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BLUE KANGLING

Feature-length Documentary Film, Tibetan Buddhism

Tibetan Buddhist search for the meaning of death in an unforgiving Himalayan landscape and expose the core of human nature.

Matt Blackburn
Director

Death is one of the most elusive and taboo concepts. It’s permanence and uncertainty have mystified and confounded humans for millennia. One aspect however, that we know for certain, is one day we will all die.

Tibetan Buddhist have multifaceted explanations, theories and practices around their concept of death and what happens to a consciousness once it collapses into darkness. Thousands of years of meditation, teachings and living in extreme conditions have given way to rich existential theories built on basic human truths.

Blue Kangling is a film that uncovers the collective consciousness of death for Tibetan Buddhist. It is an observational approach revealing individuals who shape, influence and live according to this knowledge. Understanding is established through intimate portraits of commoners, as well as the philosophical and culturally enlightened who offer meaning and insight behind Tibetan Buddhism. Exploring rituals and practices from generations past, we uncover early cultural influences and explanations that answer the existential questions, “Why are they here?” and “Where they will ultimately go?”

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MY ROLE

.Director of Photography .Editor .Colorist

.Art Director .Motion FX Artist

"It's very important to share with the whole world."

His Holiness Sakya Trichen

The 41st gen. Throne holder of the Sakya order of Tibetan Buddhism

"...beautifully done and the content is very authentic and gripping."

Robert Thurman

Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhust Studies at Columbia university and president of the Tibet House New York

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FEATURED

PORTRAITS

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TECH SPECS

Motion Picture
Project Title 
Genre
Production
Aspect Ratio
Camera Specs
Format
Color Depth
Location
Still Photography
Aspect Ratio
Camera Specs
Format
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Digital Cinema
Blue Kangling 
Observational Documentary
Order
2.35:1
RED Epic-W Helium DSMCII
5K Raw 3G10 24fps
16-bit
Mustang Region in Nepal
Digital Medium Format
3:2
Hasselblad H6D 50-c Medium
Hasselblad 3FR 50MP 300DPI
16-bit

TEAM

Director, Screen Writer
Cinematographer, Editor, Colorist
Producer

 


Line-Producer, On-Set Translator
1st AD
Sound Recordist
Cultural Adviser, Translator

Matt Blackburn
Ehsan Abbasi
Nick Mills
Chandan Jha
Digbijaya Bharati
Aashish Shrestha
Naresh Kumar KC
Thomas Kurian
Tsepak Rigzin