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 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?”
Official World Premiere, New York City
March 5th, 2019, 6:30 pm VIP reception, 8 pm screening with Q & A to follow
If you’re in the NYC area, please join us for the Official World Premiere. Click here for tickets via EventBrite.
General admission tickets will get you in for the film (with popcorn!) and the Q & A afterwards featuring
Thomas Jackson, director
Victoria Moran, Main Street Vegan, producer
Sailesh Rao, PhD, Climate Healers, producer
Rev. Frank Hoffman, AllCreatures.org
Jeffrey Cohan, JewishVeg
Suzy Welch, Today Show correspondent and animal advocate
VIP ticket holders will also be able to walk the red carpet for chatting & photo ops with the filmmaker and cast members.
You’ll also enjoy a fabulous buffet of vegan delectables from
The Organic Grill
Candle Cafe West
and take home a dazzling goody bag with gifts from Lush, The Fanciful Fox, Go Macro Bars, VegNews, and more.
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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, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them…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)
Final test screenings before the gala March 5 premiere:
Gainesville, FL: Cinema Verde Film Festival, Sunday, February 17 ~ Q & A with filmmaker Thomas Jackson
Dallas, TX: Unity of Dallas, Friday February 22 ~ Q & A with producer Victoria Moran
Our cast includes:
- 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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