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Karma Documentary: Some Frequently Asked Questions

Are you still taking donations?


Donations are very much still welcome and needed.

What is the best way to donate?

PayPal has been the most efficient and easiest way people have found to contribute.

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If the link does not work for you, you can go to PayPal and send to l.mislinski@gmail.com – That same email can be used for any questions you might have.

For what has the money been used?

All money that has been received has been used for film related expenses and/or put directly into the hands of people in need in Nepal (depending on if it was pre or post-earthquakes).

Have you used any of your own money?

Yes, far more than we ever should have. Thus is the way of things when your heart goes sprinting ahead of you towards people in need. You end up playing perpetual catch up.

Why was the film on hiatus?

Even with the earthquakes (beginning in April of 2015, and continuing into May), we thought we could, both, help the Nepali people with immediate needs and finish the film. We soon found that was not the case. We had to choose. The immediate needs of those who had lost homes, businesses, and loved ones took precedent.

What is taking so long?

Funds and life being life are the easy answers. The more complex answers would be better served over a nice dinner with good wine. Preferably, somewhere we could show you footage you have not yet seen.

If you could go back to the beginning, what would you do differently?

We would have found someone else to come on board to handle the money aspect. Neither of us are motivated by money. We are both better suited for creating and for helping people, both of which are easier done with funding. There is a reason why it is called a necessary evil.

What do you look forward to most with this project?

The sharing of laughter. Even though there are many heavy aspects to the situation, when we have sat down and shown people footage, it is the moments on film that have induced laughter that have been the most rewarding.



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#buskingforkarma – St Dominic’s Trio Returns

Once again, at Nye’s Polonaise Room, here is the next of several #buskingforkarma songs that St. Dominic’s Trio was gracious to perform for us. This is one of their original songs, titled “Bike Ride on 35W”.


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Luke ~ Meet the Staff

When people come home from trekking in the Himalaya, there are always many praises sung about the strength, friendliness, dedication, and overall super-human feats accomplished by the porters, guides, and cooks. It is said again and again that visiting this breath-taking part of the world would not be possible without their undying support. Our trip was no exception.

Not only was our staff exceptional in every way, they all welcomed us in (sometimes to their own homes) as family. I wanted to take a brief moment to introduce our wonderful team.

One thing I would also like to note: many porters working in the mountainous regions of Nepal work for companies who do not properly outfit them with suitable clothing, do not pay them a fair wage, and frequently ask them to carry loads far in excess of the legal limit of 35 kg.

Karma is trying to change these norms. Karma strives to ensure that his staff are properly clothed, fed, paid, and insured. He understands that taking care of his staff means that his guests will be well taken care of too. He does not allow his porters to carry loads above the limit. In fact, he tries to limit their loads to 25 kg or less. It may mean that a trek could cost slightly more with his company, but a trek with his company means that more local people are employed. It also means that they will be employed in a safe and fair way.

Meet the Porters

Left to right: Dawa Ungle Sherpa, Ang Rita Sherpa, Pasang Sherpa, Sonam Sherpa, Sila Rai, Chongba Sherpa, Sagar Garung, Kami Sherpa, Surya Rai, Karma Sherpa

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Luke ~ Meet the Trekkers

Now that the team has just finished their trek through Karma Sherpa’s home region in the Himalaya, we wanted to introduce everyone to you.


Karma – Sirdar (Head Guide). Karma is a co-founder of the Karma Project. He was always quick to offer a warm smile, sudden dance move, and velvety “Good morning, breakfast is ready.” that drew even the most weary trekker out of their cozy sleeping bag. He was also the most ticklish member of the trekking party.


Glen – American mountaineering guide. Glen is Karma’s good friend and a co-founder of the Karma Project. Sure to be future host of “Poop Talk with Glen”, he made certain to assess each team member’s health status during evening meals by ascertaining the nature of their bathroom visits.


Luke – Producer/Director. He is a long time photographer, first time filmmaker. Luke is as graceful as a gunslinger with a tripod, but clumsy as a toddler on his feet. Luke hopes that if “Poop Talk with Glen” does not flush out, he can convince our fearless North American leader to recreate the 70’s TV show “Guy on a Buffalo” as “Glen on a Yak”.


Christen – Art Director. Christen thrives on meeting new and diverse people. She discovered the psychic nature of her tummy on the trek, which always lead her accurately to each day’s destination. One would be quick to say she is the reincarnation of Pooh Bear, had Jack Kerouac not already designated Pooh Bear as God.


Matt – Matt is a Canadian who actually does not play hockey. His back country and mountaineering prowess is matched only by his infectious smile and affinity for living as far away as he can from the 9-5 grind. He also knows how to properly use the letter “O”. He is a man who braved the coleslaw and lived to tell about it, consequences be damned.


Andrew – Andrew is the Yin to Matt’s Yang. He is a machine on the trail and atop the glacier. His graphic stick figure art would be right at home on many of the racier temples in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square. Just when you begin to suspect he does not speak, he stuns your funny bone with a one-liner uppercut.


Rose – Rose is the Buddha of French Canadians. The only thing more impressive than her wisdom beyond her youthful appearance is her incomparable toughness. She can warm your heart, open your mind, and out trek anyone, even while suffering from days of traveller’s sickness. She is a purveyor of the wit and wisdom found on the pages of the literary masterpiece, “The Ascent of Rum Doodle.”


Becky – Becky possesses a potent combination of a deep and loving respect for geology with a keen set of wilderness skills. Her dry sense of humor and laser like focus provided a counter balance to the group’s generally silly antics. She is perfectly suited to high altitude trekking. As elevation was gained, so was her strength and humor.