Mindful Eye

Film at Tzu Chi Center

Coming in April
Tea Mountain: A Life Steeped in Gratitude

April 29, 2021 @  8pm EST | 7pm CST | 6 PM MST | 5 PST

This spring, we’re screening Tea Mountain in honor of Earth Day 2021. It’s about a hard-working farmer with a heart condition whose harmony with nature is a way of life. Join us as we broadcast it all from Hepworth Farms with special guests Amy and Gail Hepworth!

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This spring, we’re screening The Biggest Little Farm in honor of Earth Day 2021. It’s about the surprising things that can happen when we harmonize with our planet. Join us as we broadcast from Hepworth Farms with guests Amy and Gail Hepworth!

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You’ll receive the viewing link for the program after your purchase.

All proceeds from our program will be donated to Tzu Chi USA humanitarian efforts.

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About “Mindful Eye”

Screening bi-monthly, the Tzu Chi Center presents films and conversations on global issues connected to core concepts in Buddhism, including compassion and mindful living. We have pointed our lens at documentary and fiction films that teach, challenge, and inspire us to act. We’re also inviting special guests to discuss the films, the issues they explore, and so much more.

All proceeds from Mindful Eye ticket sales are donated to Tzu Chi USA’s humanitarian efforts.

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About Our Next Screening

This April, we’re celebrating Earth Day! Join Mindful Eye host Bart Shatto on trip to New York’s Hudson Valley as we explore ideas on restoring our Earth. There, he’ll be joined in conversation by Amy and Gail Hepworth, the twin sisters who co-own and operate Hepworth Farms. But before that, enjoy a screening of the documentary film, Tea Mountain: A Life Steeped in Gratitude, about a hardworking tea farmer whose harmony with nature is a way of life.

BONUS: when you make your purchase, you’ll get extended access till May 13th.

About Hepworth Farms

Hepworth Farms, located in New York’s Hudson Valley, is a 7-generation family farm established in 1818. Today, it encompasses 500 acres of NOFA-certified production land, yielding over 400 varieties of organic vegetables. The farm is co-owned and operated by Amy Hepworth, her twin sister Gail, and Gerry Greco.

About Guest Speakers

AMY HEPWORTH, a Cornell University graduate, has owned and operated Hepworth Farms since 1983. She is also a board member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of the Hudson Valley Research Lab. Her identical twin sister, GAIL HEPWORTH, is a biomedical engineer who joined Hepworth Farms in 2009 as Head of Production.

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Tea Mountain: A Life Steeped in Gratitude introduces us to farmer Zhonghou Chen, who produces Jing Si Tea in Sanyi, Taiwan. Despite a life-threatening medical condition, he is determined to make his organic farming venture flourish. Will his efforts, and those of his family, his colleagues, and his fellow Tzu Chi volunteers, set the farm on a path where it can prosper for generations to come?

The Biggest Little Farm brings us into the world of John and Molly Chester, a couple who leave behind the hustle and bustle of city life to live on 200 acres of farmland. This gorgeous documentary tracks their eight-year journey to live in harmony with nature, despite the great challenges it presents them plus the surprises that surpass their – and our – wildest expectations.

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How to Watch

You’ll receive the viewing link for the program after your purchase.
All proceeds from our program will be donated to Tzu Chi USA humanitarian efforts.

Purchase tickets via website and receive an email with access link to the livestream (valid till May 13th).
Purchase tickets via Facebook and receive an access link to the live stream (valid till May 13th).

About Our Host

Actor Bart Shatto was last seen in the Tony-nominated musical War Paint with two-time Tony winners Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole. Bart was also in the original Broadway casts of the Tony-nominated musicals The Civil War and Hands on a Hardbody, as well as Dracula. He also played Jean Valjean in both National Tour and Broadway casts of the Tony-winning musical Les Miserables. See him in the Tzu Chi USA short film, Love Saves.

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Film Selection

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Honeyland

A woman utilises ancient beekeeping traditions to cultivate honey in the mountains of North Macedonia. When a neighbouring family tries to do the same, it becomes a source of tension as they disregard her wisdom and advice.

Directed by Ljubo Stefanov & Tamara Kotevska
Screening on FEB 25, 2021

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Tea Mountain: A Life Steeped in Gratitude

The organic tea produced here by a dedicated team of workers has already made a mark on the Taiwanese tea market. Will their heartfelt perseverance set the farm on a path where it can prosper for generations to come?

Directed by Ting Fan
Screening on APR 29, 2021

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Monk with a Camera

Nicky Vreeland, son of Vogue editor Diana Vreeland, gave up photography to become a Buddhist monk. Years later, he picked up his camera again to earn money to rebuild his monastery.

Directed by Tina Mascara & Guido Santi
Screening on JUN 2021

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Stung by Climate

Bees pollinate one third of our food, but in recent years beekeepers have seen many of their colonies dying without knowing why. Like many animals, bees depend on weather and, as the climate changes, beekeepers all over the globe may face unprecedented challenges.

Directed by Nils Aucante
Screening on FEB 25, 2021

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Karuna

From the foothills of the Himalaya in Nepal to Bodh Gaya in India, where the Buddha attained enlightenment, this documentary takes us on a vivid journey, tracing the path of compassion in action as practiced by Karuna-Shechen, a non-profit co-founded by Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard.

Directed by Héctor Muniente
Screening on AUG 2021

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Love Saves

Each life story can be an inspiration. Prepare to be moved by our new “Love Saves” short film series, inspired by the remarkable people Tzu Chi volunteers meet during their many missions to help others.

Directed by Daniel Ferrara
Screening on AUG 2021

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The Peace Inside

This dramatic film presents the true story of a friendship that spans twenty years and continues, revealing how Buddhist wisdom can lead to inner transformation, bringing peace and solace to even the most troubled heart.

Directed by Daniel Ferrara
Screening on TBD

Our Partners

Mindful Eye screenings are made possible thanks to the generous support of community partners in culture and arts programming.