Zentropy (Formerly Killing Buddha)
While distributing “Bleep” I was honored to be able to travel the world to speak about my experience making “Bleep”. The most common question was “how did a girl like me, one who had never uttered the words Quantum Physics- end up making such a film?”
Sometimes it takes the most unlikely of people in the most unusual circumstances to create something that touches the world like “Bleep” did. The story I told had a resonance with so many, that I decided to write a film about it: “Killing Buddha”
“Zentropy” is a comedy about one woman’s unexpected search for happiness, love and the sound of one hand clapping. It tells the story of Sara Wells, possibly the least spiritual person in the least spiritual place on earth (Hollywood) who is hired to produce the most new-agey movie ever made.
Sara’s hit rock bottom. Her car has been repo-d, she’s being evicted from her house, her love life consists of meaningless one night stands, and her once promising movie career has gone down in flames. Desperate, she begs her former agent to find her a job. But in the unforgiving world of Hollywood, the only work her agent can scrounge up is to produce a documentary. Strike 1. Which is being funded by a crazy woman. Strike 2. About spirituality. Strike 3.
Without options, Sara takes the job and embarks on a series of outrageous adventures in the world of modern spirituality. She, Brin (the woman funding the movie) and their documentary crew travel around the country attending strange new-age events and interviewing eccentric new-age people. Along the way Sara endures channelers delivering messages from alien civilizations, a fire walk that ends with 3rd degree burns, an out of body class in which her assistant can’t manage to find her way back and a Native American peyote ritual in Sedona, Arizona – the new age, shangri-la.
But just as Sara begins to shed some of her ingrained cynicism and open up to the opportunities for happiness that had always eluded her, Brin breaks the news that she’s out of money and they have to shut down production. Sara is surprised to find that the movie’s demise makes her very sad. Despite all her jokes and doubts about the film’s subject she’s come to understand that living a life with hope and meaning is ultimately more rewarding.
And it’s just that realization that leads her to come up with a plan to save the movie and take her career and life to the next level…