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A Proposal for Documentarians/Videographers and Funders of Documentaries
An opportunity to create an unprecedented documentary of profound importance ...

We have an amazing global project with a motto of "One World ... One Breath" that illustrates the "commonality of humanity" and with subtle beautiful grace cuts through the fog of global fear based media caricatures of other humans in other lands. This is an image the world NEEDS today!

We have years of video from events held in nearly 80 countries worldwide, amazing video from events in: Iran, Israel, Egypt, Brazil, Mexico, Italy, Sicily, South Africa, Tunisia, New York, Los Angeles, etc. etc.

WE ARE NOT VIDEOGRAPHERS. We are the founders of this amazing event, this annual day of human connection that brings people together across racial, ethnic, religious and geopolitical borders for the purpose of personal and global health and healing.

This event and the videos are spectacularly visual, and if paired with interviews of participants worldwide, and the right music, could be a globally recognized documentary.

WE ARE REACHING OUT TO THE DOCUMENTARIAN WORLD with a gift ... World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

See this beautiful video montage of just a few events: in the below video, and then scroll down for many more stunningly beautiful expressions of human connection in event videos worldwide.

"One World ... One Breath"

To Funders and Documentarian/Videographers:

We have a gift of a documentary to give Funders/Documentarians a chance to create something that can make a difference in the world … about a unique event, unprecedented in human history … that could move audiences and win film festival awards … we'd like to think there may be funders out there who would see Israelis and Iranians coming together with people in 80 nations, putting aside the divisions of the world to breathe together ... as something worth funding a documentary on. This event, we propose a feature length documentary could/should cover, cuts through the fog of 2 dimensional portrayals of other human beings in other nations as cartoonish villains or back drops for our world. This event we founded over 17 years cuts through that fog in a way that nothing else has or can, as it shows a human connection that is unprecedented in the world, involving 100s of cities in over 80 nations. The event’s motto is “One World … One Breath.” Creating this documentary would give funders the rare opportunity to let Iranians see “human beings in Israel,” and enable Israelis to see “human beings in Iran,” and allow Americans to see “human beings in Iran, Venezuela, Cuba, etc” rather than just the steady media diet of these 2 dimensional media caricatures network news is filled with.

Much of the video and photos for this documentary may already be done, only requiring some interviews with participants worldwide (see below beautiful past event videos and media coverage worldwide).

STUNNINGLY VISUAL: This event is called World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, with magnificently beautiful and moving video of Iranians and Israelis flowing through Tai Chi and Qigong movements on this global event day, as wells Belgians “stopping the rat race w/ a Tai Chi flashmob at Antwerp’s Central Train Station”, and gorgeous and ethereal events in Tunisia, South Africa, Portugal, etc. etc.

ANGLES OF DOCUMENTARY:

1) On this unique day, racial, ethnic, and geopolitical boundaries disappear as Iranians, Israelis, Americans, Russians, Chinese, Brazilians, Venezuelans, Cubans, etc. “breathe together,” and share a common internal ethereal experience that is profoundly visual in the beautiful, spiritual, and human drama in motion of Tai Chi Meditation.

2) This event’s goal is to get mind-body practices like Tai Chi into public education, and World Tai Chi & Qigong Day has been officially proclaimed and the societal benefits of Tai Chi and Qigong recognized for their citizens all over the world, including by 22 US Governors; senates, including the senates of: New York, Puerto Rico, California; and the National Congress of Brazil, as well as mayors, embassies, consulates, sports and parks ministries, etc. in many nations worldwide.

3) (Optional angle) I am the Founder of this unprecedented global phenomenon of personal and global healing, and the formation of this event began nearly 55 years ago when I experienced something ethereal that as a 6 year old western Kansas boy saw as an angelic visitation. It was in 1963. That same year, a young girl in Hong Kong had an ethereal experience while standing in her white confirmation dress in her mother’s garden in Hong Kong. We would meet nearly 15 years later at a western Kansas University, and would marry there, and about 20 years later would Found a global event that would touch millions with a vision of health and global connection that has been covered by media worldwide, including: CNN, FOX News, BBC Television, Agence France Presse Television, China’s global news network CCTV, BBC World Radio, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, China’s Xinhua News Agency, the South China Morning Post, by national and/or international television news in Egypt, Israel, New York, South Africa, Kansas City, etc.

What we need? We need a project director, and perhaps a media company that could take this on, from start to finish, fundraising, editing, shooting interviews, etc.

What we can provide? My wife and I spent 17 years and our life savings to create this, to provide this event to document, see this 2000 South China Morning Post front page interview on us and our work: http://www.worldtaichiday.org/corporate_stress_tai_chi_qigong/world_tai_chi_day_south_china_post.html

What else we can help with: We can provide you with youtube links to videos of past events you may want to use, and help you get in touch with the creators of those videos to get high res video of some of them. We have a photo archive of past events, and if you see photos you’d like to use, we can help connect you with the groups worldwide who took the photos. We have official proclamations from all over the world you can use. We have a global newsletter and email list of groups worldwide who participate. We can connect you with David-Dorian Ross, a Tai Chi champion and PBS presenter who hosted “24 Hours of World Peace” in 2016, which carried livestreamed video of events unfolding around the planet live as they happened around the planet for 24 hours on that day. Of course, you can also interview me and my wife, who were the young children who simultaneously had ethereal experiences in 1963 that led to their meeting from opposite sides of the planet 15 years later, and founding an unprecedented global health and healing event 20 years after that.

This event is unprecedented in human history, organic, visually spectacular.

It’s such a beautiful event, and Tai Chi is so incredibly visual, with the right music and interviews interspersed with the Tai Chi footage of mass events, we think it could be a really gorgeous documentary that could possibly win some film festival awards.

See some of the videos we've collected after the groups worldwide sent them to us on Youtube, starting with an amazing video from the Belgium World Tai Chi & Qigong Day group who held a Tai Chi Flashmob in the Central Train Station in Antwerp on World Tai Chi & Qigong Day, which "literally STOPPED THE RAT RACE for a magical moment." And also some global media coverage, which perhaps the videographer who takes this on could get permisisions from some of the global media networks to incorporate their coverage into the documentary, give it that "global happening on global media electricity."

Antwerp, Belgium WTCQD Stuns

Commuters with Wave of Peace!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaY8VkRAqWI




China's global news network, CCTV's coverage

Johannesburg, South Africa WTCQD Part of

Global Wave of Peace & Human Connection!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpcE6gzTuNw




Tehran, Iran's World Taichi & Qigong Day 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM8BCIMLN34




Tunisia, North Africa's 1ST World Tai Chi & Qg Day

Event - See Beautiful Video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxEy6FhWGG0




Egyptian National TV News covers

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day in Cairo, Egypt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3T6jpv3ZA8




Jerusalem, Israel's World Tai Chi & Qg Day

Spectacular International News Coverage!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLsmJQuCToY




Los Angeles, California TV news covers

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHAQxQ9jQ70




Brazil's National TV News covers

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvJqrbTfZAw




Porto, Portugal's 1ST World Tai Chi

& Qg Day Event - Massive!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzUHS-sR3zQ




Associated Press Television, also carried by

BBC News, and Media worldwide:

World Tai Chi & Qg Day

Fills Streets and Townsquares in

Latin America' and the World!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMOjw2SGv8w




Uruguayan TV News:

World Tai Chi & Qg Day

in Uruguay, South America!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E0rZdzN10k




Agence France Presse TV News:

World Tai Chi & Qg Day

in Havana, Cuba!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUUXYu6Et-g




Indonesia's 1ST World Tai Chi & Qg Day

Event - Massive!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmloO5PXsGY




VILNIUS, LITHUANIA

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CCU8n0kZPQ




New York, Manhattan's Central Park

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Event!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21l3xmRHwno




Auckland, New Zealand's

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is MASSIVE!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EO1HI6h-3YE




A MESSAGE FROM BILL DOUGLAS


Einstein once said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge."


If humanity can "loosen up" and allow our collective imagination to expand open to new
possibility . . . our future is limitless. T'ai Chi & Qigong's loosening movements, breathing
and visualization techniques offer the world a powerful and enjoyable method for cultivating
that skill in ourselves and in our children, who will need it even more than we do. By weaving
T'ai Chi & Qigong into our society at all levels, education, corporate, healthcare, etc., a very
gentle, subtle, and powerful evolution can permeate every action we take as individuals,
communities, and nations. The results can be very desirable, contributing to a balance and
harmony at all levels of local and global society.

World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day is a loose, fun, flowing, and profoundly effective global celebration
and media / educational event that was created by people worldwide who have experienced the
joy and healing of T'ai Chi & Qigong health sciences . . . and now for love of humanity
. . . want to share them.

Thank you all for your efforts, your expertise, and your love. In reality World T'ai Chi &
Qigong Day was founded by a global awareness that it is time for the world to slow, calm,
and heal, and each and every teacher and participant is a Co-Creator of
World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day



Bill Douglas, World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day Co-Founder (About Bill's Neigong teacher, Master Jennifer Booth)



ANGELA WONG DOUGLAS:

World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day Co-Founder, Angela Wong Douglas, grew up in the Pearl of the Orient,
Hong Kong Island's lovely Causeway Bay. Angela's father spoke several languages and Angela was
exposed to a much wider world than the man she'd eventually co-found World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day with.
From her father's hillside home over looking Hong Kong, Angela could stand in her mother's garden and
look down from high above at Hong Kong Stadium where she saw both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones
play as a young girl. However, in that garden she also observed her mother playing her
silent Tai Chi forms everyday.

It was many years later in a college class in Southern California, where Angela would rediscover the wisdom
her mother embodied by taking a Tai Chi class with master Jennifer Booth at Orange Coast College. By now
Angela has learned four tai chi forms, and still observes the wisdom her mother and father passed down to
her about health and life. Through World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day Angela now works to share that
wisdom with the entire world.

Angela's bachelor's degree in business management provided the solid backbone and infrastructural knowledge
that enabled World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day to become the global healing event it is today. By teaming up with her
American husband, who had a clear vision of a void in the modern stress filled world that T'ai Chi & Qigong could
profoundly benefit, but who also had some very pathetic administrative skills . . . a child was concieved and they
gave birth to a global healing event. Dreaming and practicality came together, a union of yin and yang.

Click this for Angela's Event Link



BILL DOUGLAS:

World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day Co-Founder, Bill Douglas, is an American T'ai Chi teacher,
author, and columnist who writes on natural health and global healing issues. He has
founded two global healing events, and works with T'ai Chi & Qigong teachers worldwide to
facilitate the use of these tools globally in health care, corporate wellness, and education.
When Bill married Angela Wong she shared with him some of the wisdom of her culture.

Bill often somewhat arrogantly dismissed what she shared with him, because he had no
cultural context for it and assumed if it were true, Western culture would be telling everyone
about it. Over the nearly three decades of their relationship, Bill grew. He realized that there
were many profound truths about health, life, and family that China had to offer the West. As
he became more aware of the profound health and healing benefits of Tai Chi & Qigong he
became increasingly frustrated with the relatively little attention Western media and culture were
giving these incredible life technologies. He saw that his own experience of dismissing wisdom
from another land, was a microcosm of larger Western societies dismissive behaviour of T'ai Chi
& Qigong. Eventually this frustration led Bill to concieve of World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day, a mass
annual public education event, designed to share information for the betternment of the world.

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Interview with World T'ai Chi & Qigong Day Founder,


by Hong Kong's Acclaimed South China Morning Post
FEATURES, 1.4.2000
A Simple Desire to Make Everyone Healthier has Prompted One Man to Organise World Tai Chi Day from his Kansas Home.
. . . [Bill Douglas] picked up a list of college courses that advertised Tai Chi 101 as being good for stress. "I'd never heard of it - and I thought it was pronounced Tay-Ee-Chy - but I thought I'd give it a go."

This week, two decades later, Douglas is still trying hard not to be stressed - about a world event, promoting China's gentlest martial art, into which he has put his life savings and his full pushing hands energy.

World Tai Chi Day is next Saturday, and Douglas hopes the world - and particularly the world's health organisations and professionals - will join in.

Last year they had 108 events around the world - by coincidence a lucky number in Chinese tradition - and this year they hope to have as many as three times that - from Slovenia to South Afric, from Thailand to Tel Aviv.

He has staked his savings on setting up the website (www.worldtaichiday.org) and getting everything organised - the fax bill alone last month was about 15,000 dollars: what return can he possible expect?

"I don't know: I have no idea," he admitted on the phone from his home town of Kansas City. "I just know I had to try it."

Douglas, now 43, first became interested in spreading the word about tai chi when his mother died several years ago during an angioplasty operation. Already a teacher of the martial arts form, he tried to interest his parents in trying tai chi for their health, but both had rejected it as "too weird."

But afterwards he found a note his mother had written just before the operation.

"She said she wished that a couple of years ago she had paid attention to the exercise I wanted to teach her: she said she wished she had done it so that she could see her grandchildren grow up."

It made Douglas think about how many other people he could help before it was too late: "I wanted tai chi to be so widespread that nobody could think of it as weird."

With missionary zeal he began to teach the breathing and the movements in local hospitals, schools, medical universities and even in prisons where apparently studies showed violence to have decreased by around 70 per cent after tai chi classes were introduced.                                   

"It shows people where they can use that excess energy, so it can be constructive," he said.

But running classes in hospitals and prisons in the local area is one thing. World Tai Chi Day, with all the organising and cajoling and free information kits whizzing around via courier companies is quite another. How did it happen?

"Now that is a weird story," he said.

Douglas had originally had the idea some years ago, just after completing The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & Qigong. But after scribbling some notes to himself about how a global event could work he didn't go any further, or tell anybody about it: it seemed too ambitious, too time - demanding, too impossible to do from Kansas.

"Then a few years later, after my mother had died, my sister called me one morning and said she had this dream. She said my mother had appeared and said your brother has been writing some interesting things."

His sister had been described with an uncanny accuracy what those notes had said, and recounted how in the dream his mother had said he shouldn't have self doubt and should follow his ideas.

It was after that phone conversation, and with the blessing of his (slightly bewildered, but supportive) wife and his two teenage children (who "did tai chi until they were teenagers when suddenly everything Dad does is wrong", Douglas said cheerfully) he "grasped the bird's tail" with both hands, and went into the project whole heartedly.

"Does your sister usually have supernatural dreams?" I asked Douglas. "No, actually she's very conservative - she was even on the election team for Bob Dole. She's not one of those flighty new age types at all." And her brother doesn't seem like that either.

His facination with tai chi and qigong is less about the arcane spiritual side then about the physical side, and he is full of anecdotes and statistics - which he can apparently send to anyone interested by email as a database of 1,600 scientific studies - about how this is the best thing for mental and physical health since whole meal bread.

"We had a surgeon who came to the class," he said. "She'd been in a really bad car accident a few years back - and had whiplash and chronic back pain that wouldn't go away.                                     





                                                             

As a doctor she had tried everything that Western science could offer and nothing helped: after two months of tai chi she went back to normal."

About 70% if illnesses, he continued, are caused by psycho-social stress: "Five million kids are on Ritalin [an anti-stress drug] - if everyone did tai chi and learned how to control stress, then half the Health system in America would be redundant."

His enthusiasm - as he talked about how tai chi and qigong are immensely sophisticated methods of cleansing the central nervous system and getting rid of past pain and trauma, as well as improving things like balance, posture and strength - was infectious.

The next morning, after talking to Douglas, I visited a free tai chi class in the fake Roman amphitheatre in Hong Kong Park. This one - which runs on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays - was mainly for tourists, organised by the Hong Kong Tourist Association, and involved running through the short form - from Parting the Horses Mane to being a Needle on the Seabed - again and again in the sunshine. It was taught by Lung Chi - Fai, a 19 year old computer student at City University who has the advantage of being son of tai chi master Lung Kai Ming, and grandson of another tai chi master from China. "Most people who come to my classes haven't done tai chi before," he said. "So with every class I have to start from the basics. But perhaps it will give them the interest to learn in their own countries. It is a great form of exercise: you move slowly, but you still sweat."

According to the Chinese Martial Arts Association (hkcmaa@hkscb.org.hk or tel: 2504 8164) in Hong Kong, there are about ten thousand people in the SAR who have learned tai chi, and many thousands more who have dabbled. The association hopes that hundreds of them - and some beginners - will come to the Hong Kong World Tai Chi event which will be held at Lai Chi Kok Park (Mei Foo MTR) from 10 am.

Victoria Finlay, SCMP














                                               









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