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Once upon a time at a bar on the edge of the world, a mysterious benefactor approached me with a bag of jewels, a data disc full of content and a bag of seeds.

Thus, Undergrowth was born...

 

AYA: AWAKENINGS DVD global edition 2014

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 Aya: Awakenings (2014, Director's Cut).

The critically acclaimed visionary documentary into the heart of Amazonian shamanism is now available globally. 90 minutes feature length film plus exclusive DVD extras not accesible anywhere else: deleted scenes, trailers, Seeds deleted 15 min chapter,The Experiment at La Rosacita raw footage, Dr Juan's interview EEG results and more...

 

Watch on Video On Demand or buy the DVD

"A multisensory, multidimensional mindblower, leaving the viewer stunned, invigorated and filled with reverent awe for the Great Mystery."  - Damon Orion, Reality Sandwich


TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL >> MELBOURNE 15th - 23rd FEBRUARY 2013

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UNDERGROWTH.ORG is proud to partner with THE SUSTAINABLE LIVING FESTIVAL for the second annual Transitions Film Festival, Australia’s largest solutions-focused sustainability film event from the 15th to the 23rd of February inMelbourne, Autralia.

 After 12 months of scouring the globe for the most inspirational cutting-edge sustainability documentaries, we are proud to present the 2013 festival program, featuring an amazing line-up of films including Matt Damon's Promised Land, The Sundance Institute's A Fierce Green Fire and the highly anticipated Chasing Ice. The festival will run from the 15th to the 23rd of February, 2013 at Federation Square, ACMI and Cinema Nova showcasing 6 national premieres, 15 feature films and documentaries and over two dozen short films.

The festival commences with a weekend of free films on the Main Screen at Federation Square, as part of the Sustainable Living Festival’s Big Weekend, the festival will continue with a wide range of Australian film premieres and special events. The program also features introductions and panel discussions with Australia's sustainability leaders and international award winning filmmakers.

Click here for the 2013 Melbourne Festival program.

 

The Biological Advantage of Awe > Jason Silva

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This video was created by @JasonSilva and shot and edited with my friends at Bravo Media, and is non-commercial and for educational and inspirational purposes only. Full credits and clip attributions can be found below. This video was inspired by three big ideas:
1) The ideas of psychologist Nicholas Humphrey who has written of "THE BIOLOGICAL ADVANTAGE OF BEING AWESTRUCK". Basically, our ability to awe was biologically selected for by evolution because it imbues our lives with sense of cosmic significance that has resulted in a species that works harder not just to survive but to flourish and thrive...
"Humphrey refers to consciousness as a magic show that you stage for yourself inside your head, which lights up the world and makes you feel special and transcendent... this magical theater provides a reason to live, a love of occupying the present moment, and a desire to sustain it into the future, that over time has proved stronger than anything else, and accounts for humanity’s swift and triumphant success--
Humphrey says “being enchanted by the magic of experience, rather than being just an aid to survival, provides an essential incentive to survive.”
"We relish just being here. We feel “the yen to confirm and renew, in small ways or large, our own occupancy of the present moment, to go deeper, to extend it, to revel in being there, and when we have the skill, to celebrate it in words..”
Our desire to understand brings exquisite pleasure... and feeds our exploratory voyage, our scientific inquiry, our technological development, and even our poetic self-regard..
More: online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703858404576214771893335998.html
2) The Stanford study that found that AWE is clinically good for you, expanding perception of time, increasing compassion and empathy and promoting well being:
More: theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/07/study-awe-inspiring-experiences-change-our-perception-of-time/260138/
3) Ross Andersen's rapturous meditation on the ontological awakening of our psyches provided by the Hubble Space Telescope: "At first glancing the Deep FIELD “one might mistake it for gemstones scattered across black velvet, but a closer look reveals that each smudge of light, 2,600 in all, is a galaxy dense with billions of star-fired worlds, pinwheeling in deep time. … To that point, astronomy had imaged objects only four billion light years away, and poorly at that. Here a telescope reached 11 and a half billion light years into space and delivered an image legible to the layman: an unprecedented expansion of human vision."
More: lareviewofbooks.org/article.php?id=331
**Music by John Murphy - "Kaneda's Death Pt 2" from Sunshine Soundtrack
itunes.apple.com/us/album/sunshine-music-from-motion/id297702863
**Featuring Stock Footage from Shutterstock
Still images courtesy of THE IMAGINARY FOUNDATION - imaginaryfoundation.com/
And clips from Knate Myers' "ISS at Night" featuring NASA images: vimeo.com/45878034
Camera: Liam O' Sullivan
Edited by Jess Betz and Jason Silva 
Shot and edited at BRAVO MEDIA - bravomediainc.com/
 


AYA: AWAKENINGS > VIDEO PREVIEW featuring music by TIPPER

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A special music video trailer of the new Undergrowth produced documentary project AYA: AWAKENINGS featuring the track 'Ever Decreasing Circles' by beats maestro TIPPER. Video edited by the films Co-Director, Timothy Parish of Verb Studios

AYA: Awakenings is a narrative documentary into the world and visions of ayahuasca shamanism, adapted from the cult book 'Aya: a Shamanic Odyssey' by Rak Razam. By blending narration directly from the book with video footage, interviews with practicing curanderos, samples of traditional icaros or magic songs, photographs and cutting edge special effects, Aya: Awakenings reproduces the inner landscape of the visionary state in unprecedented detail, invoking a spiritual awakening in the viewer.

Featuring the artwork of Pablo Amaringo, Andy Debrenardi and more; directed by Tim Parish, post-production by Verb Studios, soundscapes by DJ Buttons Touching and music by Tipper, Darpan, Lula Cruz and curanderos Norma Panduro, Guillermo Aravelo, Percy Garcia Lozano, Ron Wheelock and Kevin Furnas, this documentary charts the Global Shamanic Resurgence born in the jungles of Peru and reaching out to embrace the world.

The film is touring Australia Jan-March 2013 and the USA later in the year.

for more information visit www.aya-awakenings.com

or join the discussion on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AyaAwakenings

 


RAP NEWS > THE WAR ON TERRA

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http://www.thejuicemedia.com Juice Rap News - Episode 17: The War on Terra. It's 2013 and the world did not end by meteorite or by Mayan calendar. But fear not: we might just be able to get the job done ourselves. Join Robert Foster as he sets out to discover where Civilisation™ is making the fastest progress towards annihilation. In this edition of the Civilisation Report, Robert learns about Australia and Canada - two oft-neglected pioneers of peace, progress and prosperity - in conversation with our antipodean colonial correspondent Ken Oathcarn and his Canuck counterpart, Fagin Heighbard. Dear viewers, consider this a fair warning that in terms of language and affront to the dominant culture this could get fucking messy.

- Written & created by Giordano Nanni & Hugo Farrant in a suburban backyard home-studio in Melbourne, Australia - on Wurundjeri Land.

- Gratitude to our donors whose generosity has made this episode possible. SUPPORT the creation of new episodes of Juice Rap News, an independent show which relies on private donations: ‪http://thejuicemedia.com/donate



** CONNECT with us:

- Website: ‪http://thejuicemedia.com

- Twitter: ‪http://twitter.com/juicerapnews

- Farcebook: ‪https://www.facebook.com/rapnews



** DOWNLOAD:

- FREE MP3: http://thejuicemedia.com/video
- LYRICS available here: ‪http://thejuicemedia.com/video/lyrics

**CREDITS:

- Main Beat: the appropriately titled "Dangerous Times" by Red Skull: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpC1WEmmBYU
- Orchestral compositions: Adrian Sergovich (a legend)
- Alien Song performed by Jonathan Dreyfus (another legend) and AC/Dickelback, with Justin Olsson (drums). Based on "Englishman in New York" by Sting. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Jez Giddings and Craig Harnath at Hothouse Audio St. Kilda. Produced by Jez Giddings and Jonathan Dreyfus.
- Tar Sands video footage: our deepest thanks to Chris of Tundra Punks for putting us in touch with the awesome film-makers who are raising awareness about Mordo...err the Tar Sands and whose footage was used in this episode: Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, Elias and Adrianne from globalonenessproject.org (Cinematography: Emily Topper; Rob Humphries; Editing: Elias Koch; Footage courtesy of Elemental The Film LLC http://www.elementalthefilm.com); Eriel Deranger of Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation; H2Oil animations are courtesy of Shannon Walsh; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOk0Fyov_2A (Animations by James Braithwaite, Dale Hayward & Sylvie Trouves: http://www.h2oildoc.com)
- Thanks to the one and only Franklin Lopez of http://submedia.tv (and Maude) for Canuck cultural consultation and advice. Make sure you check out his 'git'-wrenching film, END:CIV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hx-G1uhRqA
- Video and music editing: Giordano
- Image and website assistance: Zoe Tame http://visualtonic.com.au
- Props: Zoe Umlaut for creating our correspondents' microphones; and Sam for lending us his guitars.
- Thanks to Lucy for assistance with filming and all-round production tasks!
- Captions: Merci to Koolfy from la Quadrature du Net for creating the sync'd English captions for our episodes!

** TRANSLATIONS:
- If you'd like to translate this episode into your language, please contact us via our website ‪http://thejuicemedia.com/contact

** IMPORTANT LINKS:
History is happening! Here is information about what some humans are doing right now to help save what's left of our relationship with this planet.
For more info about Tar Sands, Idle No More; the Kimberleys and Lock the Gate struggles:
http://idlenomore.ca/
http://www.tarsandsblockade.org/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xenYLY5lU58
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPGjOSTW7oQ
http://www.lockthegate.org.au/

if you're optimistic, make sure you watch this documentary:
END:CIV: http://www.submedia.tv/endciv-2011/

The War on Terra: http://uncyclopedia.wikia.com/wiki/War_on_Terra


Nahko Bear (Medicine for the People) ღ Aloha Ke Akua

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AYA: AWAKENINGS > Australian screening tour 2013

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 AYA: Awakenings is a narrative documentary into the world and visions of ayahuasca shamanism, adapted from the cult book 'Aya: a Shamanic Odyssey' by Rak Razam. By blending narration directly from the book with video footage, interviews with practicing curanderos, samples of traditional icaros or magic songs, photographs and cutting edge special effects, Aya: Awakenings reproduces the inner landscape of the visionary state in unprecedented detail, invoking a spiritual awakening in the viewer.

Featuring the artwork of Pablo Amaringo, Andy Debrenardi and more; directed by Tim Parish, video production by Verb Studios, soundscapes by DJ Buttons Touching and music by Tipper, Darpan, Lula Cruz and curanderos Norma Panduro, Guillermo Aravelo, Percy Garcia Lozano, Ron Wheelock and Kevin Furnas, this documentary charts the Global Shamanic Resurgence born in the jungles of Peru and reaching out to embrace the world.

http://www.aya-awakenings.com/

 

Film Screening Tour Dates

Weds 30 Jan        Melbourne State Library Village Roadshow Theatre       Tickets

Thur 31 Jan         Melbourne State Library Village Roadshow Theatre       Tickets

 Sat 2 Feb           Adelaide Mercury Cinema                                           Tickets

Tues 5 Feb          Freemantle - Fly By Night Musicians Club                     Tickets

Thurs 7 Feb         Sydney Paddington RSL Auditorium                            Tickets

Weds 27 Feb       Brisbane Tribal Theatre                                              Tickets

 

 

PREVIEW:



Join the discussion on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AyaAwakenings

BLOOM >A JOURNEY THROUGH TRANSFORMATIONAL FESTIVALS

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THE BLOOM: A Journey Through Transformational Festivals from Akira Chan Arts on Vimeo.

The Bloom: A Journey through Transformational Festivals is a new, four-part web series that explores the blossoming cultural renaissance of transformational festivals, immersive participatory realities which are having profound life-changing effects on hundreds of thousands of lives. Starting in summer 2012 into 2013, a team of "light workers and artists" are visiting over 23 transformational festivals around the globe to tell a true story of genuine hope and inspiration for our times. Pointing the way to a bright and promising future, The Bloom explores how these festivals are awakening human consciousness through creativity, love, and joy.

 

 


SYREN "A FEATHER TO THE SEA" EP LAUNCH @ Gertrudes Brown Couch 26th Oct 2012

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Undergrowth.org & Kinship present 

SYREN "A FEATHER TO THE SEA" EP LAUNCH

8pm Friday 26th October 2012 (doors open 7:30pm)
@ GERTRUDES BROWN COUCH - 30 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
www.gertrudes.com.au/

FEATURING:

SYREN - Luscious tripstep beats, angelic vocals and crunchy basslines evoking the song of the syren. Featuring Lulu Madill (vocals and live production) with Tim Smith (guitar), Rose Cavanagh (violin) and special guest Matt Kelly.
http://syrensong.net/

MATTRIKS + JSHWA "Spaceships" single + video clip launch
http://www.reverbnation.com/mattriksbok

PHOEBE JACOBS with live beats
http://www.myspace.com/phoebejacobs

Visuals by Verb
http://verbstudios.com.au/

 

 

 


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