Sure, Beyonce wants you to be vegan. But what about God?
We at Main Street Vegan are honored that our production arm has joined with filmmaker Thomas Wade Jackson, executive producers Sailesh Rao, PhD, Everett Phillips, and Holger Eick, associate producer Patti Breitman, and the rest of this amazing team to produce a new documentary, A Prayer for Compassion.
The film follows Jackson on a quest that crisscrosses America and takes him to Morocco for the UN Climate Conference and throughout the Indian subcontinent to ask the question, “Can compassion grow to include all beings? Can people who identify as religious or spiritual come to embrace the call to include all human and nonhuman beings in our circle of respect and caring and love?”
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Drawing on traditions including Christianity — evangelical, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Friends (Quakers), Seventh Day Adventism, Unity, and more; Judaism; Islam; Hinduism; Buddhism; Jainism; the Native American tradition; Unitarian Universalism; Zoroastrianism; and the “spiritual but not religious” point of view — A Prayer for Compassion calls on people of faith and spiritual seekers of every stripe to come together to bring about a world in which “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat. . . .They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:6 and 11:9)
Partial screening schedule
We are in theatrical release through the summer, meaning that individuals and organizations in the U.S. and Australia can easily and affordably screen the film in their areas. If you want to do a ticketed screening in a local cinema, you may go through Tugg: https://www.tugg.com/titles/a-prayer-for-compassion. If you are outside these countries, or if you have a venue (church, synagogue, library, etc.) and wish to do a free, public screening, please contact us directly: email@example.com. The film has been selected by VegFund as one of the vegan documentaries for which they will cover the licensing fee for free and donation-only public screenings. Read here for more information about hosting this film or another via VegFund.
Screenings currently scheduled include:
May 18, Columbus, IN ~ Bartholomew County Public Library, 536 5th St, 2pm. Free and open to the public. If you have questions, contact Amanda Burgdorf, firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 19, Youngstown, OH ~ Ohev Tzedek Synagogue, 5245 Glenwood Ave., 2:30 pm. Q&A to follow with Jeffrey Cohan, executive director of Jewish Veg, who appears in the film. Free admission. For additional information, contact Wanda Huberman, email@example.com.
May 23, London: UK Premiere ~ Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, 6 to 8:30 pm. Sponsored by Plantbased News and Bright magazine. Get tickets here.
May 25, Aberdeen, Scotland ~ Scottish premiere, Q & A to follow with filmmaker Thomas Jackson. Get tickets here.
May 25, Lansing, MI ~ Unity Spiritual Center of Lansing, 230 S. Holmes St., 6:30 pm, discussion to follow. Church events calendar.
May 27, Mason, OH ~ Regal Deerfield Town Center Stadium 16, 5500 Deerfield Blvd., 4 to 5:36 pm. This is a Tugg screening, so tickets much sell by May 19 in order for it to take place. Get tickets here.
May 27, Redwood City, CA ~ Special Memorial Screening featuring filmmaker Thomas Jackson, 3:30 pm, Cinemark Downtown Redwood 20. Info and tickets here.
May 30, Spokane, WA ~ Spokane Falls Community College, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. 6 to 8 pm. Facebook Event link here.
May 31, Mumbai, India ~ SHARAN Mumbai Center, 306 Laxmi Industrial Estate, above Axis Bank, 3rd floor, New Link Drive, Andheri West, Mumbai, 7 to 9 pm, Contact: 02240031909, 9769117747. Information here.
May 31, Ottawa, ON ~ St. Paul University, 233 Main, 6:30 to 10 pm, with discussion to follow with executive director Sailesh Rao, PhD, also featured in the film. This is a free screening hosted by the National Capital Vegetarian Association. More information here.
May 31, Subiaco, Western Australia – The Peace Tree, 6:30 pm. More information here.
June 2, Etobicoke, ON (Toronto area) ~ St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church, 782 Browns Line, Etobicoke, ON, M8W 3W2, church hall, 3 pm. Vegan snacks and refreshments. Contact: Fr. Donatello Iocco, 416-251-8282. Church website: www.stambrokeparish.com
June 3, Beverly Hills, CA ~ Laemmle’s Music Hall 3, 9036 Wilshire Blvd, 7:15 pm, presented by Vegan Flagship. Talk-back after with the filmmaker, Thomas Jackson. Click here for tickets.
June 13, Ramsey, NJ ~ Home screening, 7 pm. Q&A to follow with producer Victoria Moran.
June 20, Kansas City, MO ~ Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St., 7 pm, Q & A to follow with Victoria Moran, Peace to All Beings author Judy Carman, and vegan minister Rev. Carol Saunders. Free admission, love offering taken; contact Christine Garvey, 816-561-4466, ext. 109, for additional information.
June 23, Hendersonville, NC ~ Sanctuary Brewing Company, 147 1st Avenue, 4 to 7 pm. Facebook event here.
June 29, San Francisco, CA ~ San Francisco Wellness Central at Opera Plaza Community Room, 601 Van Ness. No charge, but RSVP to reserve your place by emailing RSVP@wellnesscentral.us, OR call (888) 234-1361.
“I was very moved by the many voices that make up this powerful documentary and by the unwavering conviction with which so many spiritual leaders spoke of the imperativeness to act now, align our actions with our spiritual values and take moral responsibility for humanity’s treatment of animals.” ~ Evanna Lynch
- Pramoda Chitrabhanu, Jain scholar and author
- Jeffrey Cohan, president, JewishVeg
- Rev. Ellen Debenport, vice-president of communication, Unity Worldwide Ministries
- Linda G. Fisher, noted artist and member of the Ojibwe Nation
- Bruce Friedrich, Roman Catholic and director of the Good Food Institute
- Rev. Frank Hoffman, United Methodist minister and director of All-Creatures.org
- Dr. Armaiti May, veterinarian and Zoroastrian
- Milton Mills, MD, urgent care physician and Seventh Day Adventist
- Imam Sohaib Sultan, first Muslim chaplain at Princeton University
- Will Tuttle, PhD, author of The World Peace Diet and former Zen monk
- Suzy Welch, Today show regular and evangelical Christian
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About the filmmakers:
Thomas Wade Jackson, The Compassion Project, LLC ~ Director
Thomas is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and musician. He received his Masters Degree from Florida State University’s prestigious College of Motion Picture Arts, where his thesis film, Slow Dancin’ Down the Aisles of the QuickCheck won both a Student Academy Award and a Student Emmy Award, as well as 20 other awards and honors. The film’s screenplay, and an interview with Thomas, is included in the fourth edition of the book Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect, published by Focal Press.
Before starting work on A Prayer for Compassion, Jackson directed the feature film Mind the Gap. Thomas has lived and worked in New York, Nashville and LA, and currently resides in North Florida.
He began his vegan journey in 2005 while living in Manhattan. It wasn’t until after the birth of his daughter in 2012, however, that he became “activated,” and found his passion and purpose in helping to create a more compassionate, peaceful world to leave his daughter and the children of all earthlings, no matter their species.
Victoria Moran & Main Street Vegan Productions ~ Producer
While earning an undergraduate degree in religious studies at North Central College in suburban Chicago, Victoria Moran received a Richter Fellowship for Foreign Study, leading to the 1985 publication of one of the first books ever written on veganism, Compassion the Ultimate Ethic.
Since then, she has become the bestselling author of books including Main Street Vegan, Creating a Charmed Life, and The Love-Powered Diet, and she appeared twice on Oprah.
Known for combining the ethical, spiritual, and health aspects of enlightened vegan living, Moran hosts of the Main Street Vegan podcast; directs Main Street Vegan Academy, training and certifying vegan lifestyle coaches; and with Main Street Vegan Productions, she backs films and events that promote a kinder, gentler world.
“This film reminds us that no being should be exempt from grace, kindness and compassion.” ~ moby
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