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18.00 Cinema 2

USA – 110 min – 2013 

Q&A with director

Brad Warner is a writer, blogger, filmmaker and punk rock bass guitarist. He is also a Zen master. He has written several books, including Hardcore Zen, Sit Down and Shut UP, Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate, and his latest, Sex, Sin and Zen. He received Dharma Transmission from Gudo Nishijima Roshi, who received his transmission from Rempo Niwa Roshi, at the time was the head of the Soto Sect in Japan. The film Hardcore Zen follows this controversial teacher as he seeks to strip away the sheen off many taboo topics in Zen Buddhism. As the byline of the film says, “Teachers come in all packages...”

Director/writer: Pirooz Kalayeh – Producer: Pirooz Kalayeh, Mark Parsia – Camera: Andrew Crighton – Editor: Stephanie Shyu – Composer: Michael Deragon – Sound mastering: Calvin Loeser