|A JOURNEY ENDS... On February 2nd, the Documentary crew ended a very
special journey, arriving at Friends of Peace Pilgrim Center in Hemet, California with a
completed copy of the Spirit of Peace documentary. Its hard to believe that over two
years of research, planning, organizing, driving about the country, interviewing, filming,
transcribing, writing, editing, on-lining, composing, etc. the efforts, time,
talent, and donations of so many dedicated and hard-working volunteers were now
encapsulated in one VHS cassette. Our filmmaking journey has finally ended, but another
road stretches out before us all.
A DISTRIBUTION JOURNEY BEGINS... With almost 300 requests for the documentary
in back orders, the Peace Center lost no time in ordering an initial 600 copies. We were
amazed, however, at how quickly all 600 copies were snatched up. It seems that our
Grassroots Network is off to a running start distributing the film. With each Documentary
video we send the following list of Distribution ideas:
COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Invite friends to watch the film in your home. Arrange a screening
with your church, temple, school, college, university, peace group, nursing home, or any
interested group in your own community. Keep extra PEACE PILGRIM BOOKS, STEPS booklets,
and Newsletters available for friends to take home after viewing.
CABLE ACCESS STATIONS: Contact local cable stations and ask if they would run the video
(71 minutes) or an entire series on Peace Pilgrim. The Peace Center has other videos of
varying lengths available. If your local station requires Broadcast Release Forms or
formats other than VHS, please let us know. Other formats may be available on loan.
CONFERENCES: Are you organizing or attending a religious or peace conference, peace walk,
or any other conference dealing with human potential? Let us know and we may be able to
make an entire presentation on Peace Pilgrim.
ARTICLES AND REVIEWS: We encourage anyone to review or write an article on the
Documentary. Be sure to include our address and phone so we may be contacted for our free
offerings. Submissions can be made to newsletters, newspapers, and magazines. Friends of
Peace Pilgrim press kits are available. (By the way, we would love to have a copy of your
review, published or unpublished)
KEEP THE DOCUMENTARY CIRCULATING: If you find your copy collecting dust on a shelf, you
may want to donate it to your church, school or public library. Of course, if you
cant bear to give it away, then order more to donate to special groups. (The local
psychologist, 12-step member, doctor, chiropractor, or holistic therapist may be thrilled
to have a Documentary and hardcover edition of the PEACE PILGRIM BOOK to leave in their
reception area or community room.)
ADDITIONAL COPIES: We recommend that you order additional copies from us because our
copies are made from the original. Also we order in bulk; thus our reproduction costs are
SEND US YOUR IDEAS: These are just a few suggestions for spreading the message of peace to
which PEACE PILGRIM dedicated her life. Please send us your ideas and other feedback about
how the film is being received. We will keep all comments on file to help us with any new
versions of the film.
DISTRIBUTION CONTACTS AND UPDATES
VHS COPIES: All those interested in receiving their own copy of the film and joining
the grassroots distribution network can request them from Friends of Peace Pilgrim free of
FESTIVALS AND THEATRICAL RELEASE: As mentioned in the last newsletter, one of our goals is
to transfer this documentary to 16mm film, (approximate cost $10,000) so it can be entered
into film festivals. Anyone seeking more information, or helping with this project, please
contact the Peace Pilgrim Center in Hemet, California.
BROADCAST AND PUBLICITY: Plans are in the works to make a shorter version (58-60 minute)
of the Spirit of Peace for PBS and other television broadcast opportunities. If you want
more information or wish to assist in getting the Documentary shown or publicized on
network or public television stations, please contact the Peace Pilgrim Center in Hemet,
THE VIDEO ARCH1VE: The entire 120 hours of footage collected by the film crew is not yet
available on VHS cassettes. About 50 hours need to be transferred from Hi-8 onto VHS and
transcripts need to be made. We will announce its availability to the public when it
THANKS FOR THE DONATIONS! The filmmakers wish to thank everyone who generously
contributed to cover the costs of duplicating and mailing the first 600 copies of the
documentary. In keeping with Peace Pilgrims principles the Spirit of Peace
documentary is available free of charge as are all our offerings. For those of you who
wish to contribute, please send your gifts directly to the Center.
FROM ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY, THE
SPIRIT OF PEACE REVIEWS ARE IN! ! ! The following are just a small sampling of
reviews already received on the Documentary. We appreciate all those who took the time to
write or phone in their impressions.
Chicago, IL Thanks for sending
the Spirit of Peace. It is a wonderful tribute to Peace Pilgrim and Im
sure she is smiling knowing how many people will receive her message.
Dubois, WY The video was very well done the message came across just the way
it should. Although it was professionally done it lost none of its warmth in
achieving that...It spoke to me in a marvelous way.
Wellesle34 MA I saw the new video (borrowed from the Peace Abbey,) and its
Salt Lake City UT The documentary is impressive. I think it achieves its aim
brilliantly. I shall certainly want to put it to good use...It is very rewarding to be a
part of promoting Peaces message.
Pittsburgh, CA The video is excellent, very professional. I missed subtitles
names of people interviewed, but realize that this was in the spirit of Peace Pilgrim.
Lancaster, PA It shows high quality standards, professional work, and deep
understanding about Peace Pilgrim, her life and work. May the Spirit of Peace continue
spreading around the world.
Fort Wayne, IN I received the film today Loved it. Very beautiful and
flowing. Deserves more than one Oscar.
Laramie, WY I have so much enjoyed the Spirit of Peace tape and have
already arranged several showings with friends and others who I know will want to
experience the message.
Buffalo, NY Just finished watching the Spirit of Peace documentary.
What a fantastic job you did....! found it so moving and inspiring that I want to donate
one to my church...
Willits, CA We are so glad to be able to watch it whenever we want to.
OTHER COMMENTS... I am honored to be a
part of the beautiful video. When I met the three traveling filmers I knew it
would be a credit to and powerful exposition of the work of Peace Pilgrim. ** Mine will be
busy out on loan regularly. I never met Peace Pilgrim, so it was especially fine to
see and hear her in this way. ** My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed watching
It and were especially struck by the photos and stories of her early life. I only wish
there was more about those 15 years of growing up. ** Surely Peace
wouldve approved of the way it was done, based on truth rather than fiction and
carried out on faith. **. When told that the Documentary was to reach back into
Peaces early life I held some reservations. In review of the work I feel that it is
a masterful presentation illustrating the struggle that we each know in seeking our
enfoidment. ** A great video.
LAWYERS COMMENTS IN THE SPIRIT OF PEACE... Steve Brutsche, a lawyer and certified
specialist in Dallas, Texas, was inspired by the words of Peace Pilgrim to begin a program
to use mediation for settling civil disputes. The documentary movie crew interviewed
lawyers in Texas who are part of this mediation program. The following is a verbatim
report of their taped words.
Lawyer #1 Courtenay Bass: I think Steve was totally influenced by Peace
Pilgrim. Everything else he read and studied was built on those same principles. I think
it was his Bible, if you will Something he always went back to. And I think that
Peace Pilgrim really affected him. Im not sure the movement would have happened
without the guidance Steve got from Peace Pilgrim. Because that was what inspired him to
do everything else he did.
Lawyer #2 Steve Brutshe: What is missing in the practice of law for the vast
majority of people is the sense that what theyre doing contributes. The paradigm for
mediating is that youre peacemakers. There is a quality of doing good in mediating,
of being a source of healing. Think win win or no deal.
Thats a rule of interpersonal relationships. Peace Pilgrim says that its gotta be
beneficial to everybody or it wont last.
Lawyer #3 Mike Amis: And how did Steve Brutsche find Peace Pilgrim, I have
no idea. But Im awfully glad he did. Because it is the foundation of what we do
everyday as mediators.
Lawyer #4 Ross Hostetter: He pulled out this little brochure and said,
you need this, you need to read this. This is every thing you need to know. He
used this phrase all the time. This is everything you need to know and handed
out the little Peace Pilgrim brochure.
Lawyer #1: And I thought it was wonderful that Steve would hand out something like
that. That was a pretty bold step in the dog-eat-dog litigation days we were in, in the
Lawyer #3: Only HE could look at a group of tenacious trial lawyers and say,
youve been greedy pigs, you sold out; for winning and for money, and
thats not enough to sustain a life.
Lawyer #5 Peter Chantilis: Slowly but surely, as you start getting into it
and understanding that there is another way of getting something done other than beating
someone to death at the courthouse, its like a little light comes on one day,
saying, You know what, this is better.
Lawyer #4: We had just observed my first mediation the very first I had
actually seen from start to finish. And I was highly relieved when I saw the process was
not involving manipulation of the truth or deception, which the trial process does.
Lawyer #3: And after 25,000 cases we have a steady 80% of success rate regardless
of who the mediator is. And thats important. Because the miracle is not in the
persona of the mediator. Its in the process. Its based on universal principles
that Peace Pilgrim enunciated that were not original with her. The basic underlying
principle is that there is a spark of divine goodness in us all and that there is an
abiding desire to seek and achieve peace and harmony.
Lawyer #5: Im not the same person today I was four or five years ago. Some
people who havent seen me in all these years say, Youve changed, you are
different, and I think for the best. But thats as a result of finding peace.