of tea, being adorned repeatedly with scarves, and ending with an impromptu dance party. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. The day was getting a little long for me.) Luckily, I got to spend the day behind one of Luke’s fancy fancy cameras, so I was completely content.

It is always the people who have the least that seem to give the most, and they just gave and gave to us. Warm, welcoming, affectionate people, who easily partake in my silly side. My kind of people.

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Bits from the letters ~

“I’m a bit jealous of all the adventure – I can’t even get away to go to the grocery store by myself, and when I do, I have the guilt to hurry up and get home (guilt I put on myself of course).”

“Christen, enjoy it.
Keep smiling.
Be resilient.
I can’t say it enough,
Appreciate the journey,
because you make an impact.”

“Frequently people think compassion and love are merely sentimental. No! They are very demanding. If you are going to be compassionate, be prepared for action.
-Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Nobel Peace Prize winner

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Luke Mislinski Photography

3563 US Highway 26
Dubois, WY
82513

Christen ~ Figuring it out, slowly, slowly, slowly

I cannot climb a mountain all at once. I can only climb what is in front of me.

This has been clear to me from the beginning, but that clarity is crystalized as I look up at the steep inclines or long declines in front of me. So, I just pull down the brim of the hat and just keep my eyes on the next few steps. It is surprising how much easier this all seems, how much faster I get where I am going, and how manageable it is when I keep it that simple. I am not sure why I find it surprising. That is how I approach everything else in my life and it makes sense there, so I am not sure why it had not occurred to me that it would be the best approach to this, as well.

It has, also, come to my attention that I cannot have the rest of the group in my eyesight. With the rest being avid mountaineers, the natural inclination to ‘keep up’ is not wise. That is how I will make mistakes. I am much better served if I drift back a bit and just focus on my own pace. ‘Slowly, slowly, slowly’ is the mantra our personal porters, Pasang and Chongsba, keep chanting beside me, whenever I start to go too fast for my own good.

The slower pace, also, gives us the feeling of more freedom to stop and film as we go, without the visual pressure of seeing people wait for us.

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[Sidenote: When I say avid mountaineers…we each brought one book with us to read on the hike, with the idea that we could pass them around as we finished each. When I asked which book each of them brought, every single one was a mountaineering book.]

It meant that when we met people along the way, we could stop and have conversations, learn new words in Sherpa or Nepali, or have tea with the locals (as long as the water was boiled properly).

When we met a fun-sized, stylish woman in her eighties, I asked her (with Karma translating) if she had any unfulfilled wants or any regrets in her years. She chuckled and said, “No.” Then, she paused and amended her, No, with, “Well, maybe a couple more pretty things to wear.”

May we all be so lucky.

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Bits from the letters ~

“I pray that you are able to use your talents and gifts to serve the people you meet along the way.”

“You chose this because your heart is huge and your care for the world is infinite. You chose this because love makes us courageous as much as it makes us kind, makes us humble as much as it makes us limitless. You chose to do this because you love, and that is your strength, your clarity, your comfort, and your sustenance.”

“Friend, you are a divine mingle-mangle of guts and stardust.
-Frank Capra”

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Donate to the film. Any and all contributions make a difference.

 

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***You can send a check to:

Luke Mislinski Photography

3563 US Highway 26
Dubois, WY
82513

Why Luke? Why Christen?

Luke and Christen

Brunch. It is the time when we all come together; it is the time when everyone can speak their mind. Most of all, it is the time that we let our guard down and tell each other how we really feel. Join Christen, Luke, and some of our friends as we philosophize about how to spend time in another geography in our shared world.

Food for Thought from Luke Mislinski on Vimeo.

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Donate to the film. Any and all contributions make a difference.

***You can donate through the GoFundMe campaign, as well as share the link and encourage others to donate:

http://www.gofundme.com/karmadocumentary

***You can donate through PayPal here:

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***You can send a check to:

Luke Mislinski Photography

3563 US Highway 26
Dubois, WY
82513