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Heaven, Hell and Other Places: New Artists' Documentary about Emanuel Swedenborg

April 15, 2013 at 6:30pm

Screening and DVD Release Party with film-directors Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan
Join us for the west-coast premiere of a new documentary film about the Swedish scientist-mystic Emanuel Swedenborg, the man Jose Louis Borges called “the most interesting man in recorded history.” Award-winning film-makers Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan will be present for a podium discussion about their work; the artists will also screen several additional short films related to their interests in 19th century Romanticism. DVD artist-editions of the film, with an accompanying full-color booklet that features essays by Gary Lachman and the novelist Philip Makatrewicz, will be available for purchase and signing.

Wine reception with the artists at 6:30 / film screening starts at 7:30

Commissioned by the London Swedenborg Society to commemorate their bicentenary, the documentary explores the central themes of Swedenborg’s life and work, charting his journey from scientific genius to mystical savant - messiah to some, madman to others. Examining the influence his vast and varied writings have had in the spheres of science, literature, mysticism and religion, the documentary will serve as an invaluable introduction to the enigma regarded by D. T. Suzuki as the "Buddha of the North." Filmed on location in London and Stockholm, with special access to Swedenborg's summer house, garden and personal diaries, the documentary features interviews with renowned writers and scholars on Swedenborg, including Gary Lachman, Philip Makatrewicz, Lars Bergquist and many others, coupled with a newly commissioned soundtrack by Kurt Benbenek.

Co-sponsored by CARE (Center for Arts, Religion, and Education) and the Swedenborgian House of Studies at the Gratudate Theological Union at Berkeley.