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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 via Tugg: https://www.tugg.com/titles/a-prayer-for-compassion. If you are outside these countries, please contact us directly: email@example.com. Screenings currently scheduled include:
March 23, Greenville, SC ~ Potluck dinner and screening, St. Giles’ Presbyterian Church, 1021 Hudson Road. Click here for more information and registration.
March 24, Greenbelt, MD (Washington, DC, area) ~ Luncheon, screening, and Q & A with producer Victoria Moran and other cast members, sponsored by Veg Society of DC Vegan Meetup at Pianta at the New Deal Cafe. Click here for more information and registration.
March 30, Phoenix, AZ ~ First Arabic Baptist Church, 2232 W. Campbell Ave., 6 pm, Q & A to follow with executive director Sailesh Rao, PhD. Click here for more information and registration.
April 10, Tempe, AZ ~ ASU Global Institute of Sustainability Screening, Wrigley Hall Rm 102, Arizona State University, Tempe Campus, 6:30 pm Q&A to follow with executive producer, Sailesh Rao, PhD. Click here for more information and registration.
April 13, Fort Myers, FL ~ Fort Myers Film Festival, 9:30 a.m. Click here for tickets.
April 18, New York City ~ AMC Empire Times Square, 6:30 pm, Q&A to follow with producer Victoria Moran and other cast members. Click here for tickets.
May 4, Sarasota, FL ~ Sarasota Veg Fest, Sarasota Fairgrounds. Click here for information.
May 11, Long Island, NY (Manhasset) ~ Veatch Ballroom, Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, 48 Shelter Rock Road (exit 36 off the Long Island Expressway), screening, brunch, and Q&A with producer Victoria Moran; 10 a.m. to 1 pm. $5 donation and bring vegan brunch item. For more information, email Leslee Rabb, firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 14, Williamsville, NY (Buffalo area) ~ Dipson Theatre Eastern Hills Cinema, 4545 Transit Road. Presented by Penelope’s Place The Sanctuary and Animal Advocates of WNY. Get tickets here.
May 23, London, UK ~ Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square. For additional information, email Laura Callan, email@example.com.
“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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