Neil Kramer & Niles Heckman talk to Mel Fabregas, host of Veritas Radio about their new film Transmutation.
This feature documentary explores the rarely-seen intimacies of deeply individualistic mystical experiences of everyday reality. A roving philosopher guides us through the striking forests, coastlines, deserts, and cities of the world, inviting us to embrace the intense mystery of our own existence. Is direct personal encounter with divinity a real thing? What secrets are buried in nature’s deep places? Why has mainstream culture sought to eradicate the awakened human? Is normality really our friend?
Transmutation explores personal mystical revelation amid the obstacles of mainstream culture. Sharing personal stories of individuals who have gone through profound life changes which have altered them for the better. Transmutation is a bold esoteric film with multiple layers of meaning that rewards repeat viewing for lovers of real-life mysteries. Director Niles Heckman: “We had zero budget but lots of time, so we made the most striking and substantial artistic piece we could. There’s a lot of hidden magic in this film – literally. Also, with so many documentaries being depressing, our goal was to make one which is empowering.”
Not only is this heartfelt indie filmmaking at its purest, but also an example of intentionally organic zero-marketing. The filmmakers communicated only with existing audiences via email and social media, with any wider exposure coming gradually by word of mouth. Commercial suicide? The filmmakers don’t care. Heckman said: “We honestly just wanted to play the long game and make something very beautiful and meaningful which can be watched 50 years from now and still be very much appreciated. And I believe we did. If it resonates with people who are curious about the deeper meanings of existence and seeking more, that’s wonderful.”